Thermal Break for Steel Support Beam
Hello! I am working on a full high performance/passive house-ish retrofit of a small 24×40′ single story house. It is quite the learning experience, but a manageable size.
The original (1945) wood support beam in the basement is badly cracked and will be replaced by steel beams and posts.
The beam will be embedded in the top row of cement blocks (see photo of current wood beam location).
I am hoping someone could direct me to, or help me with, thermal breaks surrounding the beam. In retrospect, I wish I had looked into something like an LVL beam instead. I’m concerned with the thermal impacts of having steel running end to end in my house.
i.e. Is there a specific rubber or mat that can sit between the beam and the floor joists above? Should I be concerned for the steel to concrete connection?
Any guidance or direction is appreciated, thank you!
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