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davescott (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 04:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

we're designing a steel-frame office building for steel design class and want to use structural glass for the exterior. the focus is mainly on the STEEL of the building; the glass is almost secondary and serves only as a barrier to the outside, so we don't need to get too technical about it. any suggestions on design or products that can be located on the web?
Colin Gilboy
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Post Number: 105
Registered: 05-2000
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2003 - 04:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


Spend some time looking over the CSI MasterFormat index system to see what products are available.

There is a specific section dedicated to structural glass curtain walls:

Posted on Monday, December 08, 2003 - 07:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

There is no such thing as structural glass and this term should really be avoided, especially in in a classroom setting.

I prefer "point supported glazing" and there are a few companies that specialize in this, Pilkington being arguably the most experienced and recognized. Mero also makes fittings, as do a cornucopia of other European companies. For entire system design, check out ASI:


Marc C Chavez
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Username: mchavez

Post Number: 20
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2003 - 11:33 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Let's not get tooooooooo picky about the definition and use of the word structural.

The title is used in the 1995 MasterFormat and the systems (some of which you mention) are well known by that term. The term is also in the current draft of the 04 MasterFormat although the number has moved.
Dave Metzger
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Username: davemetzger

Post Number: 64
Registered: 07-2001
Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2003 - 01:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

And since several of these systems utilize tempered glass fins that do resist wind load, they are in fact structural.
Sheldon Wolfe
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Username: sheldon_wolfe

Post Number: 38
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2003 - 04:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

And then there are those "non-load-bearing" studs in Division 9...

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