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Curtainwalls Aren’t Efficient—But They’re Improving - EBN: 21:4 via @sharethis

Curtainwalls Aren’t Efficient—But They’re Improving - EBN: 21:4 via @sharethis

Product Review from Environmental Building News Curtainwalls Aren’t Efficient—But They’re Improving By Jennifer Atlee Despite their drawbacks in terms of energy performance (see “Rethinking the All-Glass Building ,” EBN July 2010), for many owners and designers curtainwall systems are an integral part of the design aesthetic for buildings large and small. Fortunately, curtainwall systems with higher thermal efficiencies, condensation resistance, and durability are increasingly available—and increasingly specified. This cutaway shows Kawneer's new 1600UT 3/4"Ultra Thermal" System1 curtainwall with " triple-pane insulating glass. The system is stick-fabricated, pressure-glazed, and ideal for low- to mid-rise applications. The largest curtainwall systems are typically custom-designed, site-assembled, and competitively bid, but at the medium to small scale, those seeking high-...

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