This year’s analysis draws from 2,800 projects.
Clear on Technical Glass
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 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.
A reflection on 2017 and a look at what's to come in the new year.
To avoid confusion, we are proposing separate charts for fire protective and fire resistive products.
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.
As shocking as the Grenfell Tower fire was, it is not an isolated incident.
The ASTM E-119 test is the most stringent and most difficult test to pass for all fire rated glazing assemblies.
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
It may look like a regular window, but these advanced fire resistive glazing systems are recognized in the code as transparent walls because of its...
Our mission is to produce appealing architectural products that protect people while providing our customers with expert information, economical so...
SuperLite II-XLM is a fire resistive multi-laminate glass product that meets ASTM E-119/UL 263/NFPA 251 and CAN/ULC S101 up to 2 hours.
Photo: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann
With 9 exhibition halls showcasing over 1,235 exhibitors from 52 countries and with over 40,000 visitors from 100 countries walking the show, it is...
Choosing the correct and code approved fire rated glazing product can be confusing, this FAQ can help.
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
Determining when fire rated requirements apply, the type of fire rated glazing allowed, how much fire rated glazing can be used, and what happens w...
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.
After a strong 2015, demand for fire resistive glass continues to grow
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
The holiday season is generally a time when individuals and companies ramp up their charitable giving. The glass industry is no different.
Today’s fire rated doors frequently incorporate glazing to enable vision and transparency that maximize natural or shared lighting.
There are several safe and economical alternatives to traditional wired glass for 20-45 minute vision lites
The new equipment is housed near the existing manufacturing facility in a new 100,000 square foot plant in Merced, bringing the total manufacturing and research and development space to 300,000 square feet.
We’ve found that sourcing products as local as possible maximizes the potential benefits to the American economy, which in turn benefits us.
Tempered glass is an excellent choice for large expanses of glass that maximize clear views while providing significant wind load and thermal stres...
Fire-resistive tempered products such as SuperLite II-XL 45, shown in this 1-hour corridor, is more affordable than filmed and laminated ceramics used in the same application. SuperLite II-XL 45 is proudly USA-made, has no amber tints, meets CPSC Cat. II safety and the hose stream test, provides radiant heat protection and has a high STC rating.
Where product selection has the most impact on cost is also the area where the majority of fire rated glass is being used, which are 20 minute door...
Project: Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA; Architect: Schrader Group Architecture
There is no bigger annual gathering of architects and design professionals in North America quite like the AIA National Convention.
Since the 45 minute openings in this 1-hour exit corridor extend to all the way to the floor, the architects specified SuperLite II-XL 45, a fire resistive tempered product with hose stream that meets ASTM E-119. SuperLite II-XL 45 effectively blocks smoke, flames and dangerous radiant heat to enable safe egress through the corridor. Photo courtesy of SaftiFirst.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s fire, there’s the deadly threat of radiant heat.
The value that today’s technologically advanced fire rated glazing is derived from the radiant heat protection it provides while adding aesthetic appeal and increased visibility within the surrounding building environment. Photo: SAFTI FIRST
Many years have passed since my days as the “Wired Warrior,” writes SAFTI FIRST's Bill O'Keeffe. Every year at this time I reflect on just how far...
The designers were able to exceed 100 square inches in the door vision area in these 90-minute doors by using SuperLite II-XL 90, a fire resistive glass product that meets ASTM E-119/UL 263. The designers also specified SuperLite II-XL 120 in GPX Framing for the sidelites and transoms in this 2-hour stairwell application. The entire assembly meets ASTM E-119/UL 263. Project: CUNY School of Law in Long Island City, NY. Architect: KPF. Glazier: RG Creations. Photo: SAFTI FIRST
Much attention has been given to active fire protection systems, such as fire sprinklers, that are designed to suppress fires. While automatic spri...
1-hour fire resistive wall with SuperLite II-XL 60 in GPX Framing. Architect: GSBS. Glazier: LCG Facades
One of the most exciting new buildings to open its doors this year is the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Salt Lake City, Utah. This $125 mil...
One of the many fire resistive and blast-rated exterior wall openings by SAFTI FIRST at the VA Primary Care Annex in Tampa, Fla. Photo: SAFTI FIRST
Security, safety and transparency don’t have to be mutually exclusive thanks to new glazing technology designed to support blast and fire-resistant...
SuperLite III-XL in a butt-glazed assembly
Innovation is the engine of business success. Whether it’s the development of a brand-new product, a more efficient process or a novel way of servi...
SuperLite II-XL 60 with Decorative Art Glass in Stainless Steel GPX Framing work together to make this 1-hour stairwell visually appealing and inviting. Architect: RRTL. Glazier: InterClad. Project: St. Cloud University ISELF Building in St. Cloud, Minn.
Within the architectural community, a movement called "active design" seeks to convert barren and unappealing stairwells originally conceived as em...