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Fire rated glass will have had to have passed a test called ecompartmentalization to prove that it can stop the spread of fire and smoke.

Fire Rated Glass

 

Fire rated glass will have had to have passed a test called ecompartmentalization to prove that it can stop the spread of fire and smoke. This type of glass is the given a rating that ranges from 20 minutes up to three hours, according to the framing system and the product being tested.

 

Fire-rated glazing will be either fire-resistive or fire-protective. Fire-protective systems contain smoke and flames for a relatively short period of time (45 minutes maximum). This gives occupants the chance to escape the danger. Fire-resistive systems will contain the smoke and flames, protecting people against radiant heat for longer (normally more than 45 minutes).

 

Fire-rated glazing materials carry a label on the glass that may include the manufacturer, listed fire-rating, safety standards, test standards and testing agency. There are a number of fire-rated products that will meet all the necessary fire-rated building code requirements.

 

Fire resistive glass is often used for fire doors because it will offers added safety performance because of its ability to act as a barrier to conductive and radiant heat transfer. Multi-laminates with a number of layers of glass while including fire-resistive interlayers are good examples of fire-resistive glass.

 

These days, the technology behind the materials that go into making fire-rated glazing allow qualified designers to meet a huge variety of safety and security needs. At the same time, they don't any longer have to sacrifice aesthetic good looks for security. Recent advances in fire-rated glazing present new options to designers so that, because of the transparency provided by the fire rated glass wall, they can maximize the amount of daylight that penetrates into the building

 

Fire rated glazing needs to be fitted by experts. Using a 90-minute fire door with 20-minute-rated glazing would de-stabilize the overall protection levels of the whole building. To this end, Glasstec Systems experienced fitters are always sure to check that all components have the same or greater fire ratings than the required minimum codes for the opening. So, with the additional security it brings to the property, your peace of mind from installing fire rated glass is guaranteed.

 

 

Fire-rated glazing will be either fire-resistive or fire-protective.