The building envelope, cladding, facade or curtain wall industry is the industry in which we do business and for which we have a passion. It is a unique niche industry, exemplifying both creative and technical expression. The industry includes those who make up the design and construction process of the curtain wall or exterior cladding of a commercial building.

We are engaged in the advancement of the high-performance facade and will utilize this section of the website to provide helpful and educational information to site visitors interested in learning more about the industry.

See our glossary of building envelope industry terminology.

Industry Links

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA)
Performance standards, product certification and educational programs for the fenestration industry.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

American Subcontractors Association
Representing Subcontractors & Suppliers in the Construction Industry Since 1966

Architecture Engineering Construction
Resources and information to the AEC industry.

American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) 
Individual membership society for the design drafting and digital design community across all industries.

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
The leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.

American Institute of Building Design (AIBD)
The professional society for America’s residential designers and architects.

Association of Licensed Architects (ALA)
Supporting and improving our role in the built environment.

Autodesk University Online
Autodesk University Online class handouts and sessions.

AUGI Revit Forum
Revit discussion forums.

Autodesk's Revit Library 
Hundreds of free Revit families. Revit locates this webpage via the file dialog box Web Library button.

BIMStorm™
Architects and computer programmers use advanced processes and custom tools to spearhead a building industry revolution.

Building Owners & Managers Association International (BOMA)
Information on office building development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics and technological developments.

Builder Central
Builder and construction web directory

Building Enclosure Council
Providing a forum for the construction industry on the crucial area of building enclosures. BECs provide valuable information on successful building enclosure design.

Cadalyst Magazine
Free Digital Edition, CAD Magazine

Curtain Wall BIM Blog
The software of choice is Revit and the goals are to address any BIM related curtain wall issues, disseminate CW related information, and to help solve any problems. 

Dust: can kill: Raising Awareness to Impact Lives. 
A whitepaper by RVT Group that explores the impact of construction dust at the job site.

Glazierscenter Software
CAD systems and machine lines for the Commercial Glazing Industry

Glass Association of North America (GANA)
Serving flat glass manufacturers, fabricators, and glazing contractors.

Lynn Allen Blog
Stay current with all things AutoCAD

 

Metal Construction Association
Expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology, and education.

National Building Specification (NBS)
Offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals.

National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA)
Serves the needs of the structural engineering profession, its clientele, and building industry constituents.

National Institute for Building Sciences (NIBS)
Authoritative source and a unique opportunity for free and candid discussion among private and public sectors within the built environment.

OPS Forum
Public forum for all interested in the Onuma Planning System (OPS), which includes BIMStorm events.

Rapid Materials 
Fabricated panels, starter installation kits, attachment angles, basic fasteners, and other accessories, which allow you to get started quickly.

Reed First Source-State & Municipal Building Code Library
National, regional and local construction data, building product information, construction cost data, market analytics and advertising channels to construction industry professionals in the US and Canada

Revit City
Resource center for Autodesk Revit users. The site includes forums and open sharing of Revit families, materials, fill patterns, etc.

RevitUp
Revit news, tips, and tricks from The PPI Group's Revit evangelist

Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
Work together to create business opportunities.

Super Skyscrapers
A great show on PBS.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
Serves our nation's construction professionals by promoting the skill, integrity and responsibility of those who build America.

The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry
Provides services and undertake activities that enhance the members' ability to operate a successful business.

The Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC)
The Institute is an authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment.

The Building Envelope Forum
Provides a comprehensive, interactive environment that promotes the exchange of information and “best practices” related to the design, construction, retrofit, and maintenance of the building envelope.

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
National association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery.

U.S. Department of Energy
To promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

US Green Building Council (USGBC (LEED))
Non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.