Philip Frederick, Brian Rose, and Brad Carpenter recently published an article in Construction Specifier magazine that explores the questions: What is a window wall, and what do I need to know for my project?
In “Window Walls: Blurring the Line between Glazing Products,” the authors compare three glazing product types – windows, storefronts, and curtain walls – and the distinctions they have in window wall applications. They also explore the subtleties of each system’s performance, detailing, fabrication, and installation in window wall applications to help designers, owners, and contractors balance constructability, schedule, and cost. Ultimately, it is important for project teams to agree early on about the type of glazing system used for window walls and understand the implications of switching between product types should it become necessary or desired later in the project design, bid, or construction phases. This helps set reasonable performance expectations at the start of a project, laying the groundwork for future success.