Selection of glass facades and door systems requires consideration of a number of key factors: durability, restorability, anticipated function, safety, code requirements, sustainability, water and air infiltration, seismic and live-load deflection, and hardware compatibility. This course provides architects, structural and M/E engineers, contractors, and building owners with guidance in the selection of materials, proper installation of glazing systems, and performance requirements to protect the health and safety of tenants, occupants, and visitors. The course discusses issues related to indoor air quality, avoidance of mold and mildew, and other environmental concerns related to glazing systems.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
DISCUSS the basic materials and product types available for commercial glass systems, entrances, and doors as they relate to occupant safety, environmental factors, and durability.
COMPARE storefronts, window walls, and curtain walls in terms of application types and performance characteristics, especially with regard to energy performance.
LIST considerations for glazing selection for commercial glass façade systems in terms of human health, indoor environmental quality, and safety.
EXPLAIN how to resolve performance attributes, system limitations, and sustainability requirements for glazed openings and entries in typical building projects.