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Looking for a candid resource on all things fire-rated? Interact, discuss and gain new insights on trends, codes and design solutions for the fire-rated glass and framing industry.

Fire Safety Lessons from Our Lady of the Angel School Fire

Discover the fire safety insights found from the fire in Chicago's Our Lady of the Angel school including fire detection, suppression and building compartmentation.
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Can the Glass Industry Benefit from ASHRAE's WWR Proposal?

The glass industry's been buzzing about the ASHRAE 189.1 proposal for the greater part of the summer [More]

What is "Operation School Burning”?

Like many fire and life safety studies, “Operation School Burning” was designed to investigate methods for providing a safer environment for occupants during a fire. Where it differs is that the fire tests were conducted in an actual school building. Over the course of a three month testing period... [More]

Fire-rated Glazing Industry Ripe for Innovation

A few days ago, I read an article about a young architect in Toronto named Tom Ngo, who is developing a reputation for producing architectural drawings that “gleefully ignore reality.” Although some critique his logic-defying concepts—it is impossible to build structures with candy-cane like... [More]

Shattered School Safety: Is Bullet-resistant Glass the Answer?

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, glass is at the forefront of many discussions to improve school safety. In some cases, offenders have used glazed areas as an entry point, begging the question: If schools used bullet-resistant glass, would students be safer? The answer is not so s... [More]