Fire Rated Windows
What happens when glass windows need to be fireproof? Fire rated glazing is the way to go. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about fire rated windows.
Glass is very popular in modern construction, and of course, windows are an extremely important element of any building. But about when glass needs to be fireproof? Fire rating glazing is an excellent option.
Fire rated glazing is very versatile. It can be applied to glass windows during the manufacturing process, and in some cases, it can also be added to existing windows. This is particularly important when it comes to fireproofing heritage buildings.
Fire Rated Windows
Fireproof glazing is a special glazing that is used to make glass products such as windows, glass walls and doors, and viewing windows resistant to flames and heat. This way it is assured that the glass adheres to the fire regulations set out by the Building Code of Australia.
Where Choose Fire Rated Glass?
Windows are important in every building for their 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 windows, they retain their aesthetic qualities while adhering to BCA regulations. Large windows are becoming increasingly common in commercial, industrial and residential spaces, favoured for their both, sleek and stylish qualities.
How Do You Measure Fire Rated Glazing?
Fire rated windows are measured based on their resistance to fire and their ability to contain it.
Their ratings will usually 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 window and the capacity it has to resist fire while maintaining its structural integrity. This number is only used to rate walls (since 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).
What You Need To Know About Fire Rated Glazing
• Fire rated glazed products can be pre-fitted during manufacture or they can be assembled on site; talk to your supplier or project manager about what you require for your construction project.
• It is often recommended that fire rated glazed panels are framed by steel or timber. In some instances, this is required in order to satisfy resistance rating.
• Glass windows that have been finished with fire-rated glazing can be purchased as insulated and non-insulated glass panels; you will need to decide which is going to be best for your project, along with the type of glass you want and the desired thickness that will allow you to meet your fire safety needs.
FSE Special Purpose Doors are specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of fire windows and other fire rated glazed components across Australia. For further information, contact our office in Sydney on [email protected] or 1300 4 DOORS.