The International African American Museum, Charleston, South Carolina, considerably reduced energy loss from thermal bridging in a steel staircase next to an egress by relying on steel-to-steel thermal breaks, which also helped achieve structural integrity, reduce carbon emissions, and prevent condensation and mold formation on adjacent interior surfaces.
Condensation has confused and frustrated the construction industry for decades. It can occur on visible surfaces or within concealed assemblies, such as wall or roof cavities, and on just about any type of building material.
While heating exterior penetrations wastes energy and increases carbon emissions and operating costs, chilling interior structures reduces comfort and allows condensation and mold to form on adjacent surfaces. Therefore, one must look for an alternative solution.
Many conflate R-value with good thermal performance or insulating value. The belief is the higher the R-value, the better the thermal performance. However, as a blanket statement, this could not be any further from the truth.
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