Thermal Break Applications


Solutions for Thermal Bridging

It has been established that the heat loss caused by thermal bridging significantly reduces the R value of roofs, walls and foundations.  The amount of heat lost depends on the building enclosure design, climate zone and type of thermal bridging detail.  Thermal breaks improve the effective R value of wall and roof assemblies and help keep material surface temperatures above the dew point.  Thermal bridging occurs at many locations within the building envelope.  Below we have given a list of these locations in walls, roofs and foundations. 

For each application, thermal bridging can occur at single connection points (think canopy or roof post) or at areas defined by length (think masonry shelf angle or foundation wall).  Heat flow at these details is commonly referred to as transmittancepoint transmittance or linear transmittance per unit length.  Transmittance lowers R value.  Even the clear field R value of a wall or roof can be reduced due to thermal bridging at fasteners, Z girts, clips, etc.  These heat flow paths (point, linear and clear field) result in lower than expected R values and higher energy consumption.  

wall base thermal bridging

Heat Loss At Foundation Wall Transition

Thermal Bridging Locations in the Building Envelope


Parapet, Roof Edge, Dunnage Support, Wind/Equipment Screen Post, Fall Arrest Anchor   

Metal Buildings

Roof purlins, wall purlins, column bases, wall to foundation

Balconies, Canopies, Sunshades   

Steel, concrete, precast, 

Cladding Attachments 

Clips, brackets, shelf angles, modular panel connections

Curtain Walls & Storefronts

Anchors, support plates, mullions


Window and Door frame attachments, thresholds, lintels

Foundation Wall

Wall to Foundation transitions, beam connections

If you have a technical question about any of our structural thermal break products or thermal bridging solutions in general, please contact us to discuss.