The SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI, Safti First’s new monolithic, fire-protective glasses, are rated for 45 minutes, with a clarity that enhances the product’s aesthetics, says Tim Nass, vice president of sales, Safti First. SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI, the latter being the low-iron version, meet all the fire, hose stream and safety requirements without the use of wires, films or laminates, says Nass. In addition to their durability, SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI have a 37 STC/35 OITC rating in standard hollow metal framing.
The new series also features optical clarity, with a visible light transmission of 90 percent. Listed and labeled by Underwriters Laboratories, SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI can be used in 45-minute doors up to a maximum clear view area of 3,288 square inches and in 45-minute sidelites, transoms and openings up to a maximum clear view area of 3,880 square inches.
“We feel that this product will have mass appeal on various levels,” says Nass. “Certainly, the architects will appreciate the aesthetics, flexibility and the fact that it is 100 percent tested/listed and approved by code.” Owners will also appreciate the product’s clarity and ease of maintenance, as no films means the glass cannot scratch, Nass says. And, glaziers will also like the product’s durability and a short lead time courtesy of domestic manufacture at the company’s Merced, California, facility, he says.
Nass also anticipates broad application for the product, including schools and the institutional market. “We really see this product as a catch-all from door lites to sidelites/transoms and protected openings on both the interior or the exterior of the building,” he says.