AGC's Pyrobel Reaches New Heights

Date: 23 December 2009
Source: AGC
Fire resistant glass from AGC’s Pyrobel range is protecting residents in Ireland’s tallest apartment block.

Rising 71 metres above the city skyline, the Elysian Tower in Cork is a spectacular 17-storey building providing over 200 homes including luxury penthouses.
 
Pyrobel 25 EG fire rated glass has been used in single glazing around the Tower’s inner courtyard to provide 60 minutes integrity and insulation in the event of a fire.
 
A fully transparent glass, Pyrobel satisfied the project’s exacting aesthetic and safety specification, combining complete fire protection with clear visibility and high natural light transmission.
 
Carlen Glass Merchants in Swords, County Dublin, supplied a total of 250m2 of Pyrobel 25 EG for the project, cut to size and ready for installation by Northside Glass in Cork. AGC’s Pyrobel is assembled from clear intumescent layers that expand at around 120oC and transform into a rigid, opaque shield against the spread of flames, smoke, hot gases and radiant heat and so enable safe evacuation of a building.
 
The multi-laminated composition of Pyrobel makes the glass extremely robust, explains MD of Carlen Glass Merchants, Michael McCormack. “This type of glass weighs in at around 65kg per square metre so requires specialist handling and transportation,” he says. “As one of Ireland’s leading Pyrobel accredited stockists, we have the in-house expertise and equipment to ensure safe and secure delivery to customers’ facilities throughout the country.”
 
AGC’s Pyrobel range of fire resistant glasses are tested and approved according to BS 476:Part 22:1987 on both integrity and insulation criteria. In addition, Pyrobel is a safety glass that meets the requirements of BS:6206, and also offers excellent sound reduction properties between 40dB and 44dB depending on the specification. An increasingly popular choice with architects and designers for its aesthetic properties, Pyrobel does not incorporate any wire and has a light transmission that is comparable to clear float glass. It is available in sizes up to 290cm in height in certain applications and in various shapes to suit individual design demands.

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