A curtain wall is an outer covering of a building in which the outer walls are non-structural, but merely keep out the weather. As the curtain wall is non-structural it can be made of a lightweight material reducing construction costs. When glass is used as the curtain wall, a great advantage is that natural light can penetrate deeper within the building. A curtain wall is designed to resist air and water infiltration, sway induced by wind and seismic forces acting on the building and its own dead load weight forces.
Structural Glazing systems are a brilliant, cost effective solution for contemporary glass design and consist of a fully or partially framed internal finish, with the glass structurally glazed/adhered to the outside face. All to produce a complete flush silicone jointed external finish. Whilst the framed internal appearance is more traditional, structural glazing provides a high flexibility in regards to the sections utilized and framework finish.
Curtain wall glazing is a light weight exterior cladding, hung on the building structure, usually from floor to floor. These curtain wall glazing are available in a variety of exterior appearances and uniquely featured by narrowly spaced vertical and horizontal caps with glass or metal infill panels. Curtain wall glazing is designed to accommodate structural deflections, control wind-driven rain and air leakage and minimize the effect of solar radiation.