Curtain wall systems provide excellent access to daylight and views that are desired by the building owners and occupants for health and productivity. However, the increasing stringency of building codes has created a conflict with delivering highly glazed buildings because the glazed areas are less thermally efficient than opaque walls.
Steel’s versatility and durability make it a suitable building material for various construction projects and applications. For cladding and roofing applications, there are different types of sheet steel assemblies, ranging from the simplest single-sheet walls found in agricultural buildings to sophisticated composite panel assemblies.
Canadian energy codes will never be less stringent than they are today. Therefore, it is important to have a firm understanding of the building options available to achieve and outperform regulations. Contrary to some conventional thinking, a ‘systems’ approach to construction can prove an ideal building approach even when high thermal performance is required.
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