TGP AIA-Registered Course Now Online
For years TGP has worked closely with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to help educate architects and designers on the benefits and features of fire-rated glazing products. The video, Burning Issues: Understanding Today's Fire Rated Glass & Framing, is used as an educational tool in AIA's Continuing Education System (AIA/CES), providing participants with 1.0 Health, Safety and Welfare learning unit hour. The video presents the various categories of fire-rated glass products and advises how to determine which materials are suitable for a given application. It also addresses design innovations in fire-rated glazing materials, the impact of code changes to improve product safety, and the effect of security concerns.
To improve accessibility to the course, it can now be completed entirely online at our fireglass.com Web site.
As before, the course can also be presented directly to your firm in person through our lunch and learn presentations. Call 888-397-FIRE (3473) or click to schedule a presentation with a TGP Representative in your area.
AIA-Registered Course Available at Fireglass.com
Product SpeciFIRE®: Updated Tool for Specifying Fire-Rated Glazing Now Available
With so many fire-rated glazing options on the market today, it can be complicated to keep track of new product information. TGP has recently updated the Product SpeciFIRE®, a tool that allows for ready identification of the appropriate glass and framing for a given fire rating and performance criteria. By answering simple questions, design professionals can use the SpeciFIRE to determine which products are suitable for a specific application, including needs such as impact safety, blockage of heat, and energy efficiency.
Newly designed, SpeciFIRE portrays all 13 of the fire-rated glass and framing options offered by Technical Glass Products, from the FireLite® family of ceramic glass to Pilkington Pyrostop™ transparent wall units.
The updated SpeciFIRE is available as a convenient pocket tool. Visit our Information Request page and select "Fire-Rated Product Literature" to receive a hard copy of the SpeciFIRE by mail. An online tool will also be available soon at fireglass.com.
Pilkington Pyrostop™ glass
and Fireframes® frames.
Making the Right Choice: A Look At Polished vs. Unpolished Ceramic Glass
Ceramic has long been known for its outstanding heat tolerance, making it a well suited glazing material for fire-rated applications. When specifying fire-rated ceramic glass, it is important to consider the surface finish. Polished ceramics are finish ground on both surfaces so that the end product is nearly distortion free. Unpolished ceramics, however, have some visible distortion, similar to the wavy look of antique plate glass. Such distortion can draw unnecessary attention to the glass and detract from its overall aesthetics.
Due to the polishing process, polished ceramic is the higher priced product, but provides the greatest clarity. Such premium polished ceramic glazing can offer visible light transmission of approximately 88%, with approximate visible reflection of 9%.
Technical Glass Products is the only source in North America offering polished, virtually distortion-free fire-rated ceramic glass. Our FireLite® ceramic glass is fire-rated for up to 3 hours in doors (90 minutes in other applications) and passes the required hose stream test. The glazing is also available in large sizes and can be installed in standard fire-rated frames.
FireLite products are available in three distinct surface grades: standard, premium and obscure. Standard grade provides an unpolished surface and has a slight surface distortion while maintaining a clear view. Premium grade is ground and polished for high clarity. Obscure features a patterned surface for translucency, suited for applications requiring a degree of privacy.
To learn more about FireLite fire-rated ceramics, visit our Web site. For a local distributor in your area, contact us or visit fireglass.com/distributors.
International Code Council (ICC) Upholds Hose Stream Test Requirements
As in years past, for the 2008 round of code reviews, several proposals were submitted to the ICC to remove or lessen the hose stream test requirements for fire-rated glazing in the International Building Code (IBC). Following review and discussion of the proposals, the ICC in February rejected the proposals. By these actions and past actions, the ICC continues to validate the hose stream test as an important part of testing requirements for fire-rated glazing.
The hose stream test helps ensure that fire-rated glazing, hot from a fire, will remain in place if sprayed with water from sprinklers or fire hoses. It is required for fire ratings of 45 minutes or longer in the United States and for all fire ratings in Canada, and provides a method for evaluating the integrity of materials and constructions, and eliminates inadequate materials.
TGP products such as FireLite® and Pilkington Pyrostop™ pass the mandatory hose stream test, while some specially tempered glass marketed as having a 45- or 60-minute fire rating does not. When specifying a product, verify that it complies with the hose stream test requirement to avoid unnecessary risk or potential liability.
If you have any questions regarding the appropriate fire-rated glazing required for your application, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-426-0279.
Pilkington Pyrostop™ passes
the required hose stream test.