What You Need To Know About Fire Rated Glazing

Fire rated glazing can be applied to any glass product in order to make it fire resistant. Let’s take a look at glass fire doors and other products that you can apply fire rated glazing to.

Fire Rated Glazing

Fire rated glazing is a special glazing system that is used to make glass products fire resistant – meaning you can have glass fire doors, walls and windows.

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.

Why Choose Glass?

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. It is bold and smooth and is becoming increasingly common in commerical, industrial and residential spaces.

How Do You Measure Fire Rated Glazing?

Glass fire doors are measured based on their resistance to fire and their overall 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 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).

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 doors (and other glass products) 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 glass fire doors and fire rated glazing across Australia. For further information, contact our office in Sydney on [email protected] or 1300 4 DOORS.