Fire and Life Safety
The new NFPA resource addresses the factors that should be confirmed by a qualified person before re-opening a building to ensure the safety of all its occupants. Photo: Silviu Costin Iancu from Pixabay
The new checklist helps building owners and facility managers ensure fire and life safety as bu...read more
Inpro’s Fireline 140 fire barrier and Owens Corning’s Foamglas cellular glass insulation are amon...read more
Building Design+Construction readers and editors select their top building products for...read more
SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI can be used in 45 minute doors up to a maximum clear view area of 3,288 sq. in. (33 in. x 99-5/8 in.) and in 45 minute sidelites, transoms and openings up to a maximum clear view area of 3,880 sq. in. (42-3/4 in. x 90-3/4 in.).
SAFTI FIRST’s new SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI are approved for glazing in all 45 min...read more
SAFTI FIRST management and R&D team after successful testing of a revolutionary new product earlier this year.
I refused to believe that wire glass, which has been used in the US for over 100 years, was the o...read more
After a fire completely destroyed their facility in Columbus, Ohio, Dick Cold Storage built a new facility focused on fire safety. Photo: Ryan Leasure
The new facility includes the latest and greatest in cold storage technology along with fire prot...read more
Results will help inform code changes.
The standard marks the first comprehensive international specification for this equipment.
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A luxury Baltimore hotel, a mixed-use building in Denver and an Alaskan High School may also have...read more
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.
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These blocks will undergo further testing to determine if they are safe.
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The manuals provide information on preventing, reducing fire losses in buildings under constructi...read more
Photo: Industrial Technology Research Institute.
Two innovations tap into the multi-use potential for fire/life safety infrastructure.
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 vi...read more
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 A...read more
2-hour stairwell re-imagined as a tree house using SuperLite II-XL 120 with digital printed glass in GPX Architectural Series Framing by SAFTI FIRST.
Highlights of the addition included 50 private patient rooms, family sleep and dining as well as...read more
In an effort to balance security and fire safety features within codes, standards and planning, N...read more
NFPA life safety engineer Ron Coté settles the debate over second egress doors and exit signs....
The technical committees responsible for NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, have been lo...read more
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 r...read more
The Coltlite natural louvered ventilator provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire.
BD+C’s roundup features colorful sprinklers for offices, hotels, museums; a fire-rated curtain wa...read more
With sections of the glass curtain wall also functioning as an elevator enclosure, it had to meet the fire resistive wall criteria ASTM E-119 for 2 hours.
The curtain wall used for the Shigeru Ban-designed museum provides maximum daylight while protect...read more
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....
Earn 1.0 AIA/CES learning units by studying this article and successfully completing the online e...read more
A pilot program that rapidly identified and resolved fire and life safety deficiencies during con...read more
As more students enter the school system each year, designing for fire safety in educational faci...read more