NASA has developed a water-based paint and hollow glass microspheres, with the potential to reduce the temperature and power consumption inside our homes.
This revolutionary ink can be applied to any surface, but to achieve its full potential, the ink should be applied on roofs of buildings, since their incidence of direct sunlight will be higher.
The ink of this accumulated heat as an energy source, to a reduction in energy consumption of around 60%.
Initially, the ink is designed to be used in aircraft, pipes, and vessels in order to reduce the heat in these structures. However, some investors realized the potential that this ink could mean for the average consumer since its price was much cheaper than the polyurethane foam, known material used in thermal insulation.
This innovative coating can be a viable option to the air conditioning, especially if we consider the high environmental impact that this appliance causes for their high energy consumption.
For the director of the company WC Thermal Insulation, Walter Ferreira Crivelente if “the room is well ventilated, the thermal sensation in a torn-up pleasant indoor environment, without air conditioning.”
The gain more space in the market, this paint could not, however, win the great works, since international guidelines continue to have as mandatory the use of polyurethane in the works.
With very similar characteristics to conventional inks, with the difference of having a cost quite lower than the polyurethane foam and are not necessary specific qualifications for the application, this ink still has, unfortunately, a long way to go in the challenge of becoming established practice in the construction market.