This month, Farrat have been featured in Passive House+ Sustainable Building Magazine, advising structural engineers and designers on how to specify carefully to eliminate thermal bridges in buildings and structures.
Energy efficiency is an increasingly important parameter in building design. Building components that penetrate the insulated envelope will produce a thermal bridge, resulting in significant energy loss if not addressed. Whilst energy loss is important there is also a higher chance that this could lead to condensation with resulting damage to the building’s fabric and mould growth.
Farrat have been bridging the gap with specialist Structural Thermal Break Plates for decades, therefore we know that appropriate analysis, detailing and specification are key to achieving good building performance.
There are few standard construction details where thermal breaks are incorporated because of the large variety of construction materials and systems forming the building envelope. The trick is to choose a thermal break plate solution that is both simple and effective. Structural connections incorporating thermal break plates need to perform well both thermally and structurally and of course there will be a compromise to satisfy both requirements. It is absolutely vital that the thermal break material is fit for purpose.