How to specify fire-resistant glazing

How to specify fire-resistant glazing
Photo source
With public awareness now high around fire safety, Steve Bond, customer and technical support manager - fire protection at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, discusses how to specify fire-resistant glazing, as part of Fire Door Safety Week.

The ability of glass to prevent the spread of fire throughout a building is one of its most important features. 

Technology has progressed rapidly in recent years in terms of the ability of glazing to stand up to fire for extended periods of time. Alongside this, the use of larger pane sizes can now be used in settings at risk of fire, and can deliver high levels of clarity, while maintaining the required safety levels. 

With this in mind, it’s essential that architects and specifiers know how to specify fire-resistant glazing.

Guidance for the levels of fire-resistance required when glass is positioned in different areas within a building are detailed part of Building Regulations Approved Document B (AD B).

The purpose of these requirements is to ensure that fire is contained within the space of origin, and the spread of smoke and flames is inhibited, ensuring those inside can evacuate safely. 

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. 

A full copy of a recent Pilkington report, containing a round-up of the current requirements of AD B and a look at leading fire-resistant glass, is available at

To get involved in Fire Door Safety Week, join in the conversation with the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek and visit the website for more details 

600450 How to specify fire-resistant glazing

Others also read

The 2019 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference is the must-attend event for more than 500 contract glaziers, industry suppliers and technical experts to connect and discuss trends that impact the glass and glazing industry.
Architectural ironmonger BJ Waller is first to stock Stonebridge’s new Armor-Coat™ Grade 5 certified range, as an official trade partner of Stonebridge and Finesse.
Deceuninck is one of the first PVC-U systems companies in the UK to gain the VinylPlus® Product Label for sustainability following a successful audit by BRE (Building Research Establishment).
Britplas have been appointed as the external envelope supplier for the latest development of Qinetiq’s Portsdown Technology Park (PTP).
3rd Edition Of Glasspro To Be Held In Mumbai In October 2019
At the BAU 2019 trade fair, the team from the Roto Aluvision division provided manufacturers of aluminium doors with information about installation of the “Roto Solid C” concealed door hinge, among other topics.

From industry


Thermoseal Group Ltd.
Wrightstyle Ltd.
Thermoseal Group Ltd.
Thermoseal Group Ltd.

Add new comment