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.

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 in all aspects of these facilities c...

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

SPONSORED CONTENT As hurricane season kicks into high gear, it reinforces the importance of balancing the aesthetic and daylight enhancements of gl...

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 & Nanoengineering within the Gateway University...

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BAS and Security | May 20, 2014 | Bill O'Keeffe

Fire-rated glazing and framing assemblies are just as beneficial on building exteriors as they are on the inside. But knowing how to select the cor...

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 the glass, but penetrated it, causing s...
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 expensive results. Two recent NFPA 80 revis...

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 building safely or provide an area of refuge du...
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 and listed performance capabilities o...

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