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      March 17, 2021

      VIP Projects for NYU

      Always at the forefront in the use of new materials and technologies, SUPERSTRUCTURES was the first firm in New York City to specify Vacuum Insulated Panel (VIP) insulation in a roof restoration project for NYU’s Carlyle Court Towers.

      Current NYC energy code requirements mandate a minimum continuous insulation value of R-30 on the entire roof deck. Using conventional insulation to achieve this value can raise roof heights to a problematic level, impacting adjacent building components such as mechanical equipment, parapets, and skylights.

      VIPs, which incorporate a vacuum to inhibit heat transfer heat, offer a much thinner alternative to standard insulation in achieving the required R-30 rating. In fact, VIPs have about one-fifth the thermal conductivity of conventional insulation, and therefore about five times the R-value per unit thickness.

      Kingspan Insulation recently featured SUPERSTRUCTURES’ work in their article about the application of Optim-R VIPs for another NYU facility—726 Broadway. At Carlyle Court, setback terraces presented a challenge in terms of achieving code requirements. The insulation thickness in the existing roofing system was minimal and existing doors and through-wall air conditioning units were very low. Thus, use of traditional insulation to achieve an R-30 value wasn’t feasible. VIPs to the rescue.

      For both NYU projects, VIPs offered a route to energy code compliance without the complications of raising the roof. The solution also came at a significant cost savings to the buildings’ owner.

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