When the National Football League (NFL) announced its 52nd championship game would take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, professionals in hospitality, commercial real estate, and construction industries in the Twin Cities scrambled to capitalize on the future economic infusion from the big game, slated for February 4.
Many conflate R-value with good thermal performance or insulating value. The belief is the higher the R-value, the better the thermal performance. However, as a blanket statement, this could not be any further from the truth.
Insulation manufacturers have devised numerous ways to improve the thermal performance of their products. Adding carbon or alumina particles to expanded polystyrene (EPS) increases infrared reflectance, and hence boosts R-value. For buildings that need heat stopped during the day and released at night, there are phase-change materials.