Armatherm™ 500 Structural Thermal Break Material
(Thermal Insulation Material – TIM)
Reducing heat flow within a building’s thermal envelope reduces energy consumption as well as potential condensation issues. Armatherm™ 500 thermal break material (TIM) significantly reduces energy lost from thermal bridging in building envelope connections. Armatherm™ 500 structural thermal break material is a high strength, thermoset polyurethane manufactured in several densities. Armatherm™ 500, made in the USA, is able to transfer a wide range of structural loads with a range from 20 psi – 4000 psi. Armatherm™ 500 has R values as high as 3.8 per inch which is superior to the properties of aerated concrete and wood blocking.
The Armatherm™ 500 thermal insulation blocks do not absorb water due to its closed cell structure, and has very limited creep under load. This helps reduce energy lost via thermal bridging pathways within building envelope connections, reducing heat flow, energy consumption and potentially dangerous condensation issues. The standard thicknesses Armatherm™ 500 is available in are 2”, 1” and 1/2”, but the high strength, polyurethane material sheets can easily be layered to achieve the desired U value and thickness specifications. It is very versatile and can be used anywhere that features a penetration or transition exit through a building envelope where a thermal bridge occurs and can be cut and drilled on site easily, if required. The most common specifications include Armatherm™500 150 and Armatherm ™500 200. Although it is often specified to prevent thermal bridging in buildings to reduce heat loss, Armatherm™500 is ideal for cold storage facilities to prevent the subgrade from freezing. It can sit directly under the column base to help prevent the transfer of cold temperatures into the ground, making it the perfect solution for frozen food storage.
Applications using Armatherm™ 500 to reduce heat flow include:
Armatherm™ 500 Thermal Break
Armatherm™ 500 Thermal Break
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Andrew Sarlo, Cives Steel Co.
"Dirigo Drywall can count on Armatherm to deliver quality thermal break products for our building projects that increase the building’s energy efficiency and help us meet energy compliance goals."
Nathan P. Croteau, LEED-AP
“Armatherm was very accommodating with their customer service team in the release and delivery of materials to meet the schedule of the project. They also provided the necessary engineering information for us to ensure the product performed as required. Overall it was a smooth experience from Design to P.O. to Installation.”
Andrew Boesch, Eastern Exterior Wall Systems
"ARMATHERM has a commitment to producing quality products and excellent customer service that is second to none in their industry. They are extremely easy to work with and hold true to their quoted lead times. The Steel Supply Company can count on ARMATHERM to deliver quality thermal break products for our building projects that increase the building's energy efficiency and help us meet energy compliance goals."
Frankie, The Steel Supply Company
"The quote came quick, short lead time/fast delivery, no troubles with installation, great technical support & most important – competitive pricing! We are also happy to support a local Massachusetts business!"
Pierre Gagnon, New England Finish Systems
"Armatherm products have been useful in addressing thermal bridging challenges in our projects. Armatherm products insulate many of the difficult structural thermal bridging details GPC Green Builders often encounter. The quoting is quick, the products are shipped on time, and the customer service is great."
Ben Bogie, BPC Green Builders
"We are very happy with your service and dedication to your customers. I have found through the years your lead times are always in line with our requirements. I have talked to the shop and field and they have no issues with your product or installation. Keep up the good work."
Paul Rosenthal,Novel Iron Works
"We utilized Armatherm’s thermal breaks to interrupt thermal bridges in several locations. From shelf angles, to dunnage, to door thresholds, Armatherm products offered the right balance of thermal performance and strength, and were simple to coordinate with our exterior wall details."
Louis Koehl AIA CPHD, Handel Architects
Armatherm™ – Parapet Roof Penetration Thermal Bridging Solution
Locations like roof to wall and parapets require structural framing for support which means thermal bridging is prevalent. They can be prevented by including thermal break materials under the parapet connecting the facade and roof insulation to overall improve the R value by as much as 30%. A thermal break can also be installed at roof penetration points where structural elements are supported, within the building envelope.
Armatherm™ – Column Base Thermal Bridging Solution
Traditionally, structural columns extend throughout the building envelope and slab insulation at their base. Thermal bridging can be prevented with the addition of a thermal break, and Armatherm™ 500 is the ideal solution for load supporting thermal break requirements thanks to its limited creep under load and high strength.
Armatherm™ – Foundation Wall Thermal Bridging Solution
The foundations of a building are part of the envelope, and the connection from slab on grade to foundation wall and wall above foundation walls are both areas with the potential to feature thermal bridges. The addition of an Armatherm™ 500 series thermal insulation block can support and transfer loads of up to 2150psi, while helping reduce energy loss drastically. Armatherm 500-280 can be used in poured -in-situ balcony applications to greatly reduce heat loss at balcony connections.
More about Armatherm™ 500 Thermal Breaks
For a number of helpful online resources to take advantage of, including test reports, design assistance, literature libraries and product profile videos to help you achieve a better understanding of thermal break products, key features of the materials and the applications they’re best suited to. You can also access CAD drawings on our website, they’re available to download and can easily be incorporated into your project plans.
For architects looking to earn valuable credits, we also have an easy-to-follow webinar that gives an overview and introduction into thermal bridging, the issues it causes, how and why it occurs, as well as the best methods of prevention. It provides essential knowledge surrounding energy savings within the construction industry, and how to effectively incorporate thermal breaks into your project to minimize thermal bridging issues.
Projects and testimonials
We’ve provided materials for a number of prestigious projects. If you’d like to hear from any of the companies we’ve worked with, check out the testimonials on our website. We have glowing reviews and our team would be more than happy to put your mind at ease regarding any reservations you may have regarding working with us on your construction projects. We also have a number of case studies to showcase how our products have assisted in creating efficient structures for customers. Thanks to Armatherm™ 500 US buildings can be made considerably more efficient.
Consultancy and support
Safe, durable and efficient Armatherm™ thermal bridging solutions can help minimize energy loss and significantly improve envelope performance with a vast range of thermal break products. If you need help with your construction project to meet new building regulations, you can get in touch with our expert team who are on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding thermal bridging and how to prevent it with innovative products. You can also visit our website and keep up to date with all things Armatherm™, along with case studies and the latest industry news and developments. We can make sure the Armatherm™500 price is right for your project.
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