Publisher : Woodhead Publishing Limited
Release : 2009
ISBN : 9781845693695
Language : En, Es, Fr & De
Book Description :
Glass is a popular cladding material for modern buildings. The trend for steel-framed, glass-clad buildings instead of those constructed with traditional materials (such as brick and concrete) has inherent problems. These include the performance of architectural glass in extreme climatic events such as windstorms and heavy snow loads and earthquakes. This book reviews the state-of-the-art in glass and glazing technology to resist failure due to these natural events. The first chapter addresses building code seismic requirements for architectural glass in the United States, followed by a chapter on glazing and curtain wall systems to resist earthquakes. The next two chapters discuss snow loads on building envelopes and glazing systems, and types and design of glazing systems to resist snow loads. Other chapters consider wind pressures and the impact of wind-borne debris as well as special types of glazing systems to resist windstorms. A final chapter reviews test methods for the performance of glazing systems during earthquakes and extreme climatic events.