Tech Note T202-20: Thermal Energy Transfer of Cold-Formed Steel Framing


Summary: While the concepts of energy conservation and efficiency are not new, the demand for sustainable building is at an all-time high. Energy efficiency, and more specifically thermal energy transfer in steel stud construction, presents the construction team with a clear opportunity for reduction in thermal bridging. Advanced analysis of building thermal simulation through scientific thermal modeling programs illustrates that the construction team has the ability to significantly reduce thermal transfer. Use of cold-formed steel framing with a reduced thermal bridging area, in combination with increased spacing of the framing system provides, among other benefits, a significant and positive impact on thermal performance.

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