Understanding How Glazing Can Impact Safety and Fire Protection

Specifying the right glass to protect schools, churches, and public buildings
 
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1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU*; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; OAA 1 Learning Hour; NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize the qualities of protective glazing and how they pertain to occupant security.
  2. Discuss the range of protective glazing products and the corresponding levels of protection that each can provide.
  3. List factors to consider when specifying security glazing and glazing systems in schools, churches, government buildings, and public spaces.
  4. Understand how codes and standards help specifiers choose the right products.
  5. Review key fire-rated glass and glazing requirements, considerations, and market trends.

This course is part of the Glass & Glazing Design Academy

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Conclusion

Protective glazing, fire-resistant glazing, and fire-protective glazing provide architects many options when specifying glass products for exterior and interior applications. Factors such as budget, potential threats, thermal performance, and daylighting are all part of the decision-making process, which is why early engagement with glass suppliers is key to maximizing product performance. Glass is an essential element in school, government, and church building design, providing occupants the health and wellness benefits associated with natural daylighting. It can also provide the safety and security occupants demand today. Regardless of your needs, the glass industry can provide a variety of customized solutions.

Jessica Jarrard is an independent writer and editor focusing on health, science, and technology. She contributes to continuing education courses and publications through Confluence Communications. www.confluencec.com

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Originally published in Architectural Record


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