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Posted by Jim D'Aloisio on August 3, 2010 at 3:44 PM.
Building designers who take advantage of the versatility of structural steel frequently design steel elements extending across the insulated building envelope, from the interior to the exterior of the building. This can cause the building to incur significant heat loss in the cool winter months and heat gain in the summer months, since steel conducts heat so well, compared to other materials. This phenomenon is called thermal steel bridging.
One way to address this problem is to employ proprietary structural connection systems that provide a barrier to heat transfer, while transferring shear, bending, and axial forces across the interface, maintaining the continuity of a steel beam as it passes through the building skin. This is the description of the Schock Isokorb system - www.schoeck.com. It has been used in Europe and other countries for many years. They have recently published data on the capacities of their systems in Imperial Units, which makes them much easier to use in the U.S. Contact Area Manager Alexander Krenczik firstname.lastname@example.org for information.