Armatherm™ FRR Structural Thermal Break Material
(Thermal Insulation Material – TIM)Armatherm™ FRR structural thermal break material provides a combination of low thermal conductivity and high compressive strength and has been used in hundreds of structural steel framing connections transferring load in moment and shear conditions.
Armatherm™ FRR thermal break material can support up 43,000 psi and has an R value of 0.9 per inch. The material is made of a reinforced, thermoset resin which is ﬁre resistant making it the ideal material for use in structural steel and façade thermal break connections.
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"The team is always very helpful and persistent in delivering the best service possible for the customer and the project. At one point to went the extent of renting a U-Haul to get the product down to Raleigh when the carrier dropped the ball half way down from Mass. Excited for more opportunities ahead!"
James Clark, White Cap
"I can always trust that ARMATHERM will deliver a reliable product on time. Their deep knowledge of the industry allows them to aid in project planning and design. ARMATHERM goes out of their way to help their customers get the service they need."
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
More about Armatherm™'s FRR Thermal Break
Armatherm™ FRR thermal break material can support high loads of up to 40,000 psi and has an R value of 0.9 per inch, as well as great mechanical properties.
As used within a number of prestigious, high-profile projects across the world, the Armatherm™ product range includes the innovative FRR material which harbors inert and water resistant qualities. This makes it ideal for a number of applications and locations, including cladding fixings, foundation to wall transitions, column base and roof penetrations.
With more legislation changes coming into play each year to protect the future of the construction industry, Armatherm™ can be used in renovation projects to rectify a number of poorly isolated connections within existing buildings, as well as structures under construction to make them as efficient as possible. To achieve this and work towards making any building as efficient as possible, these solutions need to be considered within the earliest stages of a construction project, which is why it’s imperative for architects to understand the importance of these products and how they can help a structure meet certain efficiency criteria.
The FRR product specifically, is a structurally sound high performance thermal break material which delivers thermal insulation between interior and exterior steelwork, and / or concrete, to prevent thermal bridging. It can help work towards improving building envelope performance, dramatically reducing heat loss and preventing surface condensation from forming inside the building that can be caused by cold transfer meeting warm air. Structural thermal break concrete connections are at high risk of making a building inefficient so it’s imperative that solutions are considered.
With its durable, long-lasting and cost-effective properties, along with lower repair and maintenance costs, concrete is often widely specified within the building industry. Although concrete naturally provides a high level of thermal mass, which enables it to absorb, store and release heat to regulate a building’s temperature, a simple penetration through the material or the presence of another can cause a thermal bridge. Should this occur, it will hugely impact the energy efficiency of a building as well as increasing its running costs, resulting in an inefficient and uneconomical structure. When working with such materials, structural steel thermal breaks must be at the forefront of plans to ensure all the framework, foundations and building envelope is as efficient as possible.
When using structural thermal break pads in a parapet roof location, the U value of the roof assembly will be improved, and the potential chances of condensation problems occurring will be prevented at the structural connection. The FRR and 500 series thermal break materials can transfer the loading conditions in these applications while simultaneously reducing heat flow significantly, creating continuous insulation. The efficiency of these locations can be improved by as much as 80% which is invaluable in light of legislation updates and changes.
With more than 40 years’ experience, the Armatherm™ team can advise which Armatherm™ structural thermal break products will work best for your projects, and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Specified for a number of structural thermal break US projects, including thermal breaks in structural steel the solutions are proven to be some of the best in the industry.
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