Created specifically to provide designers with an enhanced understanding of the thermal bridging, the Design Guide begins with an introduction to thermal bridging, explaining how heat moves through building assemblies, what effects are made to the surface temperatures and condensation control of building assemblies, and what variable are important to measure.
Further to understanding, the Design Guide walks though the methods of calculating the impact of thermal bridges on 1) the heat flows, 2) temperatures and 3) moisture performance of building enclosures. Best practice examples present how the impact of thermal bridges can be mitigated during design, both in general and using Schöck Isokorb® thermal breaks.
Procedures and examples to evaluate the energy benefit using whole building energy modeling and how best to integrate solutions for performance and code compliance are presented in the Design Guide.
"With the rapid increase of thermal performance requirements in building codes, we aim to educate the market and prepare designers from our expertise in building science. Our goal was to create a tool which designers can use to further understand how to calculate the impact of thermal bridges and ultimately how to avoid thermal bridging while meeting code compliance." - Adam Kimble, Head of North America, Schöck USA Inc.
The Design Guide was created in collaboration with leading engineering firm, Morrison Hershfield Limited, and draws from the methods and results of thermal modeling carried out under and ASHRAE sponsored research project, ASHRAE 1365 RP Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details for Mid and High Rise Buildings.
A copy of the Design Guide can be obtained from a Schӧck member or from the Thermal Bridging Solution Center, due to release online by mid-July 2014.
Schöck is proud of its reputation for customer service and innovative thermal break products installed in The Tower at PNC Plaza, Kimbell Art Museum, Fulton Street Transit Center, 2012 Olympics Village and Aquatic Centre, and Umass Life Science Laboratory.
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