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Construction and Performance of Curtain Wall Systemsfor Super-HighriseBuildings
Prepared by
Raymond WM WongDivision of Building Science & Technology,City University of Hong Kong
 
What is curtain wall
A curtain wall system is a lightweight exterior cladding whichis hung on the building structure, usually span from floor tofloor. It can provide a variety of exterior appearances but ischaracterized by narrowly spaced vertical and horizontalcaps with glass or metal infill panels.Curtain wall systems provide a finished exterior appearanceand most often a semi-finished interior as well. They are alsodesigned to accommodate structural deflections, controlwind-driven rain and air leakage, minimize the effect of solar radiation and provide for maintenance-free long termperformance. Most of today’s systems are constructed of lightweight aluminum alloys or steel sections
 
Development of Curtain Wall Systems inHong Kong
1
st
Generation Early to late 1970’s
features:mainly non-proprietary products designby local window manufacturers.common systems:stick-type, spandrel and cover,unit-in-frame typesmaterial:aluminum sections, fabricated locallyand erected in-situ using manual means

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