Armatherm™ Thermal Bridging solutions minimize energy loss every day and we’re getting better all the time.
Thermal bridges are highly conductive structural elements that create heat transfer between the exterior and interior of the building thermal envelope. Thermal bridging occurs through any material that is more conductive than the insulation surrounding it. The conductive heat transfer due to thermal bridging has been recognized as a considerable factor in building envelope heat loss.
Thermal bridging through steel and concrete structures can therefore have a signiﬁcant impact on a building’s energy performance. Thermal bridging can reduce the R value of a wall assembly by as much as 50% by interrupting continuous insulation. Reducing heat ﬂow through a building’s thermal envelope reduces energy consumption as well as potential condensation issues. To achieve higher R values, thermal bridging and air leakage must be minimized.
As early as 2006, many European countries had already instituted improved energy rating systems for new buildings to better control and reduce domestic energy consumption. Nearly 10 years ago, in response to an EU initiative to improve the energy performance of buildings even further, Armadillo Ltd. developed its ﬁrst thermal break material, Armatherm™ to prevent heat loss due to thermal bridging.
Since 2011, drawing on Armadillo Ltd.’s experience, Armatherm™ has been working with architects and structural engineers in North America to improve building design details and reduce heat loss due to thermal bridging within the building thermal envelope.