Over the course of its history, Architectural Aluminum Framing Systems have grown and multiplied to meet the changing demands of building envelops. This industry started by meeting the demand for a sustainable storefront solution in the early 1900’s. Today architects are faced with selecting from a wide range of system options. Two major types of framing systems are Storefronts and Curtain Walls. In some cases, these systems could occupy the same space but in others, selecting the wrong system could have harmful consequences.
This presentation focuses on the characteristics that distinguish these two systems. This describes how each system is assembled, how they handle water, thermal characteristics, and structural differences. The goal is to give you a good understanding of the differences between these systems and the appropriate application of each. You will have a clear understanding of why a storefront should not be used where a curtain wall is needed and be able to explain this to others.
Bud Henson is the Vice President of Window Tech., Inc., a full-service manufacturer's representative in the Pacific Northwest. Bud's primary responsibilities include working with/supporting architects and glazing contractors focusing on Kawneer glazing systems.