C. Buratti and E. Moretti, University of Perugia, Italy
This chapter discusses the utilization of silica nanogel to develop high energy-efficient windows and skylights. Silica aerogels are firstly discussed in terms of chemical structure, production process, and physical, mechanical, and thermal properties. The chapter then reviews their current applications in buildings as thermal and acoustic insulation materials. Finally, the potential of the nanogel windows for energy saving in buildings and the main future research trends are discussed.
highly energy-efficient windows
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