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Norshield Products Fortify Critical NYC Infrastructure

New York City has two very large buildings dedicated to answering the 911 calls of its five boroughs. With more than 11 million emergency calls annually, it makes perfect sense. The second of these buildings, the Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II) is located on a nine-acre parcel of land in the Bronx. It’s an imposing 450,000 square-foot structure—a 240-foot-wide by 240-foot-tall cube. The gleaming aluminum cube risesthe equivalent of 24 stories from behind a grassy berm, projecting the unlikely impression that it might actually be floating. Like most visually striking structures, the building has drawn as much scorn as it has admiration. 


Fire-Rated Products

Safti First Fights Through Assertions Made By Plaintiffs Ely Holdings Limited And Greenlite Glass Systems That Safti First’s Fire Rated Floor System Infringed On Their Patent

In a summary judgement dated February 3, 2021, Chief Magistrate Joseph C. Spero of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the patent infringement claims filed by Ely Holdings Limited (Ely) and Greenlite Glass Systems (Greenlite) against SAFTI FIRST, a USA fire rated glass and framing manufacturer, could not proceed to trial, finding that the SAFTI FIRST’s fire resistant floor does not violate Ely’s patent.



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Fire-Rated Products | Bill O'Keeffe Jun 13, 2017

Hidden risks and costs of using sprinklers as an alternate to 1-2 hour fire resistive glazing

The ASTM E-119 test is the most stringent and most difficult test to pass for all fire rated glazing assemblies.

| Jun 5, 2017

Fire-rated frames deliver the natural look of wood

The TimberLine Series pairs a high-strength steel subframe with a wood-veneered metal cover cap to produce a slender fire-rated frame.

| Apr 7, 2017

Fireframes TimberLine™ Series by TGP

Fireframes TimberLine™ Series fire-resistive frames pair a high-strength steel sub-frame with real-…
Fire-Rated Products | Bill O'Keeffe Mar 22, 2017

Fire resistive glazing systems provide architects, owners and envelope consultants assurance of documented performance

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 ability to block smoke, flames and significantly limit the passage of dangerous radiant heat.

| Feb 27, 2017

FireLite® Fire-rated Ceramic Glass from TGP

FireLite® Fire-rated Ceramic Glass from TGP Clear & wireless fire-rated glass with fire ratings…
| Nov 10, 2016

Fire-rated glazing replaces drywall partition to transform ‘almost unusable’ space into a ‘showstopper’

The space, which the firm hoped to use as a gathering place for employees and clients, had no access to daylight. 

Fire-Rated Products | Bill O'Keeffe Nov 10, 2016

Truly transparent: Fire resistive butt-glazed walls up to 2 hours

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.

Fire-Rated Products | Nov 3, 2016

Fire rated switchable glass provides privacy and fire protection at the University of Chicago Medical Center

The University of Chicago Hospital Group reached out to Bill Zientarski of Hi-Performance Glazing Solutions and SAFTI FIRST’s architectural representative in Illinois for a solution that combined vision, privacy and fire protection in one glazed unit.

Roofing and Fire Safety | Jeff Alexander Sep 21, 2016

Metal roofing provides exceptional fire resistance

Buildings with great fire resistance will likely have lower insurance costs and be restricted by fewer codes, owing to the decreased risk. 

Fire-Rated Products | Bill O'Keeffe Aug 25, 2016

FAQ on fire rated glazing applications

Choosing the correct and code approved fire rated glazing product can be confusing, this FAQ can help.

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