Partners in Thermal Bridgingfrom Russ Miller-Johnson
Talk about feeling like you have a partner in combatting thermal bridging.
I’ve recently designed with Isokorb structural thermal connections on an upstate New York hospital addition and a New Hampshire 180,000 square feet office and manufacturing facility with a high-performance envelope. Having a specifiable product has helped with the push to get these projects actually built.
While the common sense – “Oh, Yea,” – reaction is not new among Architects and Mechanical Engineers, there seemed to be relief that one proven product can be specified – as opposed to a rag and bone shop of structural parts (or nothing, not even insulating inside) as in the past.
The discussions and interest that develops as folks hear about Isokorb and hold the sample connection hardware is heartening and will hopefully build the acceptance as basic practice (2 more projects on the boards).
Thanks to Schӧck for having an informational display at this year’s Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) Summer Social meeting. The event was held at the Green Mountain Club in Waterbury, Vermont, and featured the first Vermont Green Building Awards; which were based on operational energy use reductions (energy intensity).
The Award categories were:
Vermont’s Greener Buildings: Projects demonstrating energy use intensity below 30 kbtu/sf/yr for non-residential and 25kbtu/sf/yr for residential.
Going Green: Projects with energy use intensity below 50 kbtu/sf/yr
People’s Choice Award: Selected by Participants at the Summer Social
The Vermont Green Building Network http://www.vgbn.org is USGBC’s Vermont Chapter; Schock is a recent sponsor.