Aluminium Glass Facades


Also known as curtain wall, aluminium glass facade is one of the most popular methods of cladding the exterior of buildings and commonly used in modern architecture. An aluminium glass facade is a type of building facade system that consists of non-load-bearing aluminium frames, glass panels, structural support elements which attach it to the building structure. 

Aluminium glass facades are often seen in high-rise buildings, office complexes, and commercial structures. It’s increasingly popular in residential projects as well, where modern architecture and luxury living are prominent. Aluminium glass facades in residential settings offer expansive views, amplify natural light indoors, and create a sense of openness and connection to the surroundings. These features enhance both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of residential buildings, adding elegance and sophistication to their exterior appearance.

Design


  • Thermally broken profiles as standard 
  • Depending on your project requirements, friction stays or butt hinges are used. 
  • Standard sized windows are made from slim frames. Large sized windows come with thicker frame options.
  • Many brands offer aluminium casement windows with versatility in frame design in terms of sight lines, appearance etc.

Size Limitations


  • Standard sash sizes are up to 1.5m at height and 900mm at width. The sash may weigh up to 50kg. 
  • Large size sash sizes are up to 2m at height and 2mm at width. The sash may weigh up to 130kg.

Opening Elements


A wide range of opening elements can be integrated to aluminium glass facades. The most commonly used ones are;

  • Top-hung windows, 
  • Tilt-turn windows, 
  • Sliding or bifold doors, 
  • Single or double casement doors.

Colours and Finishes


Typically, aluminium glass facades offer a variety of color and finish choices, including:

  • A full range of standard powder coated RAL colour,
  • Textured metallic finishes,
  • Anodised in satin and bronze colours,
  • Marine grade powder coated for for use in marine and coastal environments.

Glazing Options


  • Double glass unit as standard (Toughened safety glass, Ug=1.0 W/m2K, Low-e coating, warm edge spacers) 
  • Triple glass to achieve better thermal performance (Touhened safety glass, Ug=0.5 or 0.6 W/m2K, Low-e coating, warm edge spacers) 
  • For added security, one pane of glass unit can be built as laminated.

Thermal Performance


According to Building Regulations Part L, aluminium glass facade should meet the minimum u-values specified below:

  • For replacement doors in residential buildings, a sliding door have to achieve a U-value under 1.4 W/m2K for the whole door. (or Band C energy rating)
  • For new doors in residential buildings, a sliding door has to achieve a U-value under 1.6 W/m2K for the whole door. (or Band B energy rating)

Safety & Security Options


  • Burglar resistance classes of RC2 or RC3 are also available as security options,
  • PAS24 security option for glazed facade to be installed on round floors in residential settings.

Weather-tightness Performance


When it comes to withstanding varying weather conditions, a typical aluminum glass facade can meet the following minimum performance values:

  • Air tightness: 1200 Pa
  • Water tightness : 1200 Pa
  • Wind load resistance: 2000 Pa

Aluminium glass facade use to create a large glazed wall in residential buildings

Aluminium glass facade use for covering stairwell in residential buildings

Aluminium Glass Facade for Residential Use

The stick-built glass facade is used in residential settings. Common applications of aluminiujm curtain walling in residential buildings include:

  • Where there is a need for floor-to-ceiling windows with wide spans,
  • Grand entrances with a front entrance door,
  • Replacing large gable ends with a glass wall.