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curtain wall

[′kərt·ən ‚wȯl]
(civil engineering)
An external wall that is not load-bearing.

curtain wall

A method of construction in which all building loads are transmitted to a metal skeleton frame, so that the non-load-bearing exterior walls of metal and glass are simply a protective cladding. See also: Wall

curtain wall

curtain wall, 2
1. In a tall building of steel-frame construction, an exterior wall that is non-load-bearing, having no structural function; also see metal curtain wall.
2. In ancient fortifications, an enclosing wall or rampart connecting two bastions or towers.
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Speaking at the launch, Sam Robinson, the general manager, Technal Middle East, said: "The requirement for curtain-wall assembly with a physical barrier that prevents the flames, fumes and hot gases propagating will help to control the growth and spread of fire in a building, thus protecting both life and property by allowing occupants to escape."
"Fire resistance is determined through destructive fire testing and the EN 1364-4 fire test is one of the most stringent and hardest to get through, so I am proud that our curtain-wall system met the test requirements and to be a leader in providing such solutions.
"Technal's curtain-wall assembly with our fire protection system is test approved and provides peace of mind to contractors and ensuring the safety of building residents in the case of a fire," observed Hall.
The bronze, curtain-walled skyscraper, to be called Trump World Tower, is designed by Costas Kondylis and is destined to rise 900 feet above the East River.
He likened the Trump World Tower design to that of the Seagram Building, the first curtain-walled tower in a plaza that began that trend.