Commercial building in summer - Understanding Thermal Bridging in Buildings: A Guide for Property Owners

Thermal bridging is a common issue in buildings that can lead to significant heat loss and reduced energy efficiency. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of thermal bridging, its impact on building performance, and ways to mitigate the issue. 

What is Thermal Bridging in Buildings? 

Thermal bridging refers to the transfer of heat through a building's structural elements that are not properly insulated. This occurs when conductive materials, such as concrete slabs, metal fasteners, and anchor bolts, come in contact with the exterior of the building. As a result, heat is transferred from inside to outside or vice versa, leading to increased energy consumption and reduced thermal performance of the building envelope. 

Diagnosing Thermal Bridging  

Building owners and managers can often identify thermal bridging issues by following these steps: 

  1. Look for temperature differences in areas where building components meet, such as walls and windows. 
  2. Check for condensation or moisture buildup in these areas. 
  3. Review building plans and identify areas where different materials meet, such as at floor or roof connections. 
  4. Conduct an infrared scan to identify temperature differences and potential thermal bridging locations. 
  5. Consult with a building professional or energy auditor to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the building and identify potential thermal bridging locations. 

Contact West Coast Building Restoration for All Your Insulation Upgrades 

At West Coast Building Restoration, we provide high-quality building restoration services, including advanced building envelope solutions. Our team of experts can assess your building's thermal performance and recommend the best solutions to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.  

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards better building performance.