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Thermal Bridges

Thermal bridges increase heat energy transmission by providing shortcuts through the insulated structure causing reduced indoor comfort and increased energy consumption. Thermal bridges may also cause condensation leading to mould growth that results in construction decay and health risks. The effect of thermal bridges can be reduced by placing the insulation on the outside of the constructions or dividing the construction in multiple insulated layers reducing the area of highly conductive structural elements spanning the full thickness of the construction.

Thermal bridges increase heat energy transmission by providing shortcuts through the insulated structure resulting in reduced indoor comfort and increased energy consumption. Thermal bridges may also cause condensation leading to mould growth that results in construction decay and health risks. The effect of thermal bridges can be reduced by placing the insulation on the outside of the constructions or dividing the construction in multiple insulated layers reducing the area of highly conductive structural elements spanning the full thickness of the construction.

All thermal bridges formed from high conductivity material no matter how small in surface area should be avoided. In this case a small pad of low thermal conductivity material is used.

Thermal bridges increase heat energy transmission by providing shortcuts through the insulated structure causing reduced indoor comfort and increased energy consumption. Thermal bridges may also cause condensation leading to mould growth that results in construction decay and health risks. The effect of thermal bridges can be reduced by placing the insulation on the outside of the constructions or dividing the construction in multiple insulated layers reducing the area of highly conductive structural elements spanning the full thickness of the construction. Where insulation is either missing or merely compressed this also represents a thermal 'weakness' and should always be avoided.