Streamlined Life Cycle Assessment of Transparent Silica Aerogel Made by Supercritical Drying

  title={Streamlined Life Cycle Assessment of Transparent Silica Aerogel Made by Supercritical Drying},
  author={Mark Dowson and M. D. W. Grogan and T. A. Birks and D. Harrison and Salmaan Craig},
When developing sustainable building fabric technologies, it is essential that the energy use and CO2 burden arising from manufacture does not outweigh the respective in use savings. This study investigates this paradigm by carrying out a streamlined life cycle assessment (LCA) of silica aerogel. This unique, nanoporous translucent insulation material has the lowest thermal conductivity of any solid, retaining up to four times as much heat as conventional insulation, whilst being highly… CONTINUE READING
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