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NGA publishes new glass technical resource on fire-rated glazing

The National Glass Association (NGA) has announced the publication of a new technical resource, Fire-Rated Glazing 101. This five-page document addresses how to incorporate fire-rated glazing systems in a manner that not only provides protection to building occupants from fire, but also considers other design goals, such as daylight, privacy and security.

“As chair of the task group, I am excited to share this technical paper with the industry,” said Diana San Diego, SAFTIFIRST. “It is the result of true collaboration between fire-rated manufacturers and suppliers, other glass fabricators, test lab managers, NGA code consultants and NGA staff. By providing an understanding of what fire-rated glass is, we hope that building teams can leverage the daylighting, views, security, aesthetics and other performance benefits that this versatile product provides – all while meeting fire and life safety requirements.”

The technical paper also outlines what products are considered fire resistive and fire protective, including a summary of tests the product must undergo to achieve different safety ratings. Further, it discusses the challenges of visual integration, door hardware, and the incorporation of more complex glass assemblies.

“Fire-rated glazing can achieve nearly any design requirement or request with proper collaboration and specification,” explained Karen Wegert, NGA Associate Director of Advocacy and Technical Services. “Fire-rated glazing is considered a protective glazing product and can also be combined with other protective products, including those for forced entry, blast and wind storm, to create a safe and secure space for building occupants while retaining view.”

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