Glass-Related Construction on the Rise

Glass-Related Construction on the Rise

Construction spending increased in most building sectors relevant to the glass and glazing industry, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The value of construction put in place, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, in nonresidential construction edged up 0.1 percent from January to February and 1.3 percent from February 2017

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Getting to Know Our New Senior Consultant, Paul Griese

Getting to Know Our New Senior Consultant, Paul Griese

Wheaton Sprague Building Envelope is pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Griese, as Senior Design Consultant for our Building Envelope Consulting Division. Paul hails most recently from a position as Project Manager for Fabbrica where he managed unitized curtain wall projects with material sourcing from international vendors, involving major developers, architects, and top envelope consultants. His past experience includes nine years with Curtain Wall Design Consulting.

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Building Envelope Commissioning

Building Envelope Commissioning

The purpose of this Glass Information Bulletin is to acquaint those associated with the glazing industry with the impact Building Envelope Commissioning (“BECx”) can and will have as commissioning is implemented in construction projects. BECx is a process intended to verify through standards and testing that the materials, components, and systems that make up the building envelope achieve the objectives and meet the performance requirements of the owner.

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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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