Northeastern University in partnership with the Charles Pankow Foundation, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, and Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt

Project Description

This project is investigating the structural and thermal performance of improved thermally broken assemblies that bridge building envelopes in steel-framed structures to enhance the energy efficiency of a broad range of steel building structures. Examples of such assemblies include cladding shelf angle assemblies, supports for rooftop equipment, and support for cladding projections such as exterior light shelves, canopies, or balconies. The project includes studying thermal break strategies such as the incorporation of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) shims between exterior elements and their steel attachments. The research will include ensuring the use of FRP or related technologies within steel connections is safe and effective. The results of this research will lead to cost-effective options for mitigating the loss of energy in steel buildings.

Co-Principal Investigators