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Periodically we will be editing the website to add additional information, links, features and notices.

Among the additional information and features scheduled to be added are:

  • Information on Code requirements relating to Fire Rated Glazing
  • Comparison guide on popular fire rated glazing products
  • Select details on specialty fire rated glazing systems
  • and more

Below are linked recent newsletters sent to glazing contractors on our mailing list. All content is copyrighted.

As part of a scheduled update, the website will be adding additional resources and these will be available in different formats. The next stage is scheduled for winter of 2016, and will feature some additional sections.


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June 2012 Newsletter edition

October 2012 Newsletter edition

January 2013 Newsletter Issue

The 2014 Florida Building Code edition is in the current edition in effect, with the 6th edition (2017) scheduled to update requirements with an effective date of December, 2017, based on the latest Florida Building Commission information. There are changes affecting various requirements including glazing standards, and will further refine requirements and add additional considerations in designs.

To order a hard copy of the new Code you may wish to visit the BOAF (Building Officials Association of Florida) website, http://www.boaf.net/, and download the order form. If you wish you may also visit the ICC website, http://www.iccsafe-org/, which also gives you a platform to order the new Code in hard copy and electronic download formats, once these are released.

All fire rated glazing and systems must be tested, listed and labeled, with all glazing also required to meet CPSC 16 CFR Part 1201 safety glazing requirements when used in hazardous locations, as defined by the Code and federal standards. No exemptions are available, and some products, such as listed wire glass products are also limited in the area and ratings where they may be used. In addition all rated assemblies where ratings above forty-five minutes are required must meet the ASTM E119 or UL 263 testing requirements.

The update of the Code also incorporates the NFPA standard which codifies that all "active" systems and fire rated hardware be maintained and inspected on an annual basis. In addition certain additional occupancy use and clarifications on definitions and ASCE-7 regional wind maps are incorporated.

For assistance on questions on what systems may comply with the updated requirements please contact us.

System information including details in PDF and CAD format are available on the manufacturer's website as we move to a more timely means of delivering information to designers and other construction team members. We suggest you use the link to their websites for this data.

Were you aware that we can offer you a number of systems in both steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, including curtain wall designs? The systems are rated for interior use, some for exterior use, and fulfill needs in several categories.

Contact us for further information and assistance to meet your needs.

To address the need for designers, glazing contractors and other interested parties to understand the effects of the 2014 Florida Building Code on the fire rated glazing segment of the typical project, our firm in conjunction with Aluflam North America is offering a seminar on this subject. The particulars are:

  • One hour session held at your location
  • Can be scheduled as a breakfast, lunch or late afternoon session (appropriate refreshments are provided at no cost)
  • Session accredited by AIA CES as meeting continuing education requirements for architects; credit may be recognized by other Boards for licensed professions in construction and design
  • Handouts can supplied
  • Generic approach with product specific information covering most popular industry solutions
  • Practical suggestions to meet a variety of applications

The requirements are:

  • Appropriate size meeting room with A/C, seating, tables, lighting, power and screen for presentation
  • Room to be available 30 minutes prior to and after scheduled seminar time slot
  • Meeting minimum group size
  • Scheduled in advance

We are currently scheduling sessions for  the late summer and fall of 2016, so contact us for available dates and an outline of key points to be covered in the presentation. Additional session topics are being added in the coming months.