Are you using the right fire-rated product?

Posted on February 21st, 2016 by mdalbke

FireLite Plus

FireLite Plus

Are you using the right fire-rated product?

Building codes have gone through changes the last several years, and fire rated glass has been the subject of much of the discussion.  For years traditional wired glass was the go-to for all fire rated glazing applications.  But, in the late 1990s several lawsuits pertaining to injuries caused by traditional wired glass caught the attention of code officials.  Wired glass was historically exempted from meeting Category II impact safety requires when used in fire rated applications leading to the use of non-safety glazing in human impact locations.  Back in 2003, this exemption started to go away.  Today, all glazing used in human impact rated locations must meet Category II safety ratings, something traditional wired glass can not do.

So, these changes beg the question, are you using the right fire-rated product?  For impact rated locations, there are 3 products available to meet both fire and safety ratings, FireLite NT, FireLite Plus, and Pilkington Pyrostop.

FireLite NT Logo

FireLite® NT is a 3/16″ (5 mm) thick fire-rated and impact safety-rated glazing material, composed of FireLite and surface-applied fire-rated film. It is listed for use in doors, sidelites, transoms and borrowed lites with fire rating requirements ranging from 20 minutes to 3 hours. Trusted for over 20 years, the FireLite family of products now feature ultraHD® Technology for superior color and surface quality

FireLite Plus Logo

FireLite Plus® is a nominal 5/16″ (8 mm) thick laminated fire-rated and impact safety-rated glazing material. It is listed for use in doors, sidelites, transoms and borrowed lites with fire rating requirements ranging from 20 minutes to 3 hours. Trusted for over 20 years, the FireLite family of products now feature ultraHD® Technology for superior color and surface quality

Pyrostop Logo

Pilkington Pyrostop® is a fire-rated and impact safety-rated glazing material. Pilkington Pyrostop also blocks radiant heat, protecting people and valuables on the non-fire side of the glass where radiant heat transfer might be a concern. It is listed for use in doors, sidelites, transoms, borrowed lites and wall applications with a fire rating of up to 2 hours

 

Maryland Glass provides not only these industry leading products, but also expert consultation services to make sure your job meets all building and budgetary requirements.

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