Fire resistant glazing discussed
TIPS WERE given on specifying the glazing as part of Fire Door Safety Week last week.
Glass on Web hosted a piece from Steve Bond, customer and technical support manager in fire protection for Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd., in which he stated how ‘public awareness’ was ‘now high around fire safety’. He added that ‘the ability of glass to prevent the spread of fire throughout a building is one of its most important features’, with technology having ‘progressed rapidly in recent years in terms of the ability of glazing to stand up to fire for extended periods of time’.
As well as this, the use of larger pane sizes ‘can now be used in settings at risk of fire’, Mr Bond commented, and went on to point out that these can ‘deliver high levels of clarity, while maintaining the required safety levels’. On this note, it is ‘essential’ that both architects and specifiers ‘know how to specify fire resistant glazing’, with guidance for levels of fire resistance required ‘when glass is positioned in different areas within a building’ contained in Approved Document B of the building regulations.
Mr Bond concluded that the ‘purpose’ of those requirements is to ‘ensure that fire is contained within the space of origin’, and that the spread of smoke and fire itself ‘is inhibited, ensuring those inside can evacuate safely’. He finished by pointing out that the ‘partitions separating compartments or rooms must achieve specific periods of fire resistance, meaning the fire-resistant performance of any glazing in such walls is crucial’.