The appearance of our products may be similar to traditional windows and doors, but the performance requirements are very different.

Fire rated screens and doors can be utilised for a number of scenarios to control the spread of smoke and fire in buildings. The performance and protection that these offer, combined with the aesthetic, durability and cost effective pricing, delivers a powerful package.

Typical applications for our fire rated glazing products include:

  • compartmentation
  • boundary protection
  • protecting means of escape

Fire Rated Glass

Traditional glass has high thermal conductivity and expansion, offering low levels of fire protection. The glass and glazing industry has subsequently undertaken technical research and testing of specialist glazing that is suitable for resisting fire.

Individual products have a well-defined scope of application, based on technologies used and quality controls in manufacture, to ensure appropriate functionality and reliable performance.

In addition, traditional safety glasses are specifically not suitable for the purposes of fire applications due to the susceptibility of failure due to thermal shock (unless specific precautions for this are taken).

The extensive development and testing of products to understand how they perform in fire conditions has resulted in limited options for the application required. This does mean that product manufacturers have a good level of understanding and predictability around product performance for specific fire situations.

The resulting product specifications and performance classifications can offer users a high level of confidence that products will be fit for their intended purpose.

The building regulations require that fire-resisting doors and windows that are to be installed in the vertical separating elements within a building should be designed and constructed in such a way, that in case of fire:

  • Prevent the fire from spreading
  • Limit the spread of fire and smoke in the building to other rooms and zones
  • Limit the spread of fire to other buildings
  • Allow the evacuation of building occupants by limiting the level of heat radiation
  • Ensure safety and facilitate the operation of emergency crews

The required fire resistance will be dependent on the building size and usage as highlighted in the fire strategy. Performance is classified by the length of time and the type of performance required as described below.

E - Integrity

  • No flames
  • No smoke
  • High temperature

Integrity (E) is the ability of a component or construction to maintain the integrity of the element on one side only, without spreading the fire to a non-heated side as a result of penetration of flames or hot gases.

EW – integrity and radiation reduction

  • No flames
  • No smoke
  • Lower thermal radiation

Reduction of radiation (W) is the ability of a component or construction to maintain the integrity of the element on one side only, to reduce the likelihood of fire spreading that may result from significant thermal radiation or through an element, or from its non-heated surface to adjacent materials.

EI – integrity and insulation

  • No flames
  • No smoke
  • High temperature insulation

Insulation (I) is the ability of a component or construction to maintain the integrity of the element on one side only, without spreading the fire as a result of a significant heat flow from a heated side to a non-heated side. During the fire, the construction on the non-heated side reaches a temperature of not more than +140°C up to +180 °C.