Thermally Isolated Connectors and Reinforcements
Thermally-isolated connectors are specialized components that connect assemblies making up the envelope or exterior structure of a home while preventing the transfer of heat from one assembly to another. Reinforcements are elements within these assemblies that may quickly transfer a large amount of heat. For example, steel conducts heat very easily, so steel reinforcing bars in concrete (“rebar”) can transfer far more heat than the surrounding concrete.
To reduce winter heat loss or summer heat gain, it’s best to use low heat conductivity materials to reinforce assemblies where they join—and similarly, low heat-conductivity materials to connect two assemblies.