Tag: high-performance envelope

21. August 2015

Setting the Bar in Boston

from Matt Capone
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

31. July 2015

Cicero and George Elderly Housing Project in Chicago

from Angie Tennyson

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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18. June 2015

Perseverance of a Community Project

from Adam Kimble

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.

Ste germaine 1
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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10. June 2015

How Structural Thermal Breaks Meet Fire Safety in BC Building Codes

from Alexander Krenczik

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

08. April 2015

Solutions to Thermally Efficient Building Envelope Details

from Dieter Hardock

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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11. March 2015

Structural Thermal Breaks in New Arizona Center for Law and Society

from Matt Capone
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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03. September 2014

NYC Energy Code Crackdown

from Matt Capone

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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20. August 2014

Second Installation at University of Massachusetts at Amherst

from Angie Tennyson

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has completed the installation of Isokorb® structural thermal breaks in their second project, the Champions Center.


IMAGE SOURCE:   http://www.jcj.com/championscenter
IMAGE SOURCE: http://www.jcj.com/championscenter

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22. July 2014

Passive House Multi-Family Project- Kiln Apartments

from Mike Lemen

The Kiln Apartments of Portland, Oregon are positioned to be one of the largest mixed-use, multi-family buildings at such a high energy efficiency standards. With the target design goal to meet and exceed Passive House requirements, the Kiln apartment is said to be the largest Passive House project in the U.S.


At these aggressive energy efficient standards, the building is actually required to be 65-75 percent better than Portland’s industry leading building codes.

Kiln Apartments in Portland, OR
Kiln Apartments in Portland, OR

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11. June 2014

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

from Angie Tennyson


Source: http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/02/Smithsonian-NMAAHC-David-Adjaye-1.jpg
Source: http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/02/Smithsonian-NMAAHC-David-Adjaye-1.jpg

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), on the National Mall in Washington DC, broke ground early 2012. With a schedule to open in Fall 2015, the museum continues to progress towards becoming a flagship venue for ceremonies and performances, as well as a exhibition space for African American history and culture.

The NMAAHC was designed as a joint venture of Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup. Architect, David Adjaye was recently featured in an article in CNN,   noted as a “starchitect” for his international designs and awards. He is also known for his work at Sugar Hill in Harlem, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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13. March 2014

The Growing Modern Campus of Sacred Heart University

from Matt Capone

In May 2013, Sacred Heart University Campus in Fairfield, CT broke ground on the largest new academic building in the school’s 50-year history.  The new structure will house the John F. Welch College of Business (COB), the Department of Communications, the Media Studies programs and the Executive Leadership Institute at 5401 Park Ave.

Image Source: Sasaki, http://www.sasaki.com/project/155/
Image Source: Sasaki, http://www.sasaki.com/project/155/

Designed by Sasaki Associates, the modern three- level, 125,000 square-feet design strives to balance traditional with contemporary. Building on technology as the backbone, the new building will provide a professional and collaborative environment for learning at all levels.

Source: Sasaki, http://www.sasaki.com/project/155/
Source: Sasaki, http://www.sasaki.com/project/155/

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04. March 2014

Exterior Steel Beams that Break Thermal Bridging

from Adam Kimble

Steel is the most popular framing material for non-residential buildings in the US. As the AISC’s slogan goes, “There is always a solution in steel.”  It is sustainable and readily available, strong in both compression and tension, and allows acceleration of project schedules making it a cost effective construction option.

Canopy steel structure

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24. January 2014

Schock Welcomes Mike Lemen

from Mike Lemen

My name is Mike Lemen from Washington State in the Pacific Northwest. I’m proud to join the Schӧck family of Innovation Building Solution as Sales Manager for Western North America including Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.

Mike Lemen 2

Mike at a recent jobsite visit to LIDO in Vancouver Canada.

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23. January 2014

Field House at Middlebury College

from Matt Capone


I recently traveled to Middlebury, Vermont to conduct an on-site training and assistance for the installation of Schöck Isokorb® thermal breaks on the New Field House at Middlebury College .

It was nice to have some good weather for the drive:

The Schöck Isokorb® S22 structural thermal breaks are currently being installed on the New Field House at Middlebury College .


The Isokorb® thermal break modules are used to isolate large beam overhangs along the main promenade next to the building.

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16. December 2013

New York Luxury Condos with Isokorb®

from Matt Capone

Installation of Isokorb® continues at 199 Mott Street, by Alfa Development.

The 199 Mott St. condo building is being labeled, “The Green Collection” due to the energy efficient initiatives which are being installed in the structure.


Located in the Nolita area of New York, between Kenmare and Spring Street, construction continues to progress on the “steampunk aesthetic” development. Kutnicki Bernstein Architects designed the boutique, eight story building, which will include a ground-level retail area, 11 residential units and a rooftop terrace.

The owners, Alfa Development, are raising the bar on luxury condo construction by implementing design knowledge and well-known strategies to maximize energy efficiency, thermal comfort and indoor air quality.

Alfa began with Chelsea Green by taking responsibility to build to higher energy efficient standards in their luxury condo suites, which sold 90% of their units off the floor plan.

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30. May 2013

NY Passive House Symposium

from Angie Tennyson

Passive house symposium

 The NY13 Symposium will take place at the City College of New York, The Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, located at 160 Convent Ave, New York.

The symposium will be held from 9:00 am to 5:15 pm on Saturday, June 8th. 

This will be the second annual New York Passive House Symposium, with a focus on Policy, Finance, and Performance. … read more

29. May 2013

Using structural thermal breaks in the Southwest

from Victor Yakin

Even though structural thermal breaks were developed for cold weather conditions, design firms in Texas and the Southwest have been eager to learn about this technology. During the first five months of 2013, APCS (independent representative of Schöck) has presented the course on Structural Thermal Breaks 9 times, for medium and large architectural and engineering firms in Texas and Arizona. Many of these firms design commercial and institutional projects nation-wide, as well as for international. These firms have opened their doors to APCS and Schöck to learn more about the causes and effects of thermal bridges, and how to minimize these effects.  Architects, Civil, Structural, and Mechanical engineers have been interested in the scope of thermal bridge consequences such as excessive energy losses, cold slabs, condensation, and even mold occurrences.


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13. May 2013

Myths and Realities of Thermal Bridging

from Angie Tennyson

As part of the Building, Ecology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Lecture Series, Mark Lawton, Vice President and Senior Building Science Specialist at Morrison Hershfield presented “Myths and Realities of Thermal Bridging” at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and on February 28, 2013.

mark lawton lecture

In this lecture, Mark speaks about his latest ASHRAE sponsored research project entitled “Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details for Mid- and High-Rise Buildings” (1365-RP). It is worth your time.

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15. March 2013

LIDO Residential Tower Plans to Break Thermal Bridges in Vancouver.

from Angie Tennyson

We are excited about the recent annoucement of LIDO, a  21-level residential tower in False Creek, Vancouver, Canada  to include Isokorb® thermal breaks in their balcony/slab connections.

Isokorb® type CM at balcony / slab connection
Isokorb® type CM at balcony / slab connection

The LIDO project by Bosa Properties, who is known for their legendary attention to detail, is setting a new benchmark in sustainable luxury.

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14. March 2013

Window Wall Detail at Balcony / Slab Connection

from Adam Kimble

Every balcony, penetrating the building envelope with scenic window walls, has three main issues to be addressed: thermal bridging, forces at the balcony/slab connection, and water intrusion. The Schöck Isokorb® Type CM is the effective solution for these obstacles, reducing the heat flow from the inside to the outside, while also conserving full structural integrity.

Isokorb CM crosssection

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25. February 2013

An Exciting Week in Vancouver at BuildEX 2013!

from Dieter Hardock

On February 13th and 14th Schöck had the great opportunity to present the company and Isokorb structural thermal breaks, at BuildEX 2013 to the construction community in Vancouver, British Columbia.

We experienced great interest at our booth, and found out that most people are aware of the problems and effects of thermal bridging. But not of the solution – Schöck Isokorb® for concrete and steel applications.

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18. January 2013

Thermal Bridging at NESEA BuildingEnergy: At Last!

from Jim D Aloisio

At the 2013 BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston on March 5th, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is hosting a workshop entitled Structural Detailing for Energy Efficient Building Envelopes. Russ Miller-Johnson and I will be co-facilitating.

This will be a three-hour, hands-on opportunity to learn strategies to mitigate thermal bridging of structural elements in buildings. We’ll also give participants a chance to bring their favorite (or worst) details of thermal bridging to the workshop, to get help with developing a way to modify the detail to reduce thermal bridging, or to bring a detail showing their favorite solution to a thermal bridging problem that they have developed.

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14. January 2013

What is the The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope?

from Angie Tennyson

Everyone wants to know The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope. Now you can learn more by joining the panel of experts in Vancouver, BC at BuildEX, for a session to explore the various costs associated with implementing an energy efficient building envelope.

Research results will be present on energy modeling assessments of thermal bridging, examining the impact on annual energy consumption, cost implications, and thermal comfort. In addition, recent project installations with thermal break technology will be presented and analyzed.

Course Title:

The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope  (W11)

Course Schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 13th  10:30am – 12:00pm … read more

09. December 2012

Construct Canada: Changes in Building, Why Now?

from Bill Chihata

Construct Canada is one of Canada’s largest building design and construction shows. Held in Toronto, Canada in conjunction with Home Builder, Concrete Canada and DesignTrends, the show hosts over 1000 exhibits, and more than 24,000 visitors.

I attended the show this year to present to over 70 architects, builders, contractors, engineers, specifiers and facility managers.  The room was packed with attendees interested in learning more about thermal break solutions for building envelope.  The presentation was ideal for the audience, covering concepts for reducing energy loss, and avoiding moisture issues associated with thermal bridging.

Areas of thermal bridging and energy loss.

Many questions were asked during the interactive session. One attendee asked, “Why change the way we build, Why now?”

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14. November 2012

Presenting the Building Physics of Structural Thermal Break

from Victor Yakin

As part of an outreach program to promote German sustainable construction technology, the GACC (German American Chambers of Commerce) invited Schöck to present about Isokorb® structural thermal break solution, as well as other leading companies and institutions to present at Rice University and the University of Houston. … read more