August 11, 2011
In an interview with Glass Magazine contributor Max Perilstein, Devin Bowman, national sales manager for Technical Glass Products, discusses the latest developments in fire-rated glass products and applications, and the related code improvements he believes are necessary. Max Perilstein: First off, tell me about you. Where did you go to college and how did you get in our industry?Devin...
February 7, 2011
The basics: Recognizing the need to modernize Brooklyn's Engine Company 239 fire station to meet the fire-fighting requirements of the 21st century, the New York City Department of Design and Construction hired Beyhan Karahan & Associates of New York City to renovate the long-standing building, while preserving its historic character. One challenge the architects faced was how to provide...
Advent of fourth surface coatings offers safety and performance
December 6, 2010
The result of a fourth surface coating is significantly enhanced U-values that can help meet energy codes across the country and an outboard laminated lite that offers superior fallout protection.
Debate continues regarding use of hose stream test
December 1, 2007
According to a United States Fire Administration’s congressional report, the rate of fire related deaths per capita in the United States is two to three times that of several European nations and is at least 20 percent higher than most developed countries. For a country that still has one of the worst fire safety records in the industrialized world, equating safety with a glazed...
December 1, 2006
Glass hazards often represent a significant component of the risk to personnel during a terrorist explosives attack. Whether from a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device or hand-placed explosive charges, blast pressures can overwhelm conventional glazing and result in hazardous glass fragments in occupied areas. Injuries from glass include lacerations and serious injuries from less obvious...
Architects’ desire to bring daylight deep into office buildings fosters floor-to-ceiling glass walls
October 1, 2006
Dilbert would agree: Floor-to-ceiling glass walls can revolutionize office life, ignite the shopping impulse in the most parsimonious people and expose residents to beautiful vistas throughout vacation homes. At least two such fire-rated systems distributed in the United States—the Vision 60 System from AFG Industries Inc. in Kingsport, Tenn., and InterEdge Technologies of Sausalito,...
Professionals outside the industry laud the move
October 1, 2006
Relax. Kick back. Enjoy the International Building Code’s new marking system for fire-rated glazing. It’s going to make your life a lot easier. That’s what some people familiar with the new marking system say. Let’s begin at Undewriters Laboratories. According to Bob Berhinig, principal engineer at UL’s Northbrook, Ill., facility, UL encourages use of the system as a...
August 1, 2006
Explosive terrorist attacks during the last 13 years have made counter-terrorism a national priority. Protection goes beyond the high-profile news of detection, interdiction and military action. The mission of protecting civilians from building hazards has officially expanded from fire safety and mitigation of natural disasters to include intentional attack, particularly with explosive devices....
April 1, 2006
Remodeling the Charles E. Bennett Federal Building in Jacksonville, Fla., was no easy feat. In addition to needing updated heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and electrical systems, new tenant office spaces and a rehabilitated façade, 1,300 leaking windows needed replacing. Updating the structure did not end there. Today, federal buildings, possible targets for terrorist activity, come...
February 1, 2006
Confusion reigns when it comes to fire-rated glass, its technical properties and performance. Though I’ve been the North American marketing and advertising manager for Vetrotech Saint-Gobain Corp. of Auburn, Wash., for more than a year now, I still get “glazed” trying to figure them out. The criteria run on endlessly: model codes, test standards, wired glass, intumescents...