Specifying Thermal Break Materials for Steel Connections

Specifying Thermal Break Materials for Steel Connections

Composite materials have been used as a thermal break in bolted, steel connections for over fifteen years in Europe and nearly eight years here in North America.  How effective can they be?  What are the structural and fire property considerations?  Exterior wall...

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Designing Steel Connections With Thermal Break Materials

Designing Steel Connections With Thermal Break Materials

Materials with low thermal conductivities and high compression strengths have become a popular solution for reducing thermal bridging in steel connections that penetrate the building envelope.  While thermal breaks help to meet energy code requirements, materials that...

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Thermal Bridging in Steel Connections, Part 1

Thermal Bridging in Steel Connections, Part 1

Structural thermal break materials are used to reduce the heat loss associated with thermal bridging in steel connections that pass through exterior insulation.  They can also reduce the risk of condensation forming within the wall as the heat loss cools material...

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Thermal Bridging in Steel Connections, Part 2

Thermal Bridging in Steel Connections, Part 2

Structural thermal break materials are used to reduce the heat loss associated with thermal bridging in steel connections that pass through exterior insulation.  They can also reduce the risk of condensation forming within the wall as the heat loss cools material...

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