Armatherm™ Z Girt
ARMATHERM™ Z Girt
Armatherm™ cladding support solutions prevent excessive heat loss and prevent potential condensation issues occuring that are often associated with thermal bridges. The material acts as a break, thermally isolating the warm interior wall from the cooler exterior wall, or vice versa. Wall assemblies using Armatherm Z Girts meet the continuous insulation requirements of ASHRAE 90.1 and Canadian NECB energy code. Armatherm’s innovative Z Girt products also benefit from a simple installation process and secure cladding anchoring base.
Specifying an Armatherm™thermal breaks can improve the efficiency of a wall assembly by as much as 98%. The cladding attachment systems significantly improve thermal performance, the Armatherm™ product range including a Z Girt, clip and thermally broken shims provides a combination of low conductivity and high mechanical properties that transfer loads and reduce energy loss.
Improve Wall Assembly Efficiency
How can we improve cladding attachment details and design wall assemblies that maximize insulation values so they reduce heat loss, reduce cost and meet energy codes?
Armatherm cladding attachments significantly improve wall assembly thermal performance. Armatherm Z Girt, clip and thermal break shims provide a combination of low thermal conductivity and high mechanical properties that transfer load and reducing heat loss.
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Cladding Thermal Bridging Solutions
When it comes to projects that include cladding and panels, these are more often than not attached to the steel stud framing with a metallic Z Girt. The metal designs are highly conductive, and they can bypass the exterior insulation making it non continuous, resulting in thermal bridges. A thermal bridge, also known as a cold bridge, heat bridge, or thermal bypass, is an area which has higher thermal conductivity than the surrounding materials, creating a pathway for energy transfer. Thermal bridges at the steel girts connection are often overlooked when calculating a wall assembly’s true working U-value. Steel z girts, designed to carry exterior insulation, are very conductive, and because they are attached to the steel stud-wall, are a thermal bridge themselves! The unaccounted heat flow can cool the internal side of steel and aluminum attachments below the dewpoint of air in the wall cavity where condensation can occur, which can cause major issues during the building’s lifespan. Condensation can cause damp patches which can result in dangerous mold problems which can negatively affect a resident or visitor’s health. Armatherm, pultruded fiberglass Z Girts, are non conductive and provide a secure surface to attach siding or cladding.
An Armatherm™ Z Girt system is strong enough to hold most cladding and insulation details, and can improve the U value of cladding and wall panel assemblies by eliminating the use of a highly conductive metal girt and aluminum brackets creating wall assemblies that are up to 98% efficient. The addition of a fiberglass Z Girt, made from reinforced plastic, improves the U value of cladding and wall panel assemblies by eliminating the use of highly conductive metal girts and aluminum brackets, creating wall assemblies that are up to 98% efficient. It’s imperative that specifiers, architects and structural engineers are up to speed with the latest in thermal break technology to ensure their buildings are made as efficiently as possible to protect the future of construction. Armatherm Z Girts come in 7 standard sizes, 1.5”, 2”, 2.5”, 3”, 3.5”, 4”, 6”, which will satisfy most insulation requirements. Our customers have been very satisfied with the quality and consistency of our Z Girts, and the quick quoting and fast delivery.
We’ve provided thermally broken Z Girts for a number of prestigious projects to improve building efficiency. If you’d like to hear from any of the companies we’ve worked with, check out the testimonials on our website which include a number of constructions that feature fiberglass z-girts. We have glowing reviews and our team would be more than happy to put your mind at ease regarding any questions you may have regarding horizontal Z Girts.
"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
Safe, durable and efficient, an Armatherm™ Z-Girt thermal bridging solution can help minimize energy loss and significantly improve envelope performance, especially when paired alongside Amatherm™’s 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 can help advise and specify the best product and inform you all about fiberglass Z Girts. You can also visit our website which features a number of helpful online resources to take advantage of, including test reports, design assistance, literature libraries and ZGirt product profile videos to help you achieve a better understanding of thermal break products, key features and the applications they’re best suited to.
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