Light As Air

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Aerogel is a material that has been around for over 75 years, but it has just recently been used in some very futuristic building applications as thermal insulation.  It is a traditionally a silica based material that is comprised mostly of air…90% or more!  Starting out as a gel, the liquid element is extracted during production, leaving air pockets behind.

Cabot Corporation has taken this technology and made it commercially available in the form of insulating white blanket-like sheets.  About 2” of the material has an approximate insulating value of R-12.  Now, instead of eliminating the translucency of outdoor materials in exchange for insulation, tension panels can maintain both the beauty of light translucency and the functionality of insulation.  I love the flexibility of the material and can imagine making some really organic shaped insulated structures.

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Poly Georgette

Valerie C.

Valerie “Poly Georgette” has a passion for textiles and construction. She enjoys developing solutions utilizing a number of different substrates to dress a space. She has ten years of experience creating custom solutions and tracking down a plethora of amazing textiles, consistently dreaming up new ways to use them.

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