SAFTI FIRST® Now Has NFRC ACE Individual to Help Architects Design Fire Rated, Energy-Efficient Fenestration Systems

ByDiana S
| September 7, 2017

SuperLite II-XL is now approved by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

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Diana San Diego
888.653.3333 ext. 756



BRISBANE, CA (September 7, 2017) – SAFTI FIRST®, leading USA-manufacturer of advanced fire glass and framing systems, is pleased to announce that its SuperLite II-XL glazing and GPX Framing have been approved by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Component Modeling Approach (CMA) program. The SuperLite II-XL 45, 60, 90 and 120 fire resistive glazing in both clear tempered and Starphire Low-Iron make-ups and GPX Framing up to 2 hours can now be downloaded as glazing and framing components in the Component Modeling Approach Software Tool (CMAST) database. This makes SAFTI FIRST the first and only fire rated glass and framing manufacturer to have approved glazing and framing components in the CMAST database.

This enables architects and builders to simulate the U-factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and Visual Light Transmission (VLT) of exterior fire resistive window/wall assemblies that incorporate SuperLite II-XL, GPX Framing and any other glazing or spacer component available in the CMAST database. This allows them to design energy-efficient, NFRC certified fenestration systems that meet the most stringent fire rated requirements. SAFTI FIRST® will also have an Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) individual to assist in this process.

Per the NFRC’s Frequently Asked Questions on CMA, California has approved CMA for Title 24 compliance purposes for non-residential and residential high-rise (four habitable stories or greater) site built fenestration. Other states that reference NFRC 100 for U-Factor and NFRC 200 for SHGC and VLT will benefit from using CMA to generate ratings. ASHRAE 90.1 references NFRC 100 and 200, and is referenced in a majority of states as their commercial building energy code.

SAFTI FIRST® is constantly striving to provide the architectural community with more tools to make the integration of fire resistive glass and framing into the overall building envelope easier,” says Tim Nass, VP of National Sales at SAFTI FIRST. “With our products being available in CMAST, designers, specifiers and building owners are assured that every facet of their building design meets or exceeds fire rated code requirements, aesthetic intent and energy performance levels established and expected for their building.”

SAFTI FIRST®’s exterior fire rated systems are fully vetted for exterior performance with static & dynamic water pressure testing, air infiltration testing, thermal cycling & condensation evaluation, and structural, seismic and interstory displacement testing. It has also been tested to hurricane requirements, earning UL Certifications, Florida Product Approvals and Texas Department of Insurance Approvals. It can be engineered to meet blast, ballistic and other security requirements as well.

For more information on our complete line of fire rated glass and framing products, visit or call us toll-free at 888.653.3333.


SAFTI FIRST® Fire Rated Glazing Solutions ( has been serving the architectural and building communities and is the recognized leader in manufacturing fire rated glass and framing for over 35 years. As the premier source for fire rated glazing, SAFTI FIRST® was the first to introduce transparent fire rated walls to the U.S. market. Our SuperLite™ product line, fire rated from 20 minutes to 3 hours, includes fire resistive tempered units (SuperLite II-XL and SuperLite II-XLB), fire resistive multilaminates (SuperLite II-XLM), fire resistive security glazing (SuperSecure II-XLS), specialty tempered glass (SuperLite I and I-XL), safety ceramics (PYRAN Platinum F and L by SAFTI FIRST®), safety wired glass (SuperLite I-W) and specialty fire protective (SuperLite X-45/60/90). SuperLite products can protect against noise, attack, impact, bullets, blast, hurricane and UV rays, and are available in many custom architectural make-ups, including butt-glazed and enhanced energy performance applications. GPX Framing is fire rated up to 2 hours and can be used in doors, openings, storefronts, curtain wall and floor applications and available in multiple architectural finishes. GPX Framing can also be customized protect against attack, impact, bullets, blast and hurricane. Our products are manufactured in the U.S. for fast lead times. For more information, call 888.653.3333.

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