Project Showcase – Structural Thermal Breaks for energy efficiency and fire safety
15th Mar 2022
Over the last few months, we have witnessed a growing public interest in energy efficiency in parallel to increasing numbers of building designers who are looking to go beyond the standard when it comes to insulating building connections in a wide range of building types. As a result, we remain busy with a large number of Structural Thermal Breaks projects as we head into Q2. Take a look at a few of our most recent thermal bridging projects below.
Primark Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Primark store in Belfast was previously based in the Bank Building in central Belfast, however, it was tragically destroyed in a fire in 2018, with firefighters taking 4 days to totally extinguish the flames.
The COVID19 outbreak also meant significant delays to the starting of the rebuild and renovation of the building, but now works are well and truly underway. Fire safety is a priority for the redevelopment project, alongside structural integrity and retrofitting the historic Grade B1-listed five-story building with modern insulation.
Farrat A2 fire- Structural Thermal Break material Farrat TBF has been selected for use across the project, to provide premium-grade protection against thermal bridging, with non-combustible properties.
Hockliffe Road Care Home, Leighton Buzzard, England
Fire safety is often a key concern when looking to house those who would find evacuation in the instance of a fire a challenge.
Hockliffe Road Care Home is currently being constructed on the site of a former police station, and will deliver a modern 63-bedrooms development built to the highest sustainable standards using Passivhaus criteria.
The scheme will also integrate Farrat TBF Structural thermal breaks, as Passivhaus certified building components.
Golden Jubilee Hospital Clydebank, Scotland
The three-story expansion of the NHS Golden Jubilee in Clydebank, Scotland, is set to include theatre suites, orthopaedic facilities, outpatient and pre-operative spaces, a surgical admissions and recovery unit, a new endoscopy unity, and a sterilising and processing department.
Farrat is working with developers on the dramatic entrance steelwork, ensuring that structural thermal bridges are eradicated to enable the hospital to maintain its high energy efficiency.
Projections involving steel, including balconies, outside shelters, façades, and entrance features, create additional challenges when it comes to ensuring cold external temperatures do not affect the environment inside, and using Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks in this growing health facility will do that.
Energy efficiency in modern building design
Energy efficiency is front and centre in the news at the moment, with increasing utility bills creating a major concern for both individuals and businesses. Building designers are now looking to go beyond following the mandatory regulatory requirements and future proof the use of the buildings at an affordable rate.
Whether buildings are using the increasingly specified steel structure or using concrete, Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks are an essential component for any energy-efficient building.
For more information on integrating thermal break solutions into structural connections, visit our Structural Thermal Break hub or one of our dedicated portals: