18. September 2013

Passive House New York Presentation @ DORMA Showroom

from Matt Capone

Last week I was fortunate to speak to a group of over 50 NYC “passivists” about solving the thermal bridging problem in concrete slab and steel beam connections.


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In this context, passivists are architects, designers, builders and those involved in the promotion and ideals of the Passive House movement and members of PHNY.

“Passivhaus” is a German energy standard based on very highly performing buildings of all shapes sizes and materials. Key focuses are super airtight, highly insulated envelopes and super-efficient heating systems. The impact of thermal bridging on these buildings is amplified and these areas are critical to the overall performance of the building. Many are now familiar with Isokorb® products used on projects throughout the US.

Schӧck features several types of Isokorb® which have recently been certified as thermal bridge free by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.


Essentially the same product… only more efficient. While our typical products are setup for 3″ of exterior insulation, these XT products are 5″ thick to serve the needs of these super-efficient types of structures.

Next month we will be furthering the Passive House discussion at the annual PHIUS conference in Pittsburgh. I will be presenting a presentation on Concrete Balconies and Thermal Bridges: Multi-family Case Study.  Anyone interested in hearing more about our Passive house products can request an AIA or PHD course, or contact us at info@schock-us.com.


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