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Hot Topics - What's New in Fire-Rated Glass & Framing


The case studies profiled below illustrate how architects are using TGP products such as the FireLite® family of products, Fireframes ClearFloor® System and Pilkington Profilit™ in innovative applications. TGP continues to forge the way in channel glass design with additional textures, colors and hurricane-rated options for Pilkington Profilit™. We've also launched new design and support tools to make your job easier, from updated BIM models to TGP TV online videos and AIA-registered continuing education courses.

Read about these subjects and more in this edition of Hot Topics.

Pilkington Profilit™ in the newly renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX


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Fire-Rated Ceramic Glass
Improves Visibility, Daylight in Post Road Elementary School

Owner: White Plains City School District
Architect: Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson Architects, PC
Building Type: Education
Glass: FireLite Plus® and FireLite® NT
Supplier: Technical Glass Products, Snoqualmie, WA

New York's Kaeyer Garment & Davidson Architects (KG&D) worked to ensure the replacement facility for Post Road Elementary School in White Plains, New York, was an environmentally responsible, yet functional learning environment for children. This included allowing for natural daylight in typically hard to illuminate spaces like corridors, workspaces, libraries and stairwells.

To account for this need, KG&D oriented the new facility around a courtyard to maximize the benefits of the sun's rays as they travel across the sky during the day. Library and art rooms on the south side of the courtyard receive a soft light more conducive to student productivity, while stairwells near perimeter walls with large windows help reduce the need for artificial lighting. Light shelves, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and controllable, energy-efficient fluorescent light fixtures help regulate energy use.

One challenge with the design vision was identifying appropriate materials for the glazing in interior openings such as doors, transoms and borrowed lites that were required to be fire- and impact-safety rated by code.


FireLite Plus® and FireLite® NT ceramic glass from Technical Glass Products (TGP) helped resolve the dilemma. Manufactured using TGP's ultraHD™ Technology, the wireless ceramic glass options feature a clear and nearly colorless surface to better resemble the look of ordinary window glass and visually integrate with the school's non-fire-rated windows. FireLite products defend against the transfer of flames and smoke, are available with fire ratings up to 3 hours, and meet Category I and II impact-safety standards.

Utilized in borrowed lites, as well as in doors, FireLite Plus and FireLite NT helped the architects draw daylight into interior spaces, while protecting children and staff from the threat of fire.

For more information on the FireLite family of ceramic glass products and ultraHD Technology, along with TGP's other fire-rated glass and framing products, visit

Coming Soon:
Patent-Pending Fireframes SG Curtainwall™ Series

Photo rendering for illustration purposes only

With the Fireframes SG Curtainwall™ Series, design professionals can now create large, fire-rated glazed walls with the smooth, monolithic appearance of a structural silicone glazed system. The patent pending, fire-rated toggle retention system allows for rapid installation of fire-rated Pilkington Pyrostop® glass while being completely hidden once installed. These features, combined with narrow steel frames allow high strength, clean sightlines and up to 90 minutes of fire resistance. Fabricated in the United States, Fireframes SG Curtainwall frames are listed and labeled with UL and ULC.

Fireframes SG Curtainwall Series frames are approved for interior use. Contact TGP to review exterior applications. Watch for Fireframes SG Curtainwall Series product details available at in the coming months.

Privacy Meets Safety in
Hygienic Healthcare Design:

Unicel Vision Control® with Pilkington Pyrostop®

Unicel's Vision Control® insulating glass units now incorporate Pilkington Pyrostop® fire-rated, safety-rated glazing from Technical Glass Products. This combination achieves fire-ratings of 45, 60 and 90 minutes in doors, windows, transoms and sidelights, while controlling privacy. This is the first product assembly of this type to achieve an Underwriters Laboratories rating. It's the perfect solution for fire-rated louvered or blind systems in healthcare environments. Vision Control® integrated cord-free louvers are dust-free and maintenance-free, making them ideal for facilities where hygiene is essential.

For more information, visit Unicel Architectural or contact

Fire-rated Glass Floor System
Meets Code, Lets in Daylight at the Charles Cobb Apartments

Developer: Skid Row Housing Trust
Architect: Kivotos Montenegro Partners, Inc., Pasadena, CA
Building Type: Multi-family, special needs housing units
Glass: Fireframes ClearFloor® System
Glazier: G.B. Construction in conjunction with Aaron Brothers

Designed by the Pasadena architecture firm Kivotos Montenegro Partners, and funded and managed by the Skid Row Housing Trust, the Charles Cobb apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles provides safe, healthy and affordable living for chronically homeless and disabled men and women.

During the design phase of the 75-unit complex, the architecture firm was tasked with creating a building that would be filled with natural daylight — which studies show is a key contributor to healthy living environments.

The design factored in room orientation and windows to let sunlight into individual units, along with a sixth floor skylight to transmit daylight down an interior shaft extending to the second floor. This light portal provides supplemental lighting to community areas.

The problem? Local building codes did not allow the shaft to be open higher than two stories. To meet code, the firm needed a floor on the fourth level to divide the shaft into two open segments.

To allow for continual light penetration from the sixth floor to the second, the architects used TGP's Fireframes ClearFloor® System. Design professionals can specify the glass floor with a non-slip walking surface and, as seen in the Charles Cobb Apartments, it can handle foot traffic and bring daylight deep into building interiors. The UL-listed system is approved for both interior and exterior applications with loads up to 150 psf.

For more information on Fireframes ClearFloor, along with TGP's other specialty architectural glass and framing, visit

Channel Glass Helps Infuse the LAX
Tom Bradley International Terminal
with Southern California Glamour

Owner: Los Angeles World Airports
Architect: Leo A. Daly, Los Angeles
GC: Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture, Costa Mesa, CA
Building Type: Commercial; airport
Glass: Pilkington Profilit™ channel glass
Glazier: Environmental Interiors, Aragon Construction

The goal of the Tom Bradley International Terminal's Enhanced User Experience Project at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was simple: to make a positive impression for the city on the airport's 10 million international travelers.

To perform the internal renovation, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) hired Leo A. Daly, an international architecture, engineering and design firm with a nearby branch in LA. Along with functional upgrades to improve passenger flows and customer service levels, the firm was responsible for creating an interior representative of the city's entertainment-based culture.

One of the design's prominent features is vibrant light behind glass wall panels that extend the length of the arrivals and greeting center. Throughout the day, the lighting behind the Pilkington Profilit™ cast-glass panels from Technical Glass Products (Snoqualmie, Washington) alternates between neon colors like the city's nightlights. The self-supporting "U"- shape profile of the channels created an interior cavity in which the colored lights were easily set.

High tech lighting, terrazzo floors, and bright-colored furniture complement the color-changing panels. Elsewhere, local art and flat-screen monitors showcase user information, city hot spots and time-lapse aerial shots of LA traffic. While the internal overhaul is just the first phase of a total remake of the Bradley Terminal, "[It's] a huge improvement for us," said Gina Marie Lindsey, LAWA director, in a Los Angles Times article.

For more information on Pilkington Profilit, along with TGP's other specialty architectural glass and framing, visit

Coming Soon:
New Pilkington Profilit™ Hurricane LT

TGP is rolling out an addition to the Pilkington Profilit Hurricane channel glass line: Pilkington Profilit Hurricane LT. This new product provides architects with a lower cost alternative for applications 30 feet or higher above ground level that require only the Small Missile Impact Test (SMIT).

The heat strengthened and factory-filmed hurricane-rated channel glass offering is tested to ASTM E 1886-06 at +45 PSF and -72 PSF, as well as ASTM E1996-06 for exterior windows impacted by windborne debris in hurricanes. It can be installed either horizontally or vertically. The maximum width of this new glass in horizontal lengths is 13'-6," while the max height for vertical applications is 12'-4."

For applications below 30 feet, Pilkington Profilit Hurricane can provide the necessary protection. It is annealed and has a polycarbonate-laminate, allowing it to pass the Large Missile Impact Test.

Product details for Pilkington Profilit Hurricane LT will be available at in the coming months.

Expanded Design Options
and Interactive Texture Module for Pilkington Profilit™

New Textures and Interactive Texture Module:

The Pilkington Profilit family of products continues to grow with the addition of new surface textures Macro (features a netted screen appearance) and SlimLine (features thin, linear grooves). You can view these – and other – Pilkington Profilit textures on the Design Option page, or in an end-use application using the new interactive Pilkington Profilit Texture Module. Users can toggle between all available textures to get an idea for how each will appear in the same room.

Pilkington Profilit OW (Low-Iron):

This new series has the same features and characteristics as standard Pilkington Profilit, but its low-iron cast glass composition increases light transmission and makes the natural green tone of the glass almost undetectable. Visit the product web page, for a downloadable product fact sheet and sample images.

TGP Offers AIA Registered Courses
for Architects

In addition to the AIA registered courses currently available to architects at and, TGP recently rolled out two new AIA registered online course offerings this summer:

Steel Curtain Wall Glazing Systems – Limitless Design Possibilities (qualifies for 1 LU/HSW/SD Hour)

Fire-Rated Glass and Framing Deliver Design Goals (qualifies for 1 LU/HSW Hour)

In addition to the online programs, TGP offers in-person, AIA-registered continuing education courses. TGP representatives travel to locations across North America, conducting educational talks on the fire-rated glazing industry and its changing landscape (qualifies for 1 LU/HSW Hour), as well as on designing with daylighting (qualifies for 1 LU/HSW/SD Hour). If you would like one of these AIA registered presentations for your firm, please visit the online request form.

New Resource for Architects and Glaziers:

Industry professionals can catch the latest glazing news by tuning in to TGP TV – TGP's new online video channel that covers key fire-rated and architectural glazing topics, products and trends. TGP TV features both product- and educational-based videos. Product videos demonstrate uses and applications for TGP fire-rated and architectural glass and framing products through case studies and third-party testimonials. The educational videos, which are set to air in the coming months, will cover a wide variety of fire-rated and glazing topics, including answers to common building code questions, how-tos for design challenges, problem/solution case studies and installation tips.

TGP TV videos are available through and TGP's YouTube channel. Fire-rated videos will be available on in the coming months.

Updated BIM Models
Available for TGP Products

Fireframes® Curtainwall 3-D Image

To provide design professionals with the most current detailed product specification data, TGP recently updated all product BIM models available on their websites. TGP models are available in the following file formats: Autodesk® Revit®, Bentley Architecture, Google™ SketchUp, AutoCAD® Model, Autodesk 3D DWG, and 2D Revit Drafting details.

To access BIM models for architectural glazing materials such as Pilkington Profilit™ channel glass and SteelBuilt Curtainwall® Systems, please visit our architectural products BIM download page. To access BIM models for fire-rated glass and framing materials such as FireLite® ceramic glass, Pilkington Pyrostop® transparent wall panels and Fireframes® fire-rated framing, please visit our fire-rated products BIM download page.

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If you have a recent project that incorporated our products (such as Pilkington Pyrostop®, Fireframes®, FireLite® family of products, Pilkington Profilit™ or Neoparies®), we would like to see it. Simply e-mail snapshots and a brief description to Your work could be featured in a case study in Hot Topics or in a national publication.

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