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Air Pressure - See Building Science

Air Pressure - See Building Science

Condensation

IRC: Strategies For Managing Condensation In Walls
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction online guide for heat, air and moisture control strategies for managing condensation in walls. 2003 (PDF)
Moisture - See Moisture Problems - Envelope & Building

Moisture - See Moisture Problems - Envelope & Building

Thermal Bridging

BC Hydro: Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide For BC
BC Hydro online Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide Analysis, Applications, and Insights explores how the building industry in BC can realistically meet the challenges of reducing energy use in buildings, in part by effectively accounting for the impact of thermal bridging. Links are at bottom of page. (PDF)

BC Hydro: Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide Version 1.1
BC Hydro online updated version of the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide focuses on the thermal performance of the opaque building envelope. (PDF)

BRIK: Thermal Bridging Impacts & Improvement
Building Research Information Knowledgebase report Thermal Bridging: Observed Impacts and Proposed Improvement for Common Conditions seeks to quantify the effects of thermal bridging in commercial facades and then propose alternative solutions to improve performance. (PDF)

Building Science: Star Crossed Lovers of Building Science
Building Science describes issues and considerations for installing flanged windows into foam plastic insulating sheathing. Wood bump outs are a thermal bridge, and what is the point of continuous insulation if we run a thermal bridge through it at every punched opening.

GBA: Break Thermal Bridging or Lose It
Green Building Advisor suggests that thermal bridges can be effectively managed, and that doing so will have a meaningful impact on the performance of buildings.

RDH: Masonry Veneer Support Details For Thermal Bridging
RDH Building Engineering paper Masonry Veneer Support Details For Thermal Bridging summarizes the essential thermal design criteria related to masonry veneer gravity support systems. The results of three-dimensional thermal modelling are presented to illustrate the impact of thermal bridging and the inherent benefits of de-coupling masonry supports from the building structure. (PDF)

RDH: Report #1 On Importance Of Slab Edge & Balcony Thermal Bridges
RDH Building Engineering researched the importance of slab edge and balcony thermal bridges. Report # 1 covers Impact of Slab Thermal Breaks on Effective R-Values and Energy Code Compliance. (PDF)

RDH: Report #2 On Importance Of Slab Edge & Balcony Thermal Bridges
RDH Building Engineering researched the importance of slab edge and balcony thermal bridges. Report # 2 covers Impact of Slab Thermal Breaks on Thermal Comfort and Condensation Control. (PDF)

RDH: Report #3 On Importance Of Slab Edge & Balcony Thermal Bridges
RDH Building Engineering researched the importance of slab edge and balcony thermal bridges. Report # 3 covers Energy Consumption and Cost Savings of Slab Thermal Breaks. (PDF)

RDH: Report #4 On Importance Of Slab Edge & Balcony Thermal Bridges
RDH Building Engineering researched the importance of slab edge and balcony thermal bridges. Report # 4 cover Thermal Modeling Considerations for Balconies and Various Thermal Break Strategies. (PDF)

RDH: Thermal Bridging of Masonry Veneer Claddings & Energy Code Compliance
RDH Building Engineering paper Thermal Bridging of Masonry Veneer Claddings & Energy Code Compliance presents typical exterior insulation reduction factors and effective R-values to support these values for masonry walls with various tie types applied to concrete, steel stud frame, and wood-stud frame backup walls. (PDF)

SAB: Thermally Efficient Building Envelopes
Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine provides an overview of the resources that are now available to practitioners to help design building envelopes that can be aligned with specific project performance objectives and construction realities, specifically thermal bridging.

US Army: Techniques For Treatment Of Thermal Bridges In Building Envelopes
US Army Corps of Engineers report Analysis Techniques, Materials, and Methods for Treatment of Thermal Bridges in Building Envelopes describes capabilities to characterize energy losses through building envelopes (especially thermal bridge losses), and potential mitigation strategies using advanced techniques and materials. (PDF)
Wind Washing

US DOE: Investigating Solutions To Wind Washing Issues
US DOE report Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes provides results from a second-phase research study of a phenomenon generally referred to as wind washing. Wind washing is the movement of unconditioned air around or through building thermal barriers in such a way as to diminish or nullify the intended thermal performance. (PDF)
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