Tag: Steel Connection
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.
On St. Patrick’s Day, we visit Ireland to share the Garden Still House, one of the most modern distilleries in the world.
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.
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has completed the installation of Isokorb® structural thermal breaks in their second project, the Champions Center.
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.
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.
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.
Steel beams which penetrate the exterior wall (and break the continuous insulation layer) represent a detrimental thermal bridge in the building envelope. This situation often occurs in the structural details when a continuous steel canopy or balcony beam cantilevers out from the interior structure.
This penetration to the continuous insulation (CI) layer, is being further considered and addressed in energy building codes such as the ASHRAE 189.1 and 90.1 and the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), which guides codes and standards for both baseline and high-performance green buildings.
Since steel is a highly conductive material (k=50W/mK) / (R-0.003 per inch), a thermal break solution is necessary to reduce energy loss, prevent condensation on the surface, and avoid damaging results to the building. … read more
Renzo Piano’s expansion to the Kimbell Art Museum is near completion. The Opening Day for the Piano pavilion will take place on November 27th, 2013.
The expansion includes a 300-foot-long, 22-foot-high building composed of two parallel wings. Eric Lee, Director at the Kimbell Art Museum, presents an early look at the Piano pavilion. Test your thermal bridge knowledge: See if you can find the where the Isokorb® structural thermal breaks would be included in the building:
One of the first New York City projects to include Isokorb® was the Fulton Center subway station. We covered this project during installation of Isokorb® thermal breaks in 2012, on our Schӧck German blog “Isokorb® at the Top.”
The Fulton Center subway station is still under construction and is getting increased attention with the installation of the Sky Reflector-Net. The Sky Reflector-Net is being installed within the oculus, housed within an eight-story dome. This dome includes Isokorb type S connections for a thermally broken steel support walkway.
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.
While researching this project, I discovered today is Renzo Piano’s Birthday!
Happy Birthday Mr. Piano!
Also while researching this project, I read that the Renzo Piano’s addition at Kimbell Art Museum slightly resembles the current building at Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis Kahn, “in height and scale and in the span of the façade, as well as in its tripartite plan and use of travertine and concrete as primary materials.”
All may be true, yet I could not see the resemblance with my wee little eyes. … read more