Application and Advantages of a Balcony Thermal Insulation Element
With improved insulation standards over the last 30 years, and with energy efficiency becoming an ever more important design consideration, is necessary to provide a solution to the architectural and engineering problem of creating a thermal break while still providing a structural connection. Thermal bridges occurs when a more conductive (or poorly insulating) material allows an easy pathway for heat flow across a thermal barrier. The most common form is probably within the balcony slab which is usually uninsulated. With an “ad hoc” system is possible to eliminate this kind of problem. Effective thermal insulation using special systems reduces the risk of high levels of condensation, mould formation and the associated damage caused along the ceiling slabs inside of balconies. Thermal outflow and energy loss through the balcony slab is minimized. This paper analyse a specific solution that can guarantee a load capacity connection for balcony slab and at the same time a thermal efficiency. Moreover will be described the design model and the thermal performance analysis in winter and summer situation.
KeywordsBalcony connection Insulation Thermal bridge Energy saving Design concept Test results
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