Insulation plan of aluminum curtain wall-fastening unit for high-rise residential complex

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Aluminum curtain wall system is commonly used in high-rise residential complex. For the energy-efficient curtain wall system, the insulation performance of the fastening unit, which enjoins the curtain wall unit to the slab, should be improved because in Korea, hot water pipes for radiant heating are typically installed on the slab in residential buildings. However, this fastening unit composed of metals with high thermal conductivity, acts as a thermal bridge that increases heat loss. Therefore, in this study, we aim to develop a more effective insulation method for the fastening unit. Three alternative fasteners coated with urethane foam and insulation paint were selected (Case 1: using the existing fastener; Case 2: coating the upper part of fastener with urethane foam; Case 3: coating the entire surface of fastener with insulation paint; Case 4: coating the upper part of fastener with urethane foam and the lower part with insulation paint). The heat loss and economical efficiency of each case were analyzed through the three-dimensional annual transient heat transfer simulation and payback period method, respectively. Case 4, compared to Case 1, was found to show the best performance of reducing the annual heat loss by 8.14%. From an economical efficiency perspective, however, Case 2 was found to have the shortest payback period of 2.27years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1310-1317
Number of pages8
JournalBuilding and Environment
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a Grant (06ConstructionCoreB02) from Construction Core Technology Program funded by Ministry of Construction & Transportation of Korean Government.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOEHRD) (The Regional Research Universities Program/Biohousing Research Institute).


  • Curtain wall
  • Energy
  • Fastening unit
  • Insulation coating


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