Building envelope design using metal and glass curtain wall systems

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20337852
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleBuilding Practice Note; no. 37
ISSN0701-5216
Physical description14 p.
Subjectcurtain walls; metals; glasses (materials); rain penetration; joints (junctions); Building envelope
AbstractThe curtain wall system has evolved rapidly over the past two decades especially with respect to environmental separation. Early systems frequently presented rain penetration problems, were subject to build-up of icicles or condensation and suffered from the failure of glazing seals. Most of these difficulties have been overcome but some difficulty remains at the joints between the curtain wall system and other parts of the building. A definition of curtain wall is provided and the system is described in terms of how it responds to wall design requirements such as airtightness, thermal resistance, vapour resistance, rain protection, and accommodation of structural and thermal movement. Details of junctions at parapets, corners, grade, masonry precast siding, soffits and sloped walls/roofs are presented and discussed.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada. Division of Building Research
Translation of
  • Conception des enveloppes de bâtiments utilisant des systèmes de murs-rideaux en métal et en verre
LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada
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NRC numberNRC-IRC-745
NPARC number20337852
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Record created2012-07-19
Record modified2017-07-06
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