Curtainwall Primer for Design Professionals
Stuart, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE
Definitions of a curtainwall sometime differ between an Architect and an Engineer. It is therefore important that a structural engineer understand the different types of systems available and in use. This one hour online course will provide the user with a basic understanding of curtainwall systems as they relate to the structural design and detailing of the supports for this specialty type of building cladding. This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end.
At the completion of this course, the student will:
Course IntroductionA curtainwall system is a specialized type of cladding typically used in the construction of commercial and institutional buildings. Definitions of a curtainwall sometime differ between an Architect and an Engineer. It is therefore important that a structural engineer understand the different types of systems available and in use. A clear understanding of the curtainwall supplier's design criteria will enable the structural engineer to properly design the supports required for this type of building cladding.
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Course SummaryThere are two types of curtainwall systems; "stick" and "unitized". Although the stick system is cheaper, the unitized system has the advantage of more flexibility relative to allowable deflection of the supporting structure. Non-curtainwall systems such as strip windows and punched windows are often incorrectly referred to as a curtainwall by architects. The structural engineer-of-record should provide to the curtainwall manufacturer the required component and cladding wind loads required. The structural engineer and the curtainwall manufacturer should communicate with each other to ensure that the deflection of the supporting structure is within the criteria established by the material vendor.
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Curtainwall Connections - HALFEN
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.