Clear on Technical Glass

No other building material brings together daylight, transparency and style the way that glass can. Fortunately, today’s architects can benefit from advanced technology that enables glass to perform other functions such as protect against fire, blast, hurricane, ballistic, UV or harness energy from sun. This blog will tackle the latest issues in glass performance, technology and design, as well as create an environment for communication and dialogue among members of the building community. It will also provide the latest code updates, as well as profile case studies that show high-performance glazing in action.
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.

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. 

Fire-Rated Products | June 02, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe
Where product selection has the most impact on cost is also the area where the majority of fire rated glass is...
Project: Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA; Architect: Schrader Group Architecture

Project: Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA; Architect: Schrader Group Architecture

Building Materials | April 24, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe
There is no bigger annual gathering of architects and design professionals in North America quite like the AIA...
Radiant Heat: The Invisible Killer

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.

Building Team | April 01, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s fire, there’s the deadly threat of radiant heat.
State of the fire rated glazing industry

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

Fire-Rated Products | February 12, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe
Many years have passed since my days as the “Wired Warrior,” writes SAFTI FIRST's Bill O'Keeffe. Every year at...

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

January 16, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe
Much attention has been given to active fire protection systems, such as fire sprinklers, that are designed to...

1-hour fire resistive wall with SuperLite II-XL 60 in GPX Framing. Architect: GSBS. Glazier: LCG Facades

Contractors | December 11, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
One of the most exciting new buildings to open its doors this year is the Salt Lake City Public Safety Buildin...

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

Architects | November 19, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
Security, safety and transparency don’t have to be mutually exclusive thanks to new glazing technology designe...

SuperLite III-XL in a butt-glazed assembly

Fenestration and Glazing | October 19, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
Innovation is the engine of business success. Whether it’s the development of a brand-new product, a more effi...

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.

Architects | August 25, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
Within the architectural community, a movement called "active design" seeks to convert barren and unappealing...

Plaquemines Parish (La.) Detention Center, designed by L.R. Kimball. Glazier: Glass, Inc.; products used: SuperSecure II-XLS in SAFTIfire GPX Framing. Photo: courtesy SAFTI FIRST

Architects | July 24, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
Like it or not, the number of incarcerated people in the U.S. continues to rise. With that, increased security...

Project: Las Olas Beach Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Architect: The Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership. Products: 2-hour SAFTIfire Hurricane Wall System and 90 min. SAFTIfire Hurricane Door System

Architects | June 26, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
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1 hour fire resistive wall meeting ASTM E-119 requirements with SuperLite II-XL 60 in GPX Framing. Architect: HDR. Glazing Contractor: Charlotte Glass

Architects | May 27, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
Openness and transparency were high priorities in the design of the Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengi...

2-hour Fire Resistive CW Framing System from SAFTI FIRST at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Architect: Ennead. Glazing Contractor: W&W Glass, LLC

Architects | May 20, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
Fire-rated glazing and framing assemblies are just as beneficial on building exteriors as they are on the insi...

Unsafe wired glass application. This was later replaced with clear fire and CPSC Category II safety rated glazing to prevent injuries. Photo: SAFTI FIRST

Architects | May 05, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
In the story, a high school student pushed open a hallway door glazed with wired glass. His arm not only broke...
Building Enclosure Systems | April 25, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
Code confusion has led to misapplications of fire rated glass and framing, which can have dangerous and/or exp...

The Kensington, Boston. Photo: SAFTI FIRST

Architects | April 08, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
The majority of fire rated glazing applications occur inside a building to allow occupants to exit the buildin...
Architects | April 01, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe
Mismatched fire-rated glass and framing happens more often than you think. Failing to confirm that the tested...
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