Thermal Series by Dawson

Thermal Series

Dawson introduces its Thermal Series, designed to meet the ever-increasing stringent energy efficiency building codes without losing the beautiful aesthetic appeal or the customization that Dawson is known for.

Until now, thermally broken doors have only been available using limited extruded aluminum profiles.

The Dawson thermal system utilizes internal pour and de-bridge extrusions, which acts as the door’s skeleton. A door pan is custom laser cut and bent to fit every project’s exact specifications and is then affixed to the sub-structure. The door frames utilize thermal pour and de-bridge extrusions as well.

Dawson thermal entrances do not have any visible seams on the door or frame’s face, making our product the only one in the industry offering this option.

Find out why Dawson Thermal Series entrances make the most Energy Efficient Doors for custom commercial applications.


Discover the product features and technical specifications below to ensure Dawson Thermal Series is the right fit for your next project.

  • Thermal Improvement

    Overall thermal performance is greatly improved compared to non-thermally broken entrances.

  • Lower U-Value

    Dawson Thermal Series have an NFRC U-value far less than the current energy requirement of .77.

  • Resistant to Condensation

    Thermally broken doors have a much higher condensation resistance factor, which significantly reduces the opportunity for interior frost build-up.

  • Factory Glazed

    Dawson factory glazes all thermally broken doors and frames using 1 inch thick low-E insulated glass. This dramatically impacts the SHGC of the entrance and ultimately conserves either heating or cooling costs.

  • Acoustical Mitigation

    Thermally broken doors aid in acoustical mitigation, thus reducing unwanted noise from entering the building.

Download our printable Thermal Series product sheet.

Printable Product Sheet

Dawson Thermal Performance

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    Figure 1

    Figure 1 shows a comparison between a Dawson thermally broken door top rail and a traditional Dawson non-thermally broken top rail. The U-Value listed under each image represents the entire door system calculated using the respective construction methods.

    The door on the left side, without the thermal break, has a calculated U-value of .8, which does not meet the current industry standard U-value of .77. The thermally broken door on the right side has a calculated U-value of .415, which far exceeds all current energy requirements.

    The coefficient of heat transfer (U-value) was calculated by Dawson engineers using a simulation performed according to the NFRC 100 procedure and the ISO 15099 standard. THERM version 7.7.10 and WINDOW version 7.7.10 software developed by the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory were used to perform all calculations.

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    Figure 2

    Figure 2 represents a complete Dawson center pivoted entrance. The overall size of the entrance is 79” wide x 85” tall to meet the NFRC standard model size. The total calculated U-value of this Dawson entrance is .410 (Btu/h ft2-F), and the SHGC is .208 (1” insulated Low-E glass was used in this calculation).

    The calculations are based on NFRC 100 standards with an exterior air temperature of -.4° F, an interior ambient temperature of 69.8° F, and an exterior wind velocity of 12.3 mph. Calculation reports are available upon request for our standard entrances (pairs of doors with immediate frame or single door with an immediate frame).

    In the event that a project requires specific thermal analysis of a custom non-typical entrance, Dawson engineers can provide complete systems U-values upon request. This information will be submitted within our complete shop drawing submittal.

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