From Billet to Building – Part 5: Curtainwall Installation

The construction of high-performance building envelopes is a multi-step process, starting with raw materials such as aluminum billets and glass silica, and results in prefabricated curtainwall unit assemblies that hang from the building structure, most often the floor slabs. This process requires a network of material vendors, processors, fabricators and installers to coordinate diligently. In the five-part video series From Billet to Building, the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos will animate each step, culminating in several installation strategies.

Part 1: Part Manufacture and Fabrication
Part 2: Float Glass
Part 3: Insulated Glass Unit
Part 4: Curtainwall Assembly

Part 5: Curtainwall Installation

  • Unloading of materials on-site, lifting or moving to their designated floors
  • Sequence of operations: survey and layout, anchor installation, and curtainwall installation
  • Unpack units and prepare for installation
  • Attachment of additional components such as sunshades