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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 5th Edition by Edward Allen, Joseph Iano

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CLADDING WITH METAL AND GLASS

Aluminum Extrusions

Thermal Breaks

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CONSIDERATIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY IN ALUMINUM CLADDING

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Surface Finishes for Aluminum

Other Curtain Wall Frame Metals

Aluminum and Glass Framing Systems

Modes of Assembly

Outside Glazing and Inside Glazing

An Outside Glazed Curtain Wall System

An Inside Glazed Curtain Wall System

The Rainscreen Principle in Metal-and-Glass Cladding

Expansion Joints in Metal-and-Glass Walls

Sloped Glazing

Dual-Layered Glass Cladding

Curtain Wall Design and Construction: The Process

Kawneer 2800 Trusswall® aluminum mullions support the tall glass walls of the lobby of the Zentrum Building at the BMW Manufacturing Corporation in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Architects: Simons/AKA. Photo courtesy of Kawneer Company, Inc.)

The contemporary metal-and-glass curtain wall is a descendant of the cast-iron-and-glass walls that were common features of commercial buildings in the 19th century. Today's walls, however, are vastly more sophisticated in every respect. They are carefully isolated from the frame of the building so that they support only their own weight and the forces of the wind. They are insulated and thermally broken ...

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