Bill O'Keeffe

SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions

About the Author: Bill O’Keeffe is the President and CEO of SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions, a leading USA-manufacturer of advanced fire rated glass and framing systems.  An industry veteran and innovator with over 45 years of experience in architectural glazing, he was first to introduce and manufacture clear, fire resistive glazing products in the US.  He is also a safety advocate who exposed the dangers of traditional wired glass, which lead to code changes and fire rated glass products that are safe, affordable and clear alternatives to traditional wired glass.  Today, Bill continues to develop building products that enable architects to create beautiful, safe and energy-efficient spaces with advanced glazing systems.

SAFTI FIRST management and R&D team after successful testing of a revolutionary new product earlier this year.

SAFTI FIRST management and R&D team after successful testing of a revolutionary new product earlier this year.

Fire and Life Safety | November 26, 2018
I refused to believe that wire glass, which has been used in the US for over 100 years,...

Design and safety go hand-in-hand with the help of fire rated glass. Project name: University of North Carolina Genome Sciences Building. Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

October 08, 2018
Published by the International Code Council (ICC), the IBC has been adopted throughout...

The 2012 and 2015 IBC closed an important loophole that allowed uncontrolled radiant heat transmission through vision lites in doors in exit enclosures and exit passageways. Today, fire protective ceramics are limited to 100 sq. in. in the door vision panel regardless if the building is fully sprinklered. To exceed 100 sq. in., fire resistive glazing that meets ASTM E-119/UL 263 must be used. 

Fire-Rated Products | Clear on Technical Glass | January 23, 2018
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Fire rated glass fencing can help slow the spread of fire by blocking smoke and flames up to 60 minutes.  It also provides partial radiant heat protection by reflecting the heat back to the fire source.

Security/Fire Protection | Clear on Technical Glass | December 18, 2017
A reflection on 2017 and a look at what's to come in the new year.
Fire-Rated Products | Clear on Technical Glass | October 25, 2017
To avoid confusion, we are proposing separate charts for fire protective and fire...
Fire protective glazing used in a door vision panel in 60-90 minute exit stairway

The 2012 and 2015 IBC limits the size of ceramics and fire protective glazing used in the door vision panel in 60-90 minute exit stairway or passageways to 100 sq. in. regardless if the building is fully sprinklered. The only way to exceed the 100 sq. in. vision panel limitation is by using fire resistive glazing that meets ASTM E-119. 

Fire-Rated Products | Clear on Technical Glass | July 19, 2017
As shocking as the Grenfell Tower fire was, it is not an isolated incident.
Fire-Rated Products | Clear on Technical Glass | June 13, 2017
The ASTM E-119 test is the most stringent and most difficult test to pass for all fire...

GPX Hurricane with FL Product Approval was used in the new VA Medical Center in Orlando, FL.  Architect: RLF Architects.  Glazier: Harmon Inc. Photo Credit:  SAFTI FIRST

Glass and Glazing | Clear on Technical Glass | March 22, 2017
It may look like a regular window, but these advanced fire resistive glazing systems are...
Glass and Glazing | Clear on Technical Glass | January 03, 2017
Our mission is to produce appealing architectural products that protect people while...
Fire-Rated Products | Clear on Technical Glass | November 10, 2016
SuperLite II-XLM is a fire resistive multi-laminate glass product that meets ASTM E-119/...

Photo: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Glass and Glazing | Clear on Technical Glass | October 14, 2016
With 9 exhibition halls showcasing over 1,235 exhibitors from 52 countries and with over...
Fire-Rated Products | Clear on Technical Glass | August 25, 2016
Choosing the correct and code approved fire rated glazing product can be confusing, this...
On New York City’s bulletin on lot line requirements – and how it applies everywhere else

1 hour curtain wall adjacent to a parking area in a private office in Valley Stream, NY. Products used: SuperLite II-XL 60 with PPG Starphire Low-Iron insulated with Low-E in GPX Curtain Wall Framing; Architect: RPF; Glazier: AMG Contracting

Clear on Technical Glass | May 06, 2016
Determining when fire rated requirements apply, the type of fire rated glazing allowed,...
Glass and Glazing | Clear on Technical Glass | March 31, 2016
Code limitations do not match manufacturer’s tested listings

Increased demand for fire resistive glazing in combination with ballistic or physical attack protection led to the development of USA-made SuperSecure II-XLS by SAFTI FIRST, now used in prisons and other secure facilities nationwide.

Clear on Technical Glass | February 08, 2016
After a strong 2015, demand for fire resistive glass continues to grow
Glass industry gives back during the holidays

10-year old Eliyana, a patient at the Burn Center, playing with one of the Starlight® Fun Center® mobile entertainment units donated by SAFTI FIRST to provide entertainment to children receiving treatment at the Community Medical Center in Fresno, CA

Glass and Glazing | Clear on Technical Glass | December 11, 2015
The holiday season is generally a time when individuals and companies ramp up their...
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