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Looking Past the Re lection: Conservation of Energy through Insulation Coatings

Due to the threat of Global warming, and the steady increase of the cost of energy, particularly electricity, so called "Cool Roof Coatings" or CRC’s, have received a lot of high-profile press in industry magazines due to their ability to drop surface temperature of roof structures during the summer months. 

Product Number: 41214-824-SG
Author: David A. Hunter
Publication Date: 2014
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Due to the threat of Global warming, and the steady increase of the cost of energy, particularly electricity, so called "Cool Roof Coatings" or CRC’s, have received a lot of high-profile press in industry magazines due to their ability to drop surface temperature of roof structures during the summer months. Indeed, the City of New York has a multi-million dollar plan to coat many roof structures with ceramic filled reflective coatings which has proven (at first application) to be effective at reducing surface temperature of the roof, and then, in theory, reduce the radiant heat imparted to the building, and consequently the amount of energy required to cool the building. Thermal Insulation Coatings are different. Thermal Insulation Coatings or (TIC’s) have a much broader range of use, and do not simply reflect the sun's energy, but can actually reduce temperature across the medium in either direction. That is, they can actually do what a CRC can do, but also can keep heat in, like an insulation. These applications include uses in marine, automotive, industrial and commercial fields. This new acceptance of TICs is quick to attract aspirant type products that can be easily confused with other types of reflective (solar reflective) coatings and therefore can discount true thermal insulation coatings. A true insulation coating material can insulate substrates from thermal transfer (and offer sound attenuation) in the same manner as conventional insulation, but with many more clear benefits than conventional insulation. This article of will compare and contrast insulation coatings vs. reflective coatings insulative coatings and provide specific examples of applications which improve performance or reduce consumption of energy.

Due to the threat of Global warming, and the steady increase of the cost of energy, particularly electricity, so called "Cool Roof Coatings" or CRC’s, have received a lot of high-profile press in industry magazines due to their ability to drop surface temperature of roof structures during the summer months. Indeed, the City of New York has a multi-million dollar plan to coat many roof structures with ceramic filled reflective coatings which has proven (at first application) to be effective at reducing surface temperature of the roof, and then, in theory, reduce the radiant heat imparted to the building, and consequently the amount of energy required to cool the building. Thermal Insulation Coatings are different. Thermal Insulation Coatings or (TIC’s) have a much broader range of use, and do not simply reflect the sun's energy, but can actually reduce temperature across the medium in either direction. That is, they can actually do what a CRC can do, but also can keep heat in, like an insulation. These applications include uses in marine, automotive, industrial and commercial fields. This new acceptance of TICs is quick to attract aspirant type products that can be easily confused with other types of reflective (solar reflective) coatings and therefore can discount true thermal insulation coatings. A true insulation coating material can insulate substrates from thermal transfer (and offer sound attenuation) in the same manner as conventional insulation, but with many more clear benefits than conventional insulation. This article of will compare and contrast insulation coatings vs. reflective coatings insulative coatings and provide specific examples of applications which improve performance or reduce consumption of energy.

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