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Thermal calculations
for heat loss and thermal
resistance of your
façade buildup.

Specify a project specific exterior rainscreen cladding systems solution. NVELOPE's Project Builder includes indicative thermal calculations for your project. If you're looking for project specific 3D thermal calculations then we can arrange that too with our NVELOPE 3D Thermal Service. Speak to your local NVELOPE sales representative or complete your Project Builder now.

NVELOPE Thermals
Energy Performance of your building

Developers are serious about conserving power, energy and reducing CO2 emissions, and the drive to reduce energy consumption in buildings places a greater emphasis on the performance of the building Envelope and all the components in a façade system.

Façades and Heat loss in construction
BS EN 10211 and BRE 443
(Convections for U-value calculations)

With NVELOPE's 3D Thermal Service the construction is modelled into a 3 dimensional form to allow a distinct understanding of the geometry and effect of the intended materials. NVELOPE brackets and fixings are modelled correctly with a point thermal transmittance (chi-value) calculated for the thermal bridge formed. The result can be used for condensation risk assessment. The thermal calculation can accomodate specific materials or use generic values and be tailored to suit your project design.

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NVELOPE static calculations

Step One

Complete an NVELOPE 'Project Builder' - This will allow us to prepare a project specific cladding solution that includes optimum setting out information for the support system.

NVELOPE Heat Loss / Calculations

By calculating the U value in a buildings construction it enables an understanding of the implications this thermal performance has when aiming to meet current building regulations.

Rainscreen Cladding facades utilise a tried and tested method of an external façade material coupled with external / internal insulation layers. A ventilated layer behind the chosen façade material ensures the risk of condensation is minimized as well as dissipating solar gain on the building.

The NVELOPE rainscreen support brackets, primary fixings, rails and carriers are an integral part of the Rainscreen Cladding build up and their role on heat loss in the construction, plays a key role.

NVELOPE can assist the specifier or thermal engineer understand the effects caused by our elements in the buildup in respect of heat loss and U-values by undertaking detailed thermal calculations on the intended façade construction.

Step Two

These calculations conform to BS EN 10211 as well as BRE 443 (Convections for U-value calculations) and ensure the full detailed construction is understood rather than a generic scenario which as such play no reference to the intended design.

Our Static calculations determine the parameters for these calculations and thus can also include project specific information such as insulation type/manufacturers.

Using a point thermal transmittance for a discrete fixing bracket that penetrates an insulation layer.

A 3D numerical calculation is undertaken on a section through the wall containing a representative fixing bracket (size selected via completion of 'NVELOPE Project Builder').

The boundaries of the model should be at quasi-adiabatic positions (e.g. mid-way between two NVELOPE brackets). The result is compared with a calculation in which the brackets are omitted so as to obtain a point thermal transmittance, as described in BS ENISO 10211.

That calculation needs to be done only once for a given design of bracket and penetrated insulation thickness.

NVELOPE Isolators
Energy Performance of your building

The use of an isolator between the NVELOPE 'helping hand' bracket and the substrate / structure will help to mitigate the effects of cold bridging – Nvelope offer a clipped isolator (5mm fitted to bracket). An additional flat NVELOPE isolator can be used in combination with the standard isolator (total 10 mm) to increase resistance.

Thermal bridges cause increased flow of heat and should be taken into consideration when designing a façade/façade system. Since the fixing of ventilated cladding must go through the thermal insulation into the substrate it cannot be avoided.

Thermal decoupling of the substructure from the ventilated façade is achieved through thermal separation layers.

NVELOPE NV and NH brackets are pre-assembled with thermal isolators – isolators help reduce thermal bridging – in addition NVELOPE isolators prevent a chemical reaction occurring between aluminium brackets and lime in concrete frames.

The thermal value of NVELOPE brackets / isolators has been calculated.


The U-Value is the heat loss through an Element, e.g. a wall

The U-value of the plane elements, necessary for the calculation of the overall loss from the building.

Corrections need to be made for any thermal bridging, fixings & bracketry. This includes linear heat loss should the rail penetrate the insulation layer.

Chi Values

The Chi value is the heat loss at (for example) a bracket and is measured as W/mK.

Either a default correction is used or a 3D calculation is carried out. Default bracket corrections can be wildly out with a nominal 0.02W/mK being used and then some bracket point loss figures being >0.05W/mK once calculated (not good) – potentially a huge difference in the thermal world.

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