Tag Archives: Curtain wall

Designing better commercial fenestration through thermal design

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Fenestration—such as windows, curtain walls, window walls, sloped glazing, storefronts, and doors—affects building energy use through four basic mechanisms: thermal heat transfer, solar heat gain, visible transmittance, and air leakage. Product designers, architects, and specifiers must reconcile the interplay of these factors to arrive at, or verify, optimal thermal performance.

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Steel curtain walls that get the curtain call

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Modern curtain wall systems require structural supports as strong as they are versatile to keep pace with today’s increasingly large free spans, challenging angles, and sophisticated glass-clad aesthetics. While steel curtain wall frames have long met strength criteria, they have only recently provided the necessary design flexibility.

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Art gallery visitors see the light of day

A thermally advanced curtain wall helps visitors to the Clark Visitor Center in Williamstown, Mass., enjoy the woodlands surrounding it. Photos courtesy Wausau Window and Wall Systems

A two-story glass lobby featuring a thermally advanced curtain wall is the focal point of the Clark Visitor Center in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, the new building is part of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s 15-year, $145-million expansion.

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Anaheim station a hub of environmental design

ARTIC’s design called for the use of insulating glass with spectrally selective, low-e coatings that can provide solar heat gain control in conjunction with color-neutral reflection and transmission.

Structurally reinforced insulated glass curtain wall assemblies are front and center in the design of California’s Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). Owned and built by the city, this three-story, parabolic, long-span, grid-shell structure creates a welcoming space with open circulation and a light-filled atrium.

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