Curtain Wall Consulting & Performance Testing

Curtain wall systems have the ability to add visual inspiration to any form of architecture. These multi-story systems provide a sense of prominence and quality, while offering building occupants enhanced natural lighting and a visual connection between interior and exterior spaces. However, curtain walls also serve a very important functional role in that they represent a first and last line of defense when it comes to separating conditioned space from the unconditioned environment.

Curtain walls protect a building and its occupants against air infiltration, water penetration, vapor migration, and thermal transmission. As such, curtain wall systems must perform to exacting standards in order to ensure that adequate protection from the elements is provided.

These systems can be easily compromised by:

  • Inadequate design
  • Poor workmanship during fabrication and installation
  • Improper integration with surrounding construction
  • Damage after installation

Pie’s Curtain Wall Consulting services are informed by decades of experience in forensic investigations, building rehabilitation services, and new facility design and construction consulting. Our expertise spans all types of curtain wall systems including traditional/stick-built, point- and cable-supported, unitized, ladder systems, as well as custom concepts with unique three-dimensional geometries.

Benefits of Curtain Wall Consulting

  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Enhanced water penetration resistance
  • Improved thermal performance
  • Greater resistance to air leakage
  • Increased occupant comfort
  • Reduced maintenance costs

Pie’s curtain wall consulting services offers building owners, designers, and contractors a comprehensive quality assurance program in addition to air infiltration and water penetration/spray testing per ASTM E783, ASTM E1105, AAMA 502, AAMA 503, and AAMA 501.2 standards.

“The Police Crime Lab has a striking, faceted envelope that has a tremendous amount of “behind the scenes” magic to keep it dry, yet elegant. Quality starts with a good design and beginning in the schematic stages, Pie teamed up with JR Butler and JE Dunn to co-develop smart details. Pie’s involvement continued through the testing phases, which proved-out the design team’s hard work. We sleep better whenever we’re teamed-up with the like-minded professionals of Pie.”

— Matthew Calkins, Vice President, J.R. Butler Inc.