Fire and Life Safety

Top Structural Products for 2019
December 16, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Inpro’s Fireline 140 fire barrier and Owens Corning’s Foamglas cellular glass insulation are amon...

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101 Top Products for 2019
December 16, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Building Design+Construction readers and editors select their top building products for...

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Revolutionary, Fully Hose Stream Tested, Optically Clear, Low-cost, 45 Minute Fire Rated Glass Product For All Applications

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.).

January 08, 2019 | SAFTI FIRST

SAFTI FIRST’s new SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI are approved for glazing in all 45 min...

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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.

| November 26, 2018 |

I refused to believe that wire glass, which has been used in the US for over 100 years, was the o...

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After Devastating Fire, Ohio Business Adds BILCO Smoke Vents In Swift Rebuild

After a fire completely destroyed their facility in Columbus, Ohio, Dick Cold Storage built a new facility focused on fire safety. Photo: Ryan Leasure

  

| October 04, 2018 | The BILCO Company

The new facility includes the latest and greatest in cold storage technology along with fire prot...

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| May 24, 2018 |
In this 10-minute sponsor talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), Tim Na... read more
A piece of wood on fire

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July 27, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Results will help inform code changes.

Firefighters on the roof of a burning building in Alaska

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July 26, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard marks the first comprehensive international specification for this equipment.

The exterior of FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns

Photo: Tim Evanson, flickr

July 20, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A luxury Baltimore hotel, a mixed-use building in Denver and an Alaskan High School may also have...

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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. 

| July 19, 2017 |

As shocking as the Grenfell Tower fire was, it is not an isolated incident.

Photo: Natalie Oxford, WIkimedia Commons

June 22, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

These blocks will undergo further testing to determine if they are safe.

American Wood Council releases construction fire best practice manuals, website

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February 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The manuals provide information on preventing, reducing fire losses in buildings under constructi...

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Sprinkler system does double duty

Photo: Industrial Technology Research Institute.

January 12, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Two innovations tap into the multi-use potential for fire/life safety infrastructure.

Fire rated doors: standards, testing and glazing requirements

Today’s fire rated doors frequently incorporate glazing to enable vision and transparency that maximize natural or shared lighting.

| November 24, 2015 |

There are several safe and economical alternatives to traditional wired glass for 20-45 minute vi...

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SaftiFirst, Merced, Manufacturing Plant, Manufacturing

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.

| October 22, 2015 |

We’ve found that sourcing products as local as possible maximizes the potential benefits to the A...

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Fire rated glass brings whimsical and reliable protection at children’s hospital

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.

| October 13, 2015 |

Highlights of the addition included 50 private patient rooms, family sleep and dining as well as...

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New document addresses school safety and security

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June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

In an effort to balance security and fire safety features within codes, standards and planning, N...

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Two myths regarding NFPA 101 Life Safety Code debunked

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June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

NFPA life safety engineer Ron Coté settles the debate over second egress doors and exit signs....

How to prevent corrosion in sprinkler system piping

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June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The technical committees responsible for NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, have been lo...

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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. 

| June 02, 2015 |

Where product selection has the most impact on cost is also the area where the majority of fire r...

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6 bold applications and innovations for fire and life safety

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. 

May 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s roundup features colorful sprinklers for offices, hotels, museums; a fire-rated curtain wa...

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Fire resistive curtain wall brings maximum light, views and safety to Aspen Art Museum

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.  

| April 14, 2015 | SaftiFirst

The curtain wall used for the Shigeru Ban-designed museum provides maximum daylight while protect...

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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.

| April 01, 2015 |

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s fire, there’s the deadly threat of radiant heat....

A firefighter uses the voice capabilities of a fire alarm panel (in this case, a
February 03, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett

Earn 1.0 AIA/CES learning units by studying this article and successfully completing the online e...

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January 20, 2015 | EH&E

A pilot program that rapidly identified and resolved fire and life safety deficiencies during con...

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Transparent fire-rated entry evokes openness at Johnson & Wales University. Phot
| December 30, 2014 | Technical Glass Products

As more students enter the school system each year, designing for fire safety in educational faci...

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For Gelsons Market in Los Angeles (pictured above), the architect was able to p
| December 11, 2014 | SAFTI FIRST

When it comes to designing parking garages, providing vision and transparency might not be the pr...

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