How to Write a Curtain Wall Specification | U.S. Green Building Council
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How to Write a Curtain Wall Specification

GBCI: 0920013175

Review and discussion of a non-proprietary curtain wall specification.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LU/HSW



Session summary:
Every word in your curtain wall specification can have important consequences. Do you know how to properly specify testing and performance requirements? Sealants and accessories? Finishes and tolerances? Using MasterSpec's Section 084413 "Glazed Aluminum Curtain Walls" as an example, we will review a non-proprietary aluminum curtain wall specification section line-by-line and explain in simple language what it means.
We will review a non-proprietary curtain wall specification and discuss in detail the following: related requirements, allowances, preinstallation meetings, submittals, quality assurance and testing, mockups, warranties, performance requirements, framing, glazing systems, spandrel panels, entrances, accessories, fabrication, finishes, installation, erection tolerances, and field quality control.
Learner engagement:
At various points audience members will be asked to discuss how they specify the various aspects of curtain walls and how their own firms' specs differ or enlarge on the example shown.


  1. • Apply new technologies and construction techniques relating to glazed aluminum curtain walls into the creation of specifications and contract documents used by architects.
  2. • Identify and specify products, materials, and finishes necessary for successful completion of projects that include glazed aluminum curtain walls.
  3. • Identify testing and performance requirements necessary for successful completion of projects that include glazed aluminum curtain walls.
  4. • Apply knowledge of regulations, standards, and life safety codes into the design and specification of projects with glazed aluminum curtain walls.
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Created by

USGBC Nebraska Flatwater
Omaha, NE
United States


Joseph Berchenko