Thermal bridging through steel and concrete framing can have a significant impact on a building’s energy performance. Reducing heat flow within a building’s thermal envelope reduces energy consumption as well as potential condensation issues.
Armadillo Structural Connections group has developed Armatherm500 a thermal break material that significantly reduces the amount of energy lost from thermal bridging and improves building envelope performance by helping to meet ASHRAE 90.1 energy code compliance.
Roof to wall and parapet locations require structural framing for support which prevents continuous insulation from roof to façade. This creates a thermal bridge which can be prevented by using an Armatherm500 series structural thermal break under the parapet connecting the façade and roof insulation and improving the effective R-value by as much as 30 percent. A thermal break can also be installed within the envelope at roof penetration points where structural elements are supported.
Foundations are a part of a building’s envelope. The connection from slab on grade to foundation wall and wall above foundation wall are both areas where thermal bridging occurs. Armatherm500 series material can support and transfer loads up to 2,500 psi while providing minimal energy loss.
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