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Building facadesconstructionpretended steel stranduprightWood construction


System for the installation and support of a building facade with panels using an innovative combination of profiles and anchoring cables. In detail, the invention consists of an upright constructive element, to be inserted into the supporting structure of a building (e.g. inter-floor slab), on which to apply glazed or opaque panels of any type, material and size, used for building constructions. Reduced dimensions, dimensional invariance for all applications in which the upright can be used, simplicity of construction and assembly, extreme flexibility of use, lightness and high mechanical and thermal insulation performance.

Technical features

This is an upright  constructive element, to be inserted in the load-bearing structure of a building (e.g. inter-floor slab) on which to apply glass or opaque panels of any type, material and size, or external perimeter walls. It can also be arranged horizontally or on an incline with respect to the axis, to constrain curtain panels. The system is made with components that are largely already present in the building market, and consists of a pretended steel strand anchored to e.g. to the floors, on which a pultruded profile or other material is applied, through a certain number of clamps, guaranteeing the fastening of the strand to the profile itself and allowing  to reduce the free length of deflection of the upright as desired.
Anchoring, e.g. to the intermediate floor and roof slabs, is obtained by means of normal anchoring devices commonly used.
The upright in question is characterized by small dimensions (e.g. 50mm x 50mm in horizontal section) which do not vary with the variation of the dimensions of the perimeter walls anchored to it, and therefore can guarantee the anchoring of large infill panels.
Actual TRL level = 5.

Possible Applications

  • Construction companies;
  • Buildings.


  • It is possible to combine the advantages of using profiles and cables for the construction of facades;
  • Advantages in terms of simplicity of construction, dimensions, lightness;
  • Better mechanical resistance, better thermal insulation.