Chris Ford

Concrete Slab Edges; How Thin is Too Thin?

It’s hard to pinpoint an innovation or advancement in today’s world that isn’t due to improved technology. Building design is no exception. With its continual evolution, the limits and tolerances that we design and construct with, previously deemed “unachievable”, are now continually surpassed with each new building design – shaping it differently, building it taller, cantilevering it further, or designing it thinner.

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Brent Chancellor

Is your building envelope up to par with the latest energy codes?

The 2016 New York City Energy Conservation code went into effect on October 3rd and is based on the ASHRAE IES 90.1-2013/IECC 2015 code already adopted by Illinois, Maryland, Texas, Alabama, Washington, Vermont and New Jersey.

ASHRAE 90.1 Adoption Map

ASHRAE 90.1 Adoption Map

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Abby Mycek

Introducing Brent Chancellor, New York City and Mid Atlantic Regional Sales Manager

In June 2016, Schöck welcomed its New York City and Mid Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, Brent Chancellor, to the team. Brent currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey but is an Oklahoma boy at heart having grown up in a suburb of Oklahoma City riding the range and roping tornadoes for fun.

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Chris Ford

Structural Thermal Breaks: Not Just For Balconies



Let’s play a word association game – what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see or hear “structural thermal break?”

There are two common responses to this question: read more…

Tracy Dacko

Streamlining Lunch & Learns

When our team sat down together to discuss the Lunch & Learn process for Schöck in North America, one word dominated our conversation: efficiency.  We believe in creating greater efficiency wherever possible; it’s been the guiding principle in our business since our founder, Eberhard Schöck, designed the first thermal break more than 50 years ago. So naturally, when we started fleshing out our process, making it as efficient and effortless as possible was our number one priority.

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Abby Mycek

Introducing Chris Ford, Northeast Regional Sales Manager


Above: Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Schöck USA Inc., Chris Ford.

In April 2016, Schock welcomed its first Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Christopher Ford, to its team. A New Jersey native and a Stevens Institute of Technology alum, Chris’ experience studying, living, and working in the Tri-State area makes him both an expert on the region and an exciting addition to the North American team.

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Mike DeVries

Thermal Paint: Don’t Believe the Hype

Alton King's attic after being painted with insulating paint

Alton King’s attic after being painted with insulating paint (Photo from

Recently with energy codes getting tougher and tougher, everyone is looking to come up with energy efficient ways to meet these codes. ASHRAE and IECC codes have been recommending continuous exterior insulation for a number of years and in the most recent versions have now made it a requirement. read more…

Abby Mycek

Introducing Patrick Chan, Pacific Northwest Regional Sales Manager

Left: Patrick Chan, Northwest Regional Sales Manager Right: Joe Fyock, Inside Sales Manager for North America

Left: Patrick Chan, Pacific Northwest Regional Sales Manager
Right: Joe Fyock, Inside Sales Manager for North America


Patrick M.B Chan has a passion for finding solutions to reducing the environmental footprints of buildings as an effective means of tackling global warming.

After graduating with a Civil Engineering degree (B.A.Sc.) from the University of British Columbia, his primary focus and expertise has been exploring innovative ways to make building envelopes more thermally efficient in order to reduce the overall energy usage from these structures.  read more…

Tracy Dacko

Introducing Mike DeVries, Midwest Regional Sales Manager


Hello! My name is Mike DeVries (the last part of my name rhymes with ‘breeze’…like the breeze coming off the Great Lakes). I joined the North American Schöck family in January of this year as the Midwest Regional Sales Manager. I live in Northwest Indiana, about thirty minutes outside of Chicago, and grew up on the South side of Chicago ­– a South side Cubs fan in a White Sox world! read more…

Angie Tennyson

Reaching for Higher Performance in Tall Buildings

October marked the completion of the Tower at PNC Plaza.

Congratulation to the teams involved, on an incredible design and construction accomplishment in Pittsburgh.

This tower stands as an example before other tall buildings on innovation in design and collaborations of design teams. read more…

Angie Tennyson

Smithsonian NMAAHC: David Adjaye’s Work

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will complete in 2016, occupying the last available space on the National Mall in Washington D.C.


The museum was presented with a common problem found in commercial building design; “How to connect rooftop equipment while avoiding thermal bridging and rooftop moisture issues.

Construction at this site was similar to the Kimbell Art Museum and Contemporary Art Center in that they are especially sensitive to the concerns of air quality and humidity control due to the collections and various objects that are protected within.  read more…

Matt Capone

Setting the Bar in Boston

Construction at Millennium Tower

Millennium Tower Boston

Millennium Tower Boston is setting the bar high, creating a new level in standards for multi-use residential projects in Boston.
The luxury residential tower is rising 60-stories at 1 Franklin Street . Schӧck was on-site to provide guidance with installing Isokorb® structural thermal breaks in terrace slabs for each penthouse unit. read more…

Angie Tennyson

Cicero and George Elderly Housing Project in Chicago

A new project in Chicago is breaking ground and Schӧck is pleased to be part of it.

The six-story, 79-unit building on the North-West corner of Cicero and George in Chicago, Illinois is part of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation. The residential building is for seniors age 55 and over whose income meets the needs for affordable housing. The project will utilize Schӧck Isokorb type CM structural thermal breaks in the concrete slab connections of 16 balconies.

Hispanic Housing Development

Rendering of Cicero and George Elderly Housing

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Adam Kimble

Perseverance of a Community Project

Sainte-Germaine-Cousin is a project for the community. Located in Quebec, the church of Ste-Germaine-Cousin has come a long way, overcoming an asbestos closure in 2005.

Today, the revitalized church building stands central with a new addition, a curvy, s- shaped structure, of affordable housing with 126 affordable (PAPA type) units and intermediate housing for seniors.

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Image Source: Saul Rosales

Asbestos within Ste-Germaine Cousin Church presented a considerable financial challenge. After the closure of the church building, it was 7 years later in which construction began with asbestos removal and groundwork for the new addition. However, perseverance has proven successful, providing an exceptional building of great heritage value.

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Alexander Krenczik

How Structural Thermal Breaks Meet Fire Safety in BC Building Codes

Schock Isokorb® structural thermal break’s primary function is improving energy efficiency, yet equally important to building performance is building safety. As the Vancouver construction market continues to strive for new heights in building performance, Schock Isokorb® thermal break installations increase.

A recent installation of structural thermal breaks in Surrey at 3 Civic Plaza  initiated an evaluation of the Division 3 Part B of BC Building Code 2012  by fire code experts GHL Consultants LTD.




The results of the report  by GHL Consultants confirm that Schock Isokorb® structural thermal breaks will meet the BC building code requirements. read more…

Dieter Hardock

Solutions to Thermally Efficient Building Envelope Details

Building envelope thermal performance is greatly affected by thermal bridging, or localized areas of increased heat flow through walls and roofs. Mitigating the impact of thermal bridging is not only necessary to reduce energy consumption but is also an important consideration for minimizing the risk of condensation on cold surfaces and for maintaining occupant comfort.

As part of new Building Envelope Thermal Bridging (BETB) Guide, various construction details have been analyzed to evaluate traditional thermal bridges and various solutions provided by Schöck Isokorb. Please find the report here.


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Angie Tennyson

3 Civic Plaza is Leading the Transformation of Surrey

3 Civic Plaza

3 Civic Plaza

Our latest project installing in Canada is leading Surrey’s transformation from an agricultural and bedroom community into a city with an urban core.

It is as shocking as it is impressive, say urban planners from across North America-via Vancouver & BC business news, people, data & events | Business in Vancouver.  read more…

Angie Tennyson

Update on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture

The NMAAHC is making monumental progress towards their goal to open in the Fall. Here is an image taken by S2N Technology on the current progress.

National Museum of African American History & Culture March 2015 Update

National Museum of African American History & Culture March 2015 Update.                 Image source: S2N Technology.

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Angie Tennyson

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Ireland

On St. Patrick’s Day, we visit Ireland to share the Garden Still House, one of the most modern distilleries in the world.

Schöck Isokorb® Prevents Thermal Bridging in Irish Distillery

Schöck Isokorb® Prevents Thermal Bridging in Irish Distillery

Irish Distiller, Pernod Ricard produces well know beverages such as Jameson Irish Whiskey, Malibu, Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate and Mumm. Yet they reached production capacity at 33 million liters of pure alcohol per year. With an increase in international demand, an investment of $135 million for a production plant was planned to double capacity.

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Alexander Krenczik

Around the Corner Balcony


Condominiums and apartment buildings can be designed with corner, wrap around balconies to provide dramatic views. These corner balconies are most commonly cantilevered concrete balconies which are a slab extension from the building’s interior slab surface.

Corner balconies provide heightened aesthetics designs as well as ensure optimal sun exposure on the balcony. This is especially important when your balcony faces east, to allow a corner section on the south to provide additional sun exposure during the day. In dormitories, balconies are often used as loggia walkways around the building as an evacuation scenario for a fast and secure escape.

Building with Wrap around Corner Balconies.

Building with Wrap around Corner Balconies.

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Matt Capone

Structural Thermal Breaks in New Arizona Center for Law and Society

Arizona Center for Law and Society  New Construction. Source: ATCHAIN for Ennead Architects in collaboration with Jones Studio

Arizona Center for Law and Society. Source: ATCHAIN for Ennead Architects in collaboration with Jones Studio

ASU’s new Arizona Center for Law and Society broke ground in October 2014 for their 260,000 square-foot facility in downtown Phoenix. The new building is planned to accommodate a projected growth in student population of 20-30% over 10 years,  and will house the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and the McCain Institute for ­International Leadership, and the ASU Alumni Law Group.

The ASU project will be using Schӧck Isokorb® structural thermal breaks in their structural steel beam connections to offer thermal protection and alleviate condensation issues at the building envelope. Structural thermal breaks will be one of the many energy saving features of the building.

ASU high performance building envelope. Source: ATCHAIN for Ennead Architects in collaboration with Jones Studio

ASU high performance building envelope. Source: ATCHAIN for Ennead Architects in collaboration with Jones Studio

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Angie Tennyson

ENR’s Image of the Year Contest Features Isokorb® Projects

For the past two years, ENR’s Annual Construction Image Contest has featured projects which include Isokorb® structural thermal breaks selected in the winning images.

2014 Winner- Tower at PNC Plaza

The most recent 2014 winners include an image of the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburg, photographed by Mark Beckett of Century Steel Erectors.

ENR Image of the Tower at PNC Plaza, Image Source:

The Tower at PNC Plaza is currently under construction, yet the final steel beam was installed this week.

Mark Beckett was onsite at the ceremony of the final beam erection.

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Tower at PNC Plaza’s final beam ceremony.

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Matt Capone

Boston’s Seaport District Installs Thermally Broken Balcony

While the development of Boston’s Seaport District has been in full swing for some time now – It recently had a milestone in building innovation.


Watermark, in Seaport Square, is the first project in Boston to break the mold by building with structural thermal breaks for concrete balcony construction. The Watermark Seaport project features a six-story building and a 17-story luxury residential tower at a total of 275,000 square-feet with 300 apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail space. The project is  utilizing Schӧck Isokorb® structural thermal break technology for a concrete cantilever balcony overlooking the pedestrian walkways. read more…

Mike Lemen

The Intersection of Glazing Systems with Structural Thermal Breaks

Architects and Engineers often ask about the design considerations when the connection of the window wall glazing system closely intersects with the structural thermal break connection at the balcony.


Balcony window and thermal bridge connection

This Design Break will take a look at the considerations when preparing the details of the glazing system with a structural thermal break connection for concrete, such as you see in the J22 project in Edmonton. read more…

Matt Capone

NYC Energy Code Crackdown

Can you believe 9 out of 10 projects which submit for building permits in New York City fail to meet the baseline energy code?

Seems difficult to imagine, considering the code requirements have not even changed recently.


Photo by Tyrone Turner/National Geographic – infrared showing heat loss from NYC buildings

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