Three: It’s the magic number!

Steve Goodburn, Sales Director at Pyroguard, manufacturers of fire resistant glass explains the features essential in the fire glazing that goes into fire doors.  1) Impact It goes without saying that safety comes first when it comes to fire glass, but fire glass should also be designed to easily withstand the impact of a person walking into it.

While the glass is permitted to crack, according to the European Standard EN 12600, it must hold together. Fire resistant glass should also be rigorously tested against soft body impact to prevent accidents occurring. At Pyroguard, our products are tested on a pendulum rig with a 50kg weight from a height of a minimum of 450mm indicating how resilient the material truly is. For additional safety, fire glass can also be silk-screened with ceramic frit, helping to make internal doors and partitions more visible.

2) Acoustic Effective sound control is now a key component in modern architecture and all fire resistant glazing installed in any project should offer optimum acoustic control. This helps to minimise intrusive urban sound pollution, ambient noise and reverberation, while allowing plentiful natural light to enter.

3) Thermal In an era of increasing environmental awareness, green design elements are more in-demand than ever before. Building materials now have to meet the standards for heat emissivity set out in Part L of the Government Building regulations, so finding suitable, appropriately standardised insulated glass is a must.

For the latest news on Pyroguard and for more information on their tailored fire resistant glazing solutions follow @Pyroguard or visit www.pyroguard.eu.

To speak to the specification team about individual needs, call 01942 710 721

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