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A comprehensive guide to structural glass facades for architects,engineers, and builders

Once an experimental building form, structural glass facadeshave matured into a fully robust technology. Structural GlassFacades and Enclosures documents, defines, and categorizes thecurrent state of the art in long-span glass facade design andconstruction, with a focus on structural systems, glass claddingoptions, and implementation strategies for innovative design. Acomparative analysis of these various systems is included, alongwith designs and design practices for enhancing transparency;engineering issues; material, process, and fabricationconsiderations; installation means and methods; and projectdelivery strategies for implementing innovative building technologyin today's construction marketplace. The reader will findinformation here that is not available together in any singleresource, including:

  • Structural system types and design options, with integratedglass system options and their application on each of thestructural types

  • An in-depth discussion of design, fabrication, and installationissues relative to each system type, accompanied by illustrationsand photographs

  • A discussion of the challenges of implementing innovative designand technology in the construction industry, and operationalpractices to improve the probability of success

  • A series of in-depth case studies documenting representativesamples of stunning built works that employ the technology anddesign principles identified in the book

Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures provides expertcontent for putting cutting-edge technology into real-lifepractice, creating new potential for fresh applications embracingboth aesthetic and performance solutions, and for the adoption ofthe technology by architects, builders, and facadepractitioners.

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