IDA ADVANCE OFFICE BUILDING DUNDALK
Date of Construction
VAN DIJK ARCHITECTS
SDG were proud to be involved with one of IDA Ireland’s newest office developments. Designed to fuel the ever-growing need for Grade A office space in key strategic locations in Ireland, this impressive 3,232m² two-story office will greatly assist local companies seeking high quality office space to grow their operations. Designed to achieve LEED CS
(Core & Shell) accreditation, the IDA Advance Office will offer tenants the most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sound building possible. SDG were happy to play a role in the thermal insulation of concrete connections, which worked to assist in the accreditation of such a high building standard.
As the building featured an external balcony, the designers considered the potential for cold bridging through the concrete slab. If left as a single monolithic concrete slab, the exterior balcony
would work as a bridge, acting as a heat sink allowing for internal warmth to be drawn outside. If left untreated, this temperature differential can cause not just heat-loss, but inner condensation.
Felix O’Hare asked SDG to assist with the design and supply of thermal breaks to ensure the cantilevered balcony slab would be insulated from the main slab to prevent thermal bridging. Working closely with our partner Max Frank UK/Germany, we had calculations produced for engineers’
approval. Once approved, lay out drawings were produced, and the Egcobox connectors were sent for production in Max Franks Egcobox production unit in Germany. Egcobox thermal breaks are BBA approved and come with free design and on-site technical support.
Working closely with the Max Frank UK team, we arranged for on time delivery to site. The bespoke Egcobox units were installed as per manufacturers guidelines and layout drawings.
Since installation, the units are working as per design to isolate the balcony from the main slab, allowing for a complete reduction in thermal bridging thanks to the thick mineral wool isolation block.
Egcobox also works to carry the weight of the cantilever slab, offering the ultimate level of structural safety.
Should you have a requirement for the Egcobox system, reach out to our Technical Team for assistance.