Curtain wall is a term applied to a widely used facade technology for cladding large buildings. Curtain wall systems do not carry any dead loads imposed from the building structure, but instead are designed to support their self-weight and transfer horizontal loads (wind) incident upon them to the primary building structure.
At DK Homes our Curtain wall systems typically “hung” from the building structure and typically attached to the floor slabs. The primary functions of the curtain wall are to resist air and water infiltration and to provide a thermal barrier between inside and outside. Our Curtain wall systems are also designed to accommodate the complexities of deflections, thermal expansion and contraction, building sway and relative movements between floors as caused by wind or seismic loads acting globally or locally on the structure. Special design considerations can include day lighting, thermal, acoustical, security and blast-resistant performance.
We normally customize designs for large buildings to individual project requirements.