Actis has been working with the Structural Timber Association to create a technical document which will help architects, engineers and builders comply with more stringent building regulations as we head towards the 2025 Future Homes Standard.
The 58-page booklet, available to STA members, contains details on how to minimise heat loss at junctions, otherwise known as linear thermal bridges, and demonstrate compliance in the run up to net zero in 2050. Actis technical director, Thomas Wiedmer, has contributed some Actis building junctions, whose thermal performance is measured in Psi values, to the document.
Wiedmer said: “Psi-values quantify heat loss through the length of any given construction junction, such as the connection between a wall and floor. U-values, on the other hand, measure heat loss through a specific building element.
“There are negative consequences for the overall energy performance of the building if thermal bridging of junction detailing is not addressed.”
The guidance looks at different forms of heat loss from a building – through the building envelope, through junctions and via gaps in construction joints.
He added: “If the junction detailing doesn’t improve, the proportion of heat lost through the junctions will increase and the building will not meet the required fabric energy efficiency. And without careful attention to the construction, junctions may not perform as predicted, resulting in a performance gap.”