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Curtain wall; height of elegance and efficiency

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A curtain wall is a type of light and self-standing enclosure. This construction system consist of a modular substructure, which is generally composed by aluminium profiles named mullions and transoms, the curtain wall anchoring to the building structure and glazed or opaque panels. In this structure, practicable elements as windows or lattices to avoid sun radiation, decorative motifs, etc. can be combined. This type of façade is designed to resist the pressure of the wind and not to transfer to the structure more than its own load weight.  

 

 

 

 

A curtain wall is at the same time the transparency and the reflection of the building architecture. A play of lights and shadows which seduce every designer. The slenderness given by the aluminium, its lightness and the brightness that transfers to the interior are its main strongholds. Without any doubt, this system has become a symbol of elegance and modernity in contemporary architecture.

Beyond its aesthetic value, the curtain wall is not just an arbitrary ornament. Given the qualities of glass and aluminium sustainability, both 100% recyclable and with a long lifetime, it means an environmental friendly solution.  Furthermore, this system is able to improve significantly the building energy efficiency. Its adaptability and functionality enable either to make the most of the solar radiation or to avoid it, or to create a double skin which ventilate it naturally or even preheat the air.

Constructively, it also has advantages: It weighs 5 times less than traditional façade solutions (from 40 to 70 kg/m2). In addition, due to its reduced thickness (between 10 and 15 cm) maximises the useful area. A further advantage is the manufacturing and quick installation, as well as its low maintenance.

 

 

 All these characteristics make it an optimal solution for tertiary sector restorations, although they suppose also a very good solution to new constructions. There are many cases of success in works on existing buildings which get outstanding results. Thanks to the large range of filters in glass and opaque enclosures, it can solve problems caused by Sun overexposure. In turn, it can improve harnessing the Sun using high solar factor and low emissivity glasses. As if this were not enough, sliding lattices can be included to provide shadows where desired to combine both effects. A real gem.

If you are interested in our solutions for curtain wall you can take a look at our catalogue: Series E-100.

 

 

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