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FEATURE: THERMAL BRIDGING

BREAK IT OR LOSE IT:
THERMAL BRIDGING IN
RAINSCREEN SYSTEMS
BY ANDREA LOVE

PEER-REVIEWED BY
HANNAH DURSCHLAG

FIGURE 1: CHART OF HEAT
FLOW THROUGH WALL
ASSEMBLY SHOWING
INCREASED IMPACT FROM
THERMAL BRIDGES.

INTRODUCTION
Over the past 20 years, the building industry
has experienced renewed interest in reducing
the energy demand of buildings. At the building
code level, groups such as the American Society
of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning
Engineers (ASHRAE) have been steadily raising the
bar on performance criteria for building envelopes
and systems. Designers have been challenged to
find and implement technologies and solutions that
can practically and economically affect the energy
demands of our buildings. Less progress has been
made, however, in managing conductive losses
through improved building insulation performance.
Increased thickness of insulation materials provides
diminishing returns if thermal bridging is not
considered (see figure 1).

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The intent of this research is to quantify and
understand how built façades perform, and also to
investigate proposed improvements to common
problem details. Results show that it is possible to
reduce thermal bridging by 50 percent or greater by
employing careful detailing and products that are
readily available.
METHODOLOGY OVERVIEW
The research project was comprised of a
multi-step approach, starting with field observations
of existing assemblies, followed by computer
simulations of existing details and proposed thermal
improvements. Hand calculations of R-values based
on the resistance of each layer of the envelope were
derived from shop drawings, construction documents
and/or specification information as appropriate.



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From the Executive Director and Board Chair
New York City is Transforming Buildings for a Low Carbon Future
Does Electric Grid 2.0 Mean Energy Democracy?
Resiliency for Affordable Multifamily Housing: What We Have Learned and What We Still Need to Know
Break It or Lose It: Thermal Bridging in Rainscreen Systems
My PEI is Better Than Your PEI
Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design
From Theory to Reality: Our Journey Toward Sustainability Building a Net Zero Home
Solar Policy in the Northeast: What’s New, What’s Next?
BuildingEnergy Green Pages
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BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016 - Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design
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BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016 - From Theory to Reality: Our Journey Toward Sustainability Building a Net Zero Home
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BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016 - Solar Policy in the Northeast: What’s New, What’s Next?
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