Yes, it’s that time of year again….when a certain chill fills the air, making your teeth chatter and your cheeks burn as you hurry home from the office. Maybe the chilly weather fills your head with thoughts of ski slopes or holiday traditions…or maybe it starts you dreaming of warm, sandy beaches far away from the cold.
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.
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
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.
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 at a recent jobsite visit to LIDO in Vancouver Canada.
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.
Last week, we attended and exhibited at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Expo in Denver, Colorado. The Mile High city, located 5,280 feet above sea level is a vibrant metropolis, full of excitement in the streets, culture and art, sunny skies, and an assortment of locally crafted beer.
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.
Last month, Schӧck in the UK was contacted by an American engineering firm wanting to find out some information on a nonmetallic concrete reinforcement product.
The UK office immediately forwarded this inquiry to our offices in Baden-Baden Germany. Germany which in turn notified the offices in Canada and the contact information was provided to myself here in the United States. … read more
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.
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.
I am excited to attend the 17th International Passive House Conference in Frankfurt, Germany on April 17-21. With 16 session and 90 presentations this is the world’s largest Passive House Exhibition. With a focus on energy efficiency and renewables, the conference will cover a wide range of topics from regional concepts, energy refurbished projects, and the use of renewable energy sources.
This years conference will include presentations on large number of US projects, a trend that is growing as energy use continues to become a greater focus in buildings.
Just last month, Schock received Passive House certification of the very first “thermal bridge free” construction for balconies while attending the BAU show, the World’s leading fair for Building and Design.
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.
On March 5-7, Schӧck discovered what is known as the “Northeast’s most established, most cross-disciplinary renewable energy and high-performance building conference and trade show,” NESEA’s BuildingEnergy 2013.
With over 80 learning sessions and workshops on renewable energy and green buildings, thermal bridging was at center stage at the Boston, MA event.
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.
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.
The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope (W11)
Wednesday, Feb. 13th 10:30am – 12:00pm … read more
The business has been extremely rewarding this past year. The sales of ComBAR® climbed drastically and achieved 3 times the sales volume of 2011. We have also noticed that GFRP is now a common building material and is being specified in a great number of bridge and tunnel structures, especially in Ontario. But also the United States has been an interesting market in 2012. Besides, we have seen a great interest in the future use of GFRP in New Brunswick, Manitoba and British Columbia.
In 2012, we also had an amazing and successful introduction of our Thermal Break Element, the Schöck Isokorb®. Isokorb® has being installed in over 10 different buildings across Canada! We are now starting to convince architects, engineers and primarily developers and owners about the unique advantages of the Isokorb® to minimize energy consumption, improve the quality of living space and subsequently protect the environment in which we all live and in which our children and their children will live in the future.
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.
Many questions were asked during the interactive session. One attendee asked, “Why change the way we build, Why now?”
On November 14-16th, the Isokorb® product was featured in the Innovative Products Pavilion at ABX (Architecture Boston Expo) 2012.
Alongside Isokorb® were other innovative products, such as Schuco Curtain wall systems.
There was a great amount of interest in the Isokorb® displays and samples. People were drawn to the unique nature of how the product works and many said this will solve problems in design and construction which have always been overlooked. … read more
My name is Adam Kimble, born and raised in the suburbs of New Orleans, LA. Explored the world in previous business roles only to land back in Louisiana. Now, I have the great opportunity to start a new adventure in the great city of Chicago, IL, where I will manage Midwest sales for Schӧck USA Inc.
With a degree in Civil Engineering and Business Administration, I have been afforded the honor to work for multiple international companies in various capacities from business development to director of operations.
Now I have the special honor of joining Schӧck to introduce Isokorb® in the U.S.A. which will provide high performance solutions to the long outstanding problem of thermal bridges at balconies and other external wall projections. … read more
Annual Ontario Concrete Awards Banquet honors the most creative and visionary projects that have made concrete their construction material of choice. This year it was held on the 28th of November at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, in Toronto.
Awards are given for the following categories: Architectural, Structural, Materials & Constructability, and Sustainability. ComBAR® GFRP, as an innovative material, provided points to the Whitemans Creek Bridge project, which received the Structural Design Innovation Award, in the Structural Category.
On November 6th 2012, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Mississauga Chapter in joint efforts with Brampton Chapter, offered a Technical Seminar in the 244-seat Noel Ryan Auditorium at the Mississauga Central Library on Advancements in Glass Fibre Reinforcement.
The Central Library of the Mississauga Library System is one of the busiest libraries in Canada. The building officially opened on October 2, 1991 and was designed by Shore Tilbe Henschel Irwin Peters who also designed the Peel Board of Education headquarters and the police building in downtown Toronto.
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
Last week I had the chance to attend two important conferences in Toronto and Mississauga.
The first one was the ACI Fall 2012 Convention, at Sheraton Centre in Toronto. ACI (The American Concrete Institute) is one of the world’s leading authorities in concrete technology. It conducts two conventions a year and this Fall the event was held in Toronto. Domenico and I attended the Convention for two days, the 22nd and 23rd of October, where we introduced Schöck and our products to several potential clients. An important event was the ACI 440 Committee meeting. ACI 440 is an ACI Committee focused on fiber-reinforced polymer reinforcement. During this meeting we heard good news about the Committee’s plans with regard to further developments of codes and guidelines related to the FRP reinforcement in concrete structures. At the end of the meeting we talked to Mr. Busel, a director at ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Association), and Dr. Shield, the ACI 440 Committee Chair. We have an application in process for becoming a voting member of this Committee, in order to have our say as a local FRP supplier on the future development of codes published by this prestigious institute. … read more
It was this July while in Baden-Baden for the Schöck 50th party that I got to meet (among many others) our fellow colleagues from Schöck Ltd. UK. Simon Howland and several others from the office happened to be on a production tour with me. While lagging towards the back of the pack, we got to talking. I was describing how we are just underway in the US and our efforts to educate about the problems of thermal bridges. They understood, having been in the same situation. Now they are 6 years in the making, with steady project flow, gaining market share and an acceptance by the building community that structural thermal breaks really are necessary to make a proper building envelope.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst began construction of the new Life Science Laboratory building in February 2010. To meet energy efficiency goals, Isokorb® thermal break elements were installed in the canopy walkway to the entrance of the 310,000 GSF building. The images below show Isokorb® type S (for steel) installed along the building entrance, providing a structural thermal break connection at the canopy. … read more