Tech Note W102-21: Introduction to Curtain Wall Design using Cold-Formed Steel


Summary: A curtain wall can be defined as a non-vertically loaded exterior wall (aside for self-weight) support by the primary structural frame of the building. When it comes to cold-formed steel framing, this definition can encompass a great many possible assemblies and applications. This Technical Note discusses the various structural elements of a curtain wall system, and introduces the subjects of design loads and framing analysis.

This Technical Note updates and replaces CFSEI Tech Note W102-12

Disclaimer: Designs cited herein are not intended to preclude the use of other materials, assemblies, structures or designs when these other designs demonstrate equivalent performance for the intended use. CFSEI documents are not intended to exclude the use and implementation of any other design or construction technique.


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