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June 13, 2022
5 Code Requirements to Consider for Fire Glazing Applications
Fire-rated glass is a building product designed to perform a specific life safety function – which is it protects people and property in the event of a fire.  Because of this, the IBC has laid out guidelines for its use and its limitations. These guidelines can be seen in Chapter 7 of the IBC.   Let...
March 4, 2022
Top 5 Fire Rated Glass Code Mistakes
Today’s selection of advanced fire rated glazing products that outperform wired glass and ceramics have allowed architects to use glazing like never before. However, the myriad of new products and applications, coupled with evolving building codes have also created a lot of confusion. This confusion can lead to costly mistakes, exposure to liabilities and a...
February 9, 2022
6 Issues to Consider When Complying with IBC Requirements
The International Building Code (IBC) ensures the safety and integrity of any building by setting layout, fortification, and material standards for industry stakeholders. IBC guidelines allow the public to safely walk into commercial, industrial, or residential facilities without the fear of it suddenly falling, tearing apart, flooding, or catching fire. Besides preventing injuries and deaths...
February 2, 2022
What Do Fire Resistance Ratings Really Mean?
At first glance, most contemporary building materials look similar. They look efficient and attractive, almost perfect for your construction needs. However, there’s another factor you need to consider when choosing materials: safety, specifically fire safety. Materials like glass can bring style and sophistication to your space, but nowadays, it’s more than just good appearances. Modern...
January 25, 2022
New Marks for Fire Rated Glazing Assemblies
You’ll inevitably come across the International Building Code (IBC) for fire rated assembly and fire rated glazing projects. The IBC table is a valuable document for contractors and architects, as it identifies the requirements for staying compliant with building codes, such as fire safety standards. IBC’s Chapter 7 is dedicated to fire and smoke protection,...
January 11, 2022
Which Version of the IBC Are You On?
Building codes and standards are crucial for any construction project. They set the guidelines for builders, ensuring that all construction and design aspects are safe, resilient, and durable. With these codes governing the establishment of your structure, you can walk safely and confidently into a building without the fear of it crumbling down or suddenly...
September 29, 2021
2021 IBC Code Changes Affecting Fire Rated Glazing
The 2021 version of the International Building Code (IBC) is now available and there are some key code changes affecting the use of fire rated glazing systems, particularly to Double Fire Walls and Energy Storage Systems in the Chapter 716 Tables. These tables outline the correct and code approved use fire rated glass – fire...
November 12, 2020
Exterior Glass Walls, Windows & Doors - Commercial & Residential Glass
When designing your exterior walls, windows, and doors, you’ll consider what material to use that’s both effective and safe. You may be wondering how to balance your aesthetic design desires with your safety and security needs. The choices you make for your exterior glass walls can define how your building, whether commercial or residential, will...
September 24, 2020
How Fire Rated Glass Meets Lot Line Requirements Without Sacrificing Design
Designers can use advanced fire rated glass technology in the building envelope near or on the lot line while improving the building’s aesthetic and performance. Fire rated glass fulfills the designer’s goals of having unobstructed views and natural light. In cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco or Boston where buildings are typically in close...
September 13, 2020
Which Version of the IBC are you on?
The International Building Code (IBC) is the foundation of the complete Family of International Codes®. It is an essential tool to preserve public health and safety that provides safeguards from hazards associated with the built environment. It addresses design and installation of innovative materials that meet or exceed public health and safety goals. What are...

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