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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.
In a former newsletter, we invited many registered design professionals to visit the installation of several large 30’ X 30’ visual mock-ups of a European rain screen curtain wall system (STO AG Ventec & Verotec) which are primarily applied as D/BV curtain walls, however; while outside of the scope of that assignment, those wall products may be compartmentalized and applied as PER wall systems.