While pre-fabricated mass timber wall panels with punched windows have and are being used on several projects, design teams are already looking for ways to incorporate floor-to-ceiling glazing into their mass timber designs. This in turn has led to an increasing interest in the design and use of timber curtainwall products in the place of conventional aluminum systems. The objective of this research is to present a conceptual mass timber framed curtainwall design for use in high-rise applications.
As part of this research, RDH :
1. Performed an industry review of existing high-performance curtainwall products.
2. Performed a simulation based parametric analysis to evaluate the impact of individual curtainwall components on the overall product U-value.
3. Performed preliminary engineering of a timber curtainwall design concept.
More broadly, this research project aims to support Canada’s transition to a wood-inclusive construction industry by,
1. Creating broader adoption and commercialization of wood-based products in construction of high-rise buildings through developing higher-performance curtainwall systems.
2. Creating a ready-to-use design capable of use by the growing number of mass timber Passive House projects across Canada.
3. Supporting Canada’s transition to a more wood-inclusive construction industry by enabling wood to be used in a highly visible application as part of a high-performance glazing system.