DuPont™ Energain® Reduces AC & Heating Costs
Wilmington, DE - DuPont has introduced DuPont™ Energain®, an innovative concept in thermal mass that provides a long-term sustainable solution to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in public, commercial and residential buildings.
DuPont™ Energain®, a significant advancement in sustainable building materials, was recently introduced in the United Kingdom. It is a finalist for the 2007 Carbon Trust Innovation Award.
The DuPont-patented thermal mass panels significantly slow down temperature increases within a room, reducing temperature peaks by as much as 12°F or 7°C, providing greater comfort for consumers and reducing the need for air conditioning. Conversely, as temperatures drop, the absorbed heat in the panels is released, slowing down the cooling of rooms and lessening the need to resort to heating systems. Through the use of DuPont™ Energain®, a building can realize an average of 35 percent air conditioning cost savings and up to 15 percent reduction in heating system costs.
“DuPont™ Energain® is an exciting new product that has the potential to revolutionize the way the world constructs,” said Tom Powell, vice president and general manager, DuPont Building Innovations.
“DuPont has a long tradition of using science and innovation to deliver advanced products to the marketplace, enabling architects and designers to build sustainable, cost-efficient buildings. DuPont™ Energain® will offer unprecedented efficiency for broad sectors of the construction market.”
Tested in the laboratory at INSA, the University of Lyon and currently by the EDF Group (Electricité de France) in a fully equipped test house in France, DuPont™ Energain® was launched initially in the United Kingdom, with further rollout planned in other European countries. DuPont™ Energain® has been awarded a LIFE Grant from the European Commission as part of its support package for Energy Efficient Buildings Systems project.
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