What is Thermal Bridging?
Thermal bridging may sound like a technical term, but its impact on new builds is anything but dull. In fact, understanding and addressing thermal bridging is crucial for creating energy-efficient and comfortable spaces.
So, what exactly is thermal bridging? It refers to the phenomenon where heat escapes or enters a building through a path of least resistance. These paths are often found in areas where there is a break in the insulation layer, such as wall studs, window frames, or structural connections.
Why do they Matter for New Builds?
The new Building Regulations Part L 2021 came into effect in 2022. One of the changes was the removal of the option to use Accredited Construction Details for the thermal bridging in a building.
Psi-values calculate a building’s overall heat loss at a junction. In order to help achieve building regulation compliance, it is important that the psi-values of a building are kept to a minimum.
How can Assessment Hive help?
The majority of energy assessors have limited options when inputting the psi-values. They have no choice but to use default values that are quite high.
Here at Assessment Hive, we model our own Psi-Values. It provides our clients with greater flexibility to achieve compliance resulting in savings of £100s or even £1000s.