07 20 00 Thermal Protection

Category Archives: 07 20 00 Thermal Protection

Clarification on wall systems article

The April 2013 issue of The Construction Specifier included a technical feature by J.W. Mollohan, CSI, CCPR, CEP, LEED GA, entitled, “Exterior Wall Assemblies: Are You Getting What You Specified?”  We received the following letter from Cliff Black, a CSI member and a building envelope product manager for Firestone Building Products.

I am writing in regard to the article on exterior wall assemblies. I agree with the author the issue is certainly a challenging …

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Concern regarding long-term insulation data

The December 2013 issue of The Construction Specifier included the article, “Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind,by Ram Mayilvahanan. The feature focused on expanded polystyrene (EPS) and included reference to a particular industry study. In response to the piece, we recently received the following e-mail from John Ferraro, executive director of the Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association (XPSA):

This article included conclusions on the long-term thermal performance of XPS in below-grade applications contrary …

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Passive Fire Protection and Interior Wall Assemblies

All images courtesy ClarkDietrich Building Systems

To ensure optimal fire protection, building codes require interior wall assemblies to be evaluated by industry standards to determine their fire performance. This article gives examples of fire-rated wall assemblies and passive firestop systems, describing the testing they must go through to achieve their fire ratings. It also covers best practices for the specification and installation of each.

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Meeting Efficiency Codes without Compromising Design

Photo courtesy of University of Birmingham

Increasingly stringent building energy regulations force strict thermal performance requirements for building envelopes, while design trends toward creating soaring, iconic monuments of aluminum, glass, and steel. Innovative application of high-performance insulation technologies, including architectural insulation modules (incorporating vacuum insulation panels [VIPS]) and aerogel building insulation blankets, enables architects to meet both demands.

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