Friday, July 27, 2012

Thermal Bridging Working Group Update


The Thermal Bridging Working Group is actively trying to spread awareness of thermal bridging, and how structural engineers can address it, to help make more efficient building envelopes and reduce unnecessary energy losses. This has been aided with their recent publication in AISC’s ModernSteel Construction. Learn more about this free resource on our previous post or download the file electronically from MSC

Detailing to prevent or reduce thermal bridging is much more mainstream outside of the United States, so the group is working to bring local consultants up to speed, and make all designers aware of the issues and impacts associated with envelope details. A recent article in Building Science emphasizes the importance of proper detailing to prevent thermal bridges, and points out some common details. This article by Joseph Lstiburek can be found here.

In the meantime, the group is working on their next publication, which is a larger guide to thermal bridging. This new guide will focus on all material types including wood, masonry, and concrete. They are also hoping to arrange some presentations throughout the country over the next year. Stay posted for more information regarding upcoming speaking dates.

Article by Thermal Bridging Working Group web liaison Raquel Ranieri, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, senior associate with Walter P Moore in Los Angeles, CA. For more information about the Thermal Bridging Working Group please refer to our website.

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