08 40 00 Entrances, Storefronts, and Curtain Walls

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More great walls of fire: Exterior separations

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by Jeff Razwick
Fire-rated curtain walls can prevent a fire from traveling to or from neighboring buildings without restricting visibility. Unlike gypsum, masonry, and other opaque fire-rated materials, this multi-functionality can bring fire and life safety goals in line with the aesthetic design intent where building codes deem the threat of fire is significant from adjacent construction.

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Great walls of fire: Interior separations

Fire-rated curtain walls can satisfy life safety requirements without sacrificing transparency. All images courtesy TGP

by Jeff Razwick
Glazed curtain walls are best known for their ability to visually integrate two otherwise separate spaces. Less talked about—though, perhaps more important—are curtain walls with the capability to retain visibility and access to daylight while standing guard against fire.

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Success in the Balance: Form and function with balanced doors

Photo © Heather Collins Roe Photography

When choosing a marquee entry door system, specifiers need to consider several criteria including traffic, the building’s wind and stack action pressure, accessibility, and obstructing pedestrian traffic. Balanced doors can address these criteria with fluid opening and closing, even when strong external wind pressures and internal stack pressures. Design, frame, and tempered glass options are also discussed.

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Overlooked Considerations for Windows and Curtain Walls

Photo © BigStockPhoto/Zhiwei Zhang

The primary factors most designers consider when selecting window and curtain wall systems for their projects tend to involve cost, appearance, and energy efficiency. However, other considerations—such as weatherproofing, performance, and durability—can also be critical. Understanding material options, along with aspects like performance data and perimeter detailing are crucial.

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Testing Glazing in the Field: Performance Classes

Up until the 2008 edition of American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Window and Door Manufacturers Association/Canadian Standards Association (AAMA/WDMA/CSA) 101/I.S.2/A440, North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights (NAFS), there were five performances classes of windows with differing requirements for test pressures, allowed leakage rates, and other variables. This sidebar discusses the current four types, and their minimum performance grades.

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Testing Glazing in the Field: Specifying procedures now avoids trouble later

Photo © Bruce Damonte. Photo courtesy Wausau

Laboratory testing of fenestration products to the North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights (NAFS) verifies the performance of a specimen of the fenestration product itself. How can one be certain the specified performance will be realized after installation? When properly applied, field testing can be a useful way to verify actual installed performance during construction and prior to occupancy of a building. The key is testing in conditions that accurately simulate the real-world environment and ensuring that the appropriate test method is applied to the specific installation.

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