Thermal Bridge Modeling for Architects

New York, New York


Friday, October 25, 2019

9:00pm - 10:00pm


Suite 609, 31 Chambers Street, Manhattan, New York, 10007, New York County, New York, United States, New York, New York County, New York, 10007, Chambers Street, 31, Manhattan, Suite 609



Event Description

Thermal bridging from concrete or metal elements such as steel studs or concrete balconies can significantly reduce the effectiveness of insulation, create cold surfaces where mold can grow, and can significantly reduce the lifespan of finishes. In high-performance buildings, in particular, the mitigation of thermal bridges is vital and primarily the responsibility of the architectural team.

Increasingly, building codes are also requiring that designers incorporate a quantification of these thermal bridges into their energy modeling and accounting when seeking approvals. Understanding thermal bridges and their effects is fast becoming a critical skill for any designer working on the building envelope.

This session will introduce architects to the concepts, physics, and simulation tools for the evaluation and mitigation of thermal bridging in building envelopes. This half-day session will cover both the physics of thermal bridging and some common design solutions, as well as the tools to simulate thermal bridges using free software designed for this task (LBNL THERM). Representative calculations for several typical situations such as corners, parapets, and windows will be illustrated in a step-by-step fashion.

Ed May, LEED Green Associate, Partner, BUILDING-TYPE, LLC


As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits. We encourage all participants to arrive on time to comply with this policy.

Organized byAIANY Committee on the Environment and Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex)