As building energy codes become stricter and we understand the necessity of continuous insulation, previously neglected thermal bridges are now being brought into the spotlight and recognized as a potential Achilles heel of enclosure design. Thermal bridges can undermine insulation values and in so doing cause discomfort, condensation and moisture damages to the building. This session will explore how thermal bridges are identified, analyzed and captured in whole-building energy modelling. Illustrative examples will highlight key trouble-spots in typical buildings. An interactive demonstration with various thermal model software programs will provide the opportunity for attendees to propose and see in real-time the impact of design changes on thermal bridging.
BENYC-1720:AIA 1.5LU/HSW; BPI 1.5