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Aluminum Fire Rated Systems

Aluminum fire rated systems?

Available; Competitively Priced; Tested, Listed and Labeled.

Fully Code compliant - Meets 2012 and 2015 editions of the International Building Code and 2014 Florida Building Code





Customized frame and glass options

Butt glazed wall application

Samples of some of the most requested systems featuring different applications and options.



These aluminum fire rated systems are performance tested to meet the higher and tougher requirements mandated by the Code under ASTM E-119. This allows designs with larger rated glass areas, in almost cases in excess of 25% wall area.

Why may you have a need? 

Under the recent Code editions, section 715 or 716, depending on the edition date, requires that any assembly requiring a rating in excess of forty-five minutes must meet the requirements under ASTM E119. 

How does this differ from say the common Hollow Metal systems widely used for a number of years?

Under ASTM E119 you must design for the systems to meet the requirement of integrity during the fire as well as control of the radiant heat energy. The system must dampen the heat given off from the fire from freely passing through the framing, door and glass from the fire to the non-fire side. This requires:

  • Framing and door sections to be of an insulated style to control this heat and minimize any transfer
  • Use glass, commonly referred to as laminated intumescent, as a component to also allow normal clear view and, in case of fire, to also minimize such heat transfer 
  • Employ special fire rated hardware, tested with the framing and doors, to fit into and operate properly with the sections
  • Test all components, fixed framing, door frames, doors, glass and hardware, together as a System

The standard requires not only the testing, but that such systems be independently listed, under continuous inspection service, and be permanently labeled to show compliance with the standard, its rating and application. This allows for ease of selection and inspection in the field.


Conventional hollow metal fixed frames and non-insulated doors are not designed to meet the ASTM E119 standard and are limited by Code to applications requring a rating of forty-five minutes or less AND are limited to a maximum area of 25% or less of the wall area. 


To meet the various needs of designers and owners for aesthetic looks and Code compliance, systems from Aluflam North America cover rating levels from twenty minutes to two hours, allowing multiple options at competitive pricing.

Contact us for your questions, special glass and hardware options. 

Hollow metal frames for use as sidelights, transoms and borrowed frames can carry ratings of up to 45 minutes as most do not meet the temperature rise requirements under the Code. For specifics please consult the listing for the products being considered for doors, framing and glazing into them.

The proprietary system by Aluflam North America features an aluminum extrusion with insulation core allowing ratings of up to one hour for a flush glazed system, and a curtain wall system option with ratings up to two hours.

The factory fabricated system allows for maximum factory assembly, lower field costs and assembly issues, and eliminates achieving an aluminum look via applied cladding.

All systems are tested to requirements under ASTM E119, UL listed and labeled. Sold as systems, which include framing, doors, door hardware and rated glass, this minimizes any issues with compatibility, assures the use of high quality components, and eases coordination and specifications.

The look for the standard system is one of a conventional flush glaze storefront with a wide range of finish options including clear and color anodized, as well as standard and Kynar painted finishes. Installation is very familiar and the doors are prepared for finish hardware, with the hardware being supplied as part of the door package. Glass is shipped separate for field installation after doors and frames are installed.

The curtain-wall system offers one and two hour rated versions with a various depths to allow for varying applications. Used in interior and exterior applications, the aluminum design also offers finishing in clear and color anodized, as well as standard paint and Kynar finishes. Doors carry ratings of sixty and ninety minutes with several hardware options. The systems are furnished with matching rated glazing as part of the package allowing for one-stop sourcing.

Doors up to 6080 are available with up to a one hour rating, and up to 7080 with ninety minute ratings.

Typical configurations such as fixed transom, sidelights and borrowed frames are available to meet project needs, as well as butt-glazing in select sizing. Due to the fabrication techniques used, field assembly and fitting is kept to a minimum, allowing for lower field labor costs and making the system competitive with conventional hollow metal systems, giving you a different and more pleasing look, and a solution over rated steel insulated systems where ratings of one hour and above are required. (Code mandates systems to meet ASTM E119 where the assembly rating is greater than forty-five minutes).

While this system with various options are geared towards interior applications, exterior options can be supplied with certain limitations. For applications in Florida, the system is not currently listed by FBC for exterior envelope use (Check in the near future for update).

For further information. use of special hardware including security and card access, and budget costing contact us.

CAD details and specifications can be accessed on their website, http://www.aluflam-usa.com/.

Aluflam North America Link to Details and Specifications

Rated pair of doors with clear anodized finish