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Why Architects Shouldn't Build Condos out of Glass And People Shouldn't Buy Them

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Murano Condo, Toronto, Where the Glass is Falling off Balconies. Image credit Allan Windows Glass balcony panels are raining down on the streets of Toronto from the shiny new condominiums, building envelope expert John Straube was interviewed on Ontario Morning to discuss the problem. He didn't say a whole lot about why the panels are falling, but did a great explanation of the problems that come from building condos out of glass. There is a big difference between the glass on office buildings and on condos; the former is usually curtain wall, that runs continuously on the exterior, the latter is window wall, really a modified store-front wall redesigned for condos, supported by each floor and running from slab to slab. It is a lot cheaper. Straube does a good interview; some bon mots:... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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