A Curtain wall system encompasses one of the essentials of facade technology in high-rise construction. Facades include curtain walls, window wall, and cladding elements which creates the external envelope of the building. Since it’s exposed hugely to the exterior environment, it has to be correctly designed, assembled, installed, and also maintained, bearing in mind the sustainability and functionality.
A curtain wall in UAE is an exterior covering of construction where the outer walls do not have any specific structure; it’s attached to the building to protect the interior from outside weather conditions. These walls are incredibly lightweight, usually made of walls with aluminum frames and having infills of metal panels, glass, or thin stone. Glass is used as a curtain wall and has certain benefits like letting in natural daylight. A curtain wall is manufactured in a way to hinder water and air infiltration, and it also resists the influence of the wind and seismic forces.
These wall panel systems are divided into two categories according to their process of installation and fabrication. These are modular systems and stick systems. Now, in a modular system, the wall is formed of bigger-size units installed and glazed inside the factory, shipped to the site, and then used on buildings. Whereas in stick systems, the wall frames and glazed panels are connected and installed jointly, piece by piece. The outer surface of curtain wall panel systems in UAE is waterproof; thus, all other parts that fall behind remain completely dry. The modular system offers benefits of high quality and quicker construction because it’s manufactured in the factory. But the transportation costs are a little higher because a lot of care and protection needs to be taken during the process.
Here are the functions of a curtain wall in brief:
Eradicating water penetration – The primary function of a façade is water penetration. Thus, two layers of prevention are positioned; the first level is conducting a total defense of water. If the primary fails, the second level is draining out percolated water.
Impermeability of air – This function is about reducing the release of carbon dioxide due to the loss and gain of heat within the internal and external environment.
Resistance to wind – Cladding systems used in buildings is more prominent in size, and those panels are one-way spanning. So, every floor level supports a single level of wind load on a construction.
Solar levels – The solar levels can be reduced by a solar control coating on one side of the glass surface.
High rise buildings use glazed curtain walls for energy efficiency purposes, and this has led to the advancement in the domain of architectural glazings. The primary aim of a window glass design is to enhance its thermal and optical properties. You can use heat-reflective and very-transparent glazings to reduce heat loss from the windows and to save energy. Few window glazings are used for light enhancement and decorative purposes.
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