Vetrotech Introduces the Industry’s First Certified Fire-Rated Hurricane Impact Resistant Glass Curtain Wall Door System

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, a leading manufacturer of fire-rated glazing and framing, has launched the Vetrotech HI System, an assembly of high-strength VDS® curtain wall and door profiles and Contraflam® HI glazing.

Vetrotech HI is the first certified fire-rated solution on the market that has hurricane impact resistance feature built-in to curtain-wall,” says Kevin Frisone, National Sales and Marketing Manager for Vetrotech Saint-Gobain.Buildings designed to resist high-velocity hurricane forces are invaluable life-saving assets in large metropolitan coastal areas in states along the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States. Vetrotech’s innovative system allows architects, glaziers and facility managers to bypass installation and maintenance of costly shutters.

Certified to meet the building code requirements of coastal hurricane-prone areas, Vetrotech HI was tested to meet ASTM E 1996, ASTM E 1886 and ASTM E 330, as well as the more demanding TAS protocols required by the Florida Building Code, including Miami-Dade County. In addition to passing the requirements of the small and large missile test, Vetrotech HI testing included dynamic cycling and air and water infiltration tests. UL listed for fire-resistance applications requiring ratings for up to two hours, Vetrotech HI fills a market void by offering the industry’s first listed and approved, complete solution for fire-rated hurricane applications.

Frisone points out the flexibility of the CONTRAFLAM HI glazing component: “The system provides maximum design flexibility with respect to the outboard lite to meet local energy standards set by building codes or to achieve LEED® points. In other words, we can provide any available low-e or solar control outboard lite glass to match the rest of the building design and still achieve energy requirements.” Adds Sean Ross, Vetrotech’s Project Engineer, “The Vetrotech HI System provides an all-in-one, clean-looking framing and door system that doesn’t need to be protected with shutters or film, helping to alleviate additional design issues and continued maintenance considerations.”

With Design Pressure (DP) ratings of up to +/-65 psf, Vetrotech HI can handle pressure of severe hurricane wind speeds and meets the requirements of TAS 201, 202, 203, in addition to passing ASTM E1996 / 1886 / 330 / 283-99 / 331-00 and AAMA 1304-02 test standards.

To watch the testing video for Vetrotech HI, go to: http://youtu.be/w70Cw5F4p3w

Vetrotech products are also required to participate in the UL Follow-Up Service. Throughout the lifetime of a certification, UL conducts unannounced factory audits and random production sampling of certified products to assess continued compliance and to protect the integrity of UL certifications.

About Vetrotech Saint-Gobain

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is a leading producer of fire-resistant glass products with more than 30 years of experience. Our products are available worldwide through a network of local sales offices and regional production facilities. We research, develop and produce clear fire-resistant glass solutions for maximum protection of people and property; our glass combines both form and function, accommodating impact safety, multi-comfort, security and decorative features. A diverse range of product technologies and manufacturing processes makes our approach unique. It allows us to propose the most appropriate solution, and offer the full spectrum of fire resistance classifications, to meet virtually any challenge. We are continually testing and certifying our glass within our own and other fire-resistant framing systems and glazed building elements. As a result, we offer the most diverse range of applications, to be integrated perfectly alongside non fire-rated glass types. For more information about Vetrotech Saint-Gobain in North America, connect with the company on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9 billion in 2013. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012 and 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

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