What is a Curtain Wall?

What is a Curtain Wall?

Curtain wall is a term used to describe a building facade, or "skin" which does not carry any dead load from the building other than its own dead load. These loads are transferred to the main building structure through connections at floors or columns of the building. A curtain wall is designed to resist air and water infiltration, wind forces acting on the building, seismic forces, and its own dead load forces.

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Successful Designs for Curtain Wall Attachment

Successful Designs for Curtain Wall Attachment

Successful designs for attach­ing curtain wall systems to steel structures start with a basic understanding of the design curtain wall system, how it frames, and how its anchorage system/loads relate to the primary struc­ture to which it is attaching. While there are many types of exterior cladding systems, this article will focus on attachment issues related to continuous aluminum curtain wall systems anchored to the building. We will also address some com­mon problem area applications, as well as how the attachments relate to the structure behind.

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