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The Future of Fire-Rated Glass and Framing

A look at the top five innovations in fire-rated glass and framing, and how they are providing aesthetic and code-compliant design solutions

Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Technical Glass Products (TGP)
Presented by James Wharton
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the differences between fire-protective and fire-resistive glass and framing.
  2. Describe five main innovations in fire-resistive glass and framing, and how they are expanding design freedom in areas with stringent fire and life-safety code requirements.
  3. Discuss performance, fire-rated building codes, and how innovative fire-resistive glazing products can help meet more stringent codes, particularly NFPA testing standards and 2015 IBC.
  4. Identify misconceptions and potential misuse of fire-resistive glazing products, and discuss solutions to ensure maximum benefits.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
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.

This course will primarily focus on fire-resistive glass and framing, their performance, how they help meet stringent safety codes, and ways in which five of the latest innovations—narrow-profile fire-rated frames, versatile cover caps and finishes, structural silicone-glazed (SG) fire-rated curtain walls, butt-glazed fire-rated glass walls, and fire-rated glass floor systems—are changing the future of fire-rated glass and framing from both safety and aesthetic standpoints.

Photo of the Fulton Center Transit Hub.

Photo courtesy of Technical Glass Products (TGP)

Narrow fire-resistive frames combine fire safety and style at the Fulton Center.

James Wharton James Wharton, Territory Account Manager, represents Technical Glass Products (TGP) in New York, New Jersey, and all of New England. James has been with TGP for ten years and has successfully worked with numerous architects, building owners, and subcontractors from development of schematic design through installation.

TGP logo. Technical Glass Products (TGP) is the recognized leader in the fire-rated glass and framing field, along with specialty architectural glass products. The company offers AIA-registered continuing education, project consultation and more.

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