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Thermal Bridging Concepts for Structural Engineers

  • 13 Feb 2024
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Maggiano's, The Shops at Willow Bend (6001 W. Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093)
  • 8


Presentation Summary:

With increasingly stringent codes and building performance requirements, more project teams are starting to assess the impact of thermal bridging on building enclosure performance. Most structural materials, such as concrete and steel, are highly conductive and can create a thermal bridge when bypassing the enclosure insulation layers. Thermal bridging not only decreases the effectiveness of the insulation but can create a risk of condensation. Common thermal bridges include column/beam penetrations, masonry shelf angles, balconies, steel studs, and façade attachment systems. Methodologies to quantify thermal bridging have recently been developed in North America, along with a wide variety of methods and proprietary thermal break products such as structural thermal breaks. This presentation intends to help structural engineers with the following:

  • Understand typical structural thermal bridges and their impact on building enclosure performance.
  • Learn methods to mitigate thermal bridging, such as structural thermal breaks.
  • Identify important design and construction coordination considerations for structural thermal breaks. 

About the Speakers:

Rick Ziegler is a building enclosure consultant with Morrison Hershfield, specializing in the design and rehabilitation of building enclosure systems. With over 15 years of experience, he has consulted on a broad range of existing and new buildings in various climate zones. His work includes assessments, forensic investigations, façade and roof design, design reviews, specification development, and construction administration.

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