Fire safety glass: Selection
The dangers of fire need not be reinforced; its effects can be catastrophic for both life and property. It is therefore critically important that the specification, selection, design and installation of fire-resistant glazing are carried out with close attention to detail.
Fire-Resistant Glass (FRG) can only achieve desired performance when it is part of a complete fire-resistant glazed system. This means that all other components, such as glazing seal, beads, fixing & frame material (mild steel / stainless steel or timber), must be compatible with each other and work together to form a strong fire-resistant system.
A fire-resistant glazing system must always be installed as tested by an appropriate qualifying authority.
- Check with the supplier for relevant and appropriate evidence of fire resistance performance in compliance with the application. For e.g., a Fire Resistive Glass Door Test evidence cannot be substituted for a Partition Fire Resistant Glazing System application.
- Substitute any component of the system (glass / frame / fire seal / bead section details) with some other that is assumed to provide the same level of fire resistance, even if the component appears similar.
There is a shared duty of all those involved in the specification, manufacture, testing, supply & installation to ensure that the final installed system is fit to protect the building, its occupants & property in the event of a fire.
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