Structural Thermal Breaks – a showcase of energy efficiency projects

14th Jan 2022

We are pleased to share a few of our recent and upcoming projects, which highlight where Structural Thermal Breaks are commonly utilised across the building  construction industry to maximise energy efficiency.

Medius House, central London

As part of the redevelopment and refurbishment of Castlewood House and Medius House on New Oxford Street, this scheme will deliver 20 new affordable homes built over retail units in a central location, without losing the Grade II-listed façade of the existing building.

Farrat are working with Skanska to achieve the highest standard of structural and thermal insulation, with the supply of our high-strength, fire-rated Structural Thermal Break material Farrat TBF.  In a densely populated area such as central London, energy efficiency and fire safety are both vital considerations. Using an A2 Non-combustible thermal break not only achieved energy reducing thermal performance at the structural penetrations but also ensured the highest levels of building envelope fire safety.

The £83M design and build project is still in progress and we look forward to it’s completion in the future.

Medius House Farrrat FTB
Millford Green
Millford Green - image from Open Doors Construction

Millford Green

Farrat are supporting Willmott Dixon to deliver their first net-zero carbon project, with the supply of our low thermal conductivity and high compressive strength Structural Thermal Break material: Farrat TBK. Farrat TBK is the optimum balance of thermal and structural performance being as strong as steel but with over 100% better insulation performance.

The state-of-the-art carbon-neutral retirement living village will compromise of 80 apartments and one assisted living block at the centre of a sustainable village complex. Additional facilities will include a restaurant, swimming pool, yoga deck, library, craft room, and bike and buggy stores.

Gorton Community Hub

Gorton Community Hub is a new £22m community hub recently approved by Manchester Council for construction on a brownfield site in the previous location of a suburban pub.

Farrat is supplying A2 fire-rated Structural Thermal Breaks for integration into the steel-to-steel connections, to ensure structural integrity whilst assisting in achieving the highest levels of thermal performance.

The facility is set to be a ‘one-stop shop’ at the heart of the local community, which will enable residents to access much-needed services – bringing together doctor’s surgeries, mental health care services, and a library in one centre.

Farrat will supply A2 fire-rated Structural Thermal Breaks for integration between steel connections, to ensure structural integrity and provide high-performance thermal insulation.

Gorton Community Hub - image from Manchester Council

Travel Lodge Est Docklands

Farrat are supporting PTSG Access to deliver a new build contemporary Travelodge in the East India Dock area of London Docklands, on an undeveloped nearby brownfield site.

As well as allowing solid structural connections between external elements and the main structure, Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks reduce the heat sapping effects of thermal bridges making it possible for designs to meet the stringent energy performance requirements of a modern building.

The design is further reflective of the hospitality industry’s new focus on reducing their impact on the environment, with 40 percent of all parking spaces assigned as electric charging points. The hotel will also feature a ‘pocket park’ with enhanced landscaping to the perimeter with planting designed to mitigate air pollution.

Engineers on a mission for 2022

Farrat supports clients to deliver a wide range of projects across the world, with an increasing focus on social usefulness, energy efficiency, and sustainability. This might include bringing integrated services to regions that need them, working around issues surrounding utilising brownfield sites over greenfield, the promotion of the most reusable and recyclable materials such as steel, and superior insulation.

We are dedicated to continuing to work alongside forward-thinking partners and clients in 2022 to create the most energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, without compromising on design.

#onamission