Just a short message tonight. I finally got around to reading the Winter 2013 Journal of Building Enclosure Design and it was chalk full of articles on the importance of preventing thermal bridging across balcony slabs.
This is a hot topic in most BE circles right now. Even as little as 5 years ago, most energy models ignored the thermal bridging that results at this interface, but as I wrote a couple of days ago, even though the slab only represent around 3% of the total wall area, if not thermally broken, it can easily diminish the entire walls thermal resistance by 50% or more.
The construction industry and building designers are finally listening to the Building Scientists and realizing that details really do mater! We need to start building smarter because there are too many Aqua Towers in this world.
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