An Overview of Glazed Fire Doors
Glazed fire doors are perfect in buildings that require the illuminating qualities of glass, yet need to adhere to the regulations set out by the BCA.
Fire doors are an integral part of every commercial building’s fire protection model, however, this does not mean you have to compromise on aesthetics.
Glass is a ubiquitous material in many modern buildings. It is bold and smooth and is becoming increasingly common in commerical, industrial and residential spaces. The solution is fire-rated glazing. The result? Glazed fire doors.
What Are Glazed Fire Doors?
Fire rated glazing is a special glazing system that is used to make doors and walls made of glass fire proof. Glass is favoured for its illuminating qualities in open spaces, allowing architects and builders to incorporate a natural light and a sense of transparency in a room. By adding fire-rated glazing to doors they retain their aesthetic qualities while adhering to the fire regulations set out by the Building Code of Australia.
How Is Fire Rated Glazing Applied?
Fire rated glazing is versatile. It can be applied to doors and walls during the manufacturing process or in some cases, it can also be added to existing buildings that already contain glass doors, walls and windows. This is particularly important when it comes to fire proofing heritage doors.
How Are Glazed Fire Doors Rated?
Glass fire doors are measured based on their resistance to fire and their ability to contain it. Ratings consist of a 3-number pattern, for example: 60/60/60 or 120/120/120
- The first number in the set refers to the structural stability of the door and the capacity it has to resist fire while maintaining its structural integrity. This number is only used to rate walls (since fire doors and windows are not considered structural elements)
- The second number in the set indicates how well the product and glazing will prohibit the spread of flames in the event of a fire; you must make sure that this rating meets the standards for your build as required by the BCA
- The last number will tell you how long the fire rated glazed product will prevent heat transfer which can result in subsequent fires (also known as insulation)
FSE Special Purpose Doors are specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of glazed fire doors and fire rated glazed components across Australia. For further information, contact our office in Sydney on [email protected] or 1300 4 DOORS.