Visually light yet structurally strong, glass is renowned for its ability to open up buildings to the outside world, while providing protection against the elements. However, glazed facades are not simple architectural solutions. There are several types of glazed facade systems on the market, from shopfronts and window walls to curtain walls, each with their own respective strengths and limitations. Architects, designers and specifiers need to understand the different variables in facade design to choose the right glazed facade system for their project.

Clear Choices: A Specifier’s Guide to Commercial Glazed Facade Systems examines the different glazed facade systems used for commercial buildings, and the key factors that go into choosing the ideal solution. We provide a clear explanation of each glazed facade system, and the key differences between each type. We then consider the design considerations that help architects and designers decide which glazed facade system will meet the requirements of their project – from building type, site conditions and budget to details regarding glazing and system performance.

Established in 1974, Alspec is the market leader in the design and distribution of innovative aluminium systems to the architectural, industrial and home improvement markets. With direct access to a NATA-accredited testing facility in Brisbane, the company’s extensive product range is extensively tested, providing customers with high quality, compliant solutions for a wide range of applications. Alspec offers a selection of commercial framing systems to suit any project – from standard shopfronts to the most challenging structural and energy requirements.

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