4 Myths About Fire Rated Glass Floors

Fire Rated Glass Floors

What are some of the myths you have heard of about the glass floor? Easy to break? Too thin for industrial use? When it comes to glass floors, LITEFLAM fire-rated glass floor is more than just durable. In case of fire, LITEFLAM glass can trap fire and retain heat and smoke for hours.

As a global leader in fire-rated glass floor manufacturing, Greenlite Glass Systems carries a variety of fire-rated glass solutions, including LITEFLAM walkable skylights and fire-rated glass floors.

Keep reading to learn 4 myth-busting facts about LITEFLAM fire-rated glass floors:

Myth #1: Glass is Not as Strong as Wood, Steel or Concrete

A common misconception about glass floors is that they cannot support heavy loads as glass is known to crack quite easily. However, this is not the case for commercial-grade glass, including LITEFLAM.

Though LITEFLAM features a slim profile of 3.5” in overall thickness, it boasts a standard live loading capacity of 100 pounds per square foot (PSF) and can be engineered to take larger loads if required. Whether the goal is to sustain heavy loads or complement a design, LITEFLAM glass floors can easily compete with traditional floor construction.

Myth #2 Glass is a Safety Hazard

Many also believe that glass floors are slippery and not the most conducive for heavy foot traffic, thereby becoming a safety hazard. However, LITEFLAM consists of CONTRAFLAM® intumescent glass and structural glass that is laminated. The walking surface has a durable baked-on frit that is slip-resistant to prevent any slips or falls.

Aside from helping to avoid slip-and-fall accidents, LITEFLAM is also a fire-rated glass floor. This advanced glass floor system is engineered to retain and direct fire, smoke and radiant heat for up to 1-2 hours. In case of fire, the glass floor will act as a barrier to trap fire, smoke and heat which gives people enough time to evacuate the building.

Myth #3: Glass Floors Have Limited Design

A lot of people believe that it’s not possible to have both aesthetically pleasing and durable floors. That’s why LITEFLAM glass floors are engineered not only for durability and fire-resistance but also for design flexibility. Not only does the LITEFLAM conform to modern design standards, but it can also be customized with decorative colour frits and sandblasted glass, without affecting its fire rating. LITEFLAM can also be used in both interior and exterior applications.

Myth #4: Glass Floors are Susceptible to Heat Loss in the Winter

LITEFLAM is engineered with the vision to create open and light-filled areas without exacerbating the energy and operational costs of a building, particularly during the colder seasons. That’s why each glass panel can be coated with solar control coating for added solar energy access, or customized into a fritted surface to help avoid heat loss.

Additionally, the LITEFLAM features sealed insulated glass unit assemblies to trap and reflect heat back inside the building. This contributes to higher energy efficiency, as reduced heat loss prevents the building’s heating system from overworking and increasing energy bills. Not only does it conserve heat, but LITEFLAM glass floors also bring daylight deep into building interiors, creating scenic visual effects for added design.

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SUPERCONTRYX Glass For Efficient Protection Against X-ray Radiations!

An X-ray imaging test is utilized by doctors to diagnose, monitor and treat various medical conditions without making an incision. Its advantages are plentiful, though there are also added repercussions for both patients and doctors due to overexposure to the radiation, especially when the appropriate protection measures are not in place. Therefore, SUPERCONTRYX – a lead glass should be an extremely important element of your medical facility’s X-ray protection strategy as it attenuates the effect of radiations significantly.

What is SUPERCONTRYX glass?

SUPERCONTRYX is a revolutionary product from the house of Saint-Gobain Group – the world’s leading manufacturer of innovative glass solutions since its birth in 1665. With glass being deeply ingrained in its DNA, the Saint-Gobain group is on a path to establish an unmatchable reputation in the industry.

It is a single glass sheet comprised of 70% heavy elements, and lead oxide contributes to approximately 48% of that part. Its density is 4.8 at the minimum, which is near twice the density of standard glass. SUPERCONTRYX absorbs the energy of ionizing X-rays, thereby providing the utmost protection to any person exposed to that environment. It allows the technicians to clearly view imaging and radiation therapy procedures and can also be effectively put into use in modular and permanent shielding applications. Moreover, you’ll find this glass in a variety of shapes, sizes and thickness levels, depending on the exact requirements of a particular application. The thicker the glass, the higher the degree of radiation protection. The lead glass can also be laminated in order to suit the safety specifications and ensure maximum impact resistance. Standard designs are available in the form of seamed edges (consisting of rough-cut edges with all sharp edges polished), though you can also order flat ground or flat polished designs to meet your requirements.

Just the right glass choice for assorted health-care institutions!

In addition to X-ray rooms, SUPERCONTRYX glass is commonly used in laboratories and operation theatres by private and public hospitals, dentists’ offices, clinics, veterinary practices and radiology areas. Recently, it has also found its application in industries such as research centers and medical equipment manufacturers. Be it a window, door, glazed interior partition or industrial equipment, SUPERCONTRYX glass can be installed anywhere without much hassle by experienced technicians.

Pair SUPERCONTRYX with PRIVA-LITE glass!

You can combine SUPERCONTRYX with PRIVA-LITE active glass to create a glazing unit that rewards you excellent X-ray protection along with the excellent advantages that switchable glass has to offer.

Here is a brief description of PRIVA-LITE glass, various types, and the opportunities it unwraps for the creative interior designer in you:

PRIVA-LITE is a laminated glass that utilizes an innovative liquid crystal technology to provide either a transparent or translucent, frosted effect at the flick of a switch. Also known as an active or switchable glass, PRIVA-LITE comes in two types: XL and Classic that can be adapted to meet different project requirements. Although both constitute the same inherent technology, they have different properties and cannot be installed together.

The Classic option is not available in North America, though you can choose XL to achieve rear projection through the use of a multimedia projector. You can turn this glass panel into a fancy video screen to get a closer look at the sales trajectory or other critical customer data.

PRIVA-LITE XL assures an appropriate influx of sunlight in the room, conjuring an impression of a spacious area. Whether it is a rear-projection screen or a wall isolating the area from external stimuli, the benefits (both functional and aesthetic) you can gain from PRIVA-LITE XL glass are unrivalled.

Installation Guidelines

To fully enjoy the advantages of SUPERCONTRYX, it’s imperative to ensure that the design of the glazing strip and the rabbet is seamless. Ideally, it should be installed inside a building in a heated and dry environment (between 70 C to 400 C. If installed on the exteriors, it should be first laminated, with lead glass sheet facing the interior. SUPERCONTRYX glass is extremely soft and should be handled with extreme care. For cleaning, a conventional cleaner with a soft cloth will suffice.

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4 Reasons Walkable Skylights Are Better Than Artificial Lighting

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Searching for creative ways to allow more natural light into your building or design project? Look no further than LITEFLAM – Greenlite Glass Systems’ patented fire-rated glass and first-ever exterior fire-rated glass floor and walkable skylight system. Designed to take advantage of the natural light surrounding your building, LITEFLAM will meet and exceed your design expectations, working seamlessly with your existing design to create a vibrant and inviting atmosphere.

As an industry leader in North America and a reputable walkable skylights manufacturer, Greenlite carries a variety of fire-rated glass products to help take facilities like yours to the next level. Interested to learn why so many architects, designers and developers prefer utilizing skylights over artificial lighting in their projects? Keep reading about the benefits of walkable skylights below:

Great Energy Savings

In comparison to old, energy-guzzling incandescent light bulbs, walkable skylights like LITEFLAM offer incredible savings on energy bills for commercial facilities. Often installed in roof plazas and subterranean levels of buildings, walkable skylights make good use of otherwise forgotten spaces in facilities while simultaneously inviting natural light into the property.

Beyond its energy efficiency, LITEFLAM is also a cost-effective lighting solution that helps facilities like yours save on energy costs. As LITEFLAM often reduces and eliminates, the need to use artificial lighting during the day, facilities with skylights will notice a dramatic decrease in operational costs after making the switch.

Reduces Your Carbon Footprint

Help your commercial property go green this year when you implement LITEFLAM walkable skylights in your facility. Beyond simply granting you access to great savings on operational costs, walkable skylights can also help facilities like yours reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Thanks to LITEFLAM’s ability to capture and make good use of natural light, your facility will no longer be dependant on artificial light sources. In turn, this dramatically reduces the amount of energy your building consumes. When your business consumes less energy, it also creates less greenhouse gas emissions that impact climate change–a positive step towards protecting our environment.

Aesthetically Pleasing

On top of helping your facility reduce its carbon footprint, LITEFLAM walkable skylights also offer tremendous design flexibility to architects, developers and designers. Unlike artificial light sources that come in the same standard designs, LITEFLAM walkable skylights are highly customizable and can be tailored to meet your building or project’s existing aesthetic.

Featuring a slim profile of 3.5” in overall glass thickness, LITEFLAM can be customized with decorative colour frits and sand-blasted glass to add a splash of personality to your building. Not sure if or how you should customize your walkable skylights? Contact Greenlite Glass Systems, your innovative walkable skylights manufacturer to discuss your options.

Helps Maintain Indoor Temperatures Year-Round

Enhance the comfort of your occupants while simultaneously reducing your energy bills with LITEFLAM. Beyond adding aesthetic value to your facility, LITEFLAM also features unique solar coating options for supplementary solar control.

Gone are the days of fluctuating temperatures in your building as a result of the sun, rain and snow. With LITEFLAM, your building can now easily stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter thanks to its unique solar coating features.

 

 

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Benefits Of Having Fire Rated Glass Floors

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Every year, we see more and more commercial and residential properties invest in Fire-Rated Glass Floor Systems like LITEFLAM. Designed to allow natural light deep into the building, LITEFLAM helps modern architects effortlessly create a vibrant and inviting atmosphere. Contributing to your building’s overall aesthetic, LITEFLAM allows for design flexibility without compromising the safety and durability of its structure.

Looking to enhance the safety of your building while conserving energy and cutting down operational costs with LITEFLAM? Then keep reading to learn more about the benefits associated with fire-rated glass floors:

Protects Against Fire & Impact

LITEFLAM is an advanced fire-rated glass floor system that is both impact-resistant and fire-rated for assemblies of up to 1 or 2 hours depending on the model. Serving as the exterior glazed system insulated glass assembly for North America, LITEFLAM utilizes technology that is unparalleled in the industry. In the case of an emergency, the fire-rated glass floor system acts as a firestop, creating a barrier against the fire and smoke while also protecting against radiant and conductive heat transfer within the building.

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Allows For Freedom Of Design

Offering extraordinary design flexibility, LITEFLAM presents the modern architect with limitless possibilities. Developed with a vision to create open, light-filled spaces that allow for natural light penetrate deep into the building, LITEFLAM is designed to help deliver an effortlessly vibrant and inviting atmosphere.

Equipped with a slim profile of 3.5” in overall glass thickness, the modular system enables design creativity for architects while also ensuring security and durability for tenants. The state-of-the-art fire-rated glass floor system can be customized and used as both a standalone statement piece or alternatively used as a system that creates uniformity with your building’s existing design.

Specially optimized to allow for customizations such as decorative colour frits and sandblasted glass, users can rest assured knowing that personalizations as such can be added without compromising LITEFLAM’s outstanding fire-rating.

Helps Conserve Energy

Implementing fire-rated glass floors does more than providing architects with design flexibility–it also allows your operational costs to decrease as systems like LITEFLAM allow for and encourage natural sunlight to penetrate deep into the building’s interior. To support the increased usage of daylight to illuminate the building, LITEFLAM also features:

  • solar control coatings

  • a fritted surface for added solar control, and

  • sealed insulated glass unit assembly for low emissivity and better thermal performance

Additionally, when the heat tries to escape your building this winter, LITEFLAM’s low emissivity coating will work to reflect the heat back inside, conserving energy while reducing the chances of radiant heat loss.

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Ensure The Safety Of Your Tenants

On top of being fire-resistant, fire rated glass floors like LITEFLAM are also reputably known for their durable, non-slip walking surface which further assures the safety of your tenants. Unlike traditional wax floors which can become very slippery if not properly cared for, LITEFLAM consists of contraflam intumescent glass – a tempered laminated walking surface that guarantees grip and slip resistance.

Additionally, LITEFLAM comes readily equipped with a standard live loading of up to 100psf and can be engineered to take on higher loads if required. Having undergone thorough testing and inspection, LITEFLAM has met and exceeded its safety expectations and is confidently listed with the UL Underwriter Laboratories and SwRI Southwest Research Institute Laboratories.

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Commercial Fire Safety Glass: Is It a Hot Commodity for Architects in 2019?

By 2024, the global fire resistant glass market will break through the $7.28 (USD) billion mark!

 

With such massive revenues, the commercial fire safety glass industry is on a tremendous upswing and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. But what does this mean for architects, designers, engineers, city planners and building safety inspectors?

 

 

More importantly, is this glass a feasible investment or just another passing fad?

 

A Great Fire Safety Plan Consists of 3 Main Elements

Detection

In a fire emergency, every second count. Detection gadgets are activated in the incidence of fire and act as a red flag to suggest that the indoor temperatures have risen above the accepted average, indicating a possibility of risk. They serve to warn occupants of the dangers close at hand. One of the most common detection devices is fire alarms, which include sensitive machinery that can even detect spot-type heat spikes and consequently trigger the alarm.

Suppression

Once the fire is detected, it’s time for your safety plan to spring into action. Suppression devices are instrumental in diffusing the threat as effectively as possible. These run the gamut from fire extinguishers to sprinklers, with the latter being automatically activated when it senses a temperature spike.

In many cases, simply having the above two tactics in place isn’t enough. There’s one major component that your fire safety plan is missing.

Compartmentalization

The best firefighter is resistive fire-rated safety glass. It does the often overlooked and unbelievably important job of compartmentalizing the fire, smoke, and radiant heat and keeping damages to a minimum.

Resistive fire-rated glass is a powerful ally in life safety. Ordinary glass is not nearly as rigid as required and will crack when faced with challenging temperatures. Resistive fire-rated glass, conversely, is engineered to tolerate temperatures that soar as high as 1700°F and these remain fire-rated for 60 to 120 minutes.

 

Commercial Fire-Rated Glass Offers Immense Protection

Commercial resistive fire safety glass is an integral component in construction, one that protects occupants and possessions from the hazards of a structural fire outbreak. Fire aside, even the smoke and radiant heat from a fire can result in significant dollar losses, not to mention fatalities. As you’re aware, fire travels quickly and is fueled by the availability of combustible materials in close proximity.

 

The resistive fire-rated glass acts as a barrier to block radiant heat, fire, and smoke from travelling within the enclosure, and essentially compartmentalizes the damage. That way, occupants will be able to safely chart out an egress route and firefighters are given more time to respond to emergencies.

 

Apart from its pragmatic aspects, resistive fire-rated glass also lends itself well to the visual appeal of the enclosure. How so? Well, it allows plenty of natural daylight to flood into the enclosure, creating a warm and vibrant atmosphere.

 

Fire-Protective Glass: This stops fire and smoke (but not radiant heat) from moving between different rooms or levels in your facility. There is still a danger of items spontaneously combusting when exposed to radiant heat, even if the glass separates these items from the fire.

 

Fire-Resistive Glass: This impedes the movement of fire, smoke, and radiant heat and is the most comprehensive commercial safety glass. It is created from multiple glass layers divided by intumescent resin sublayers.

 

Is laminated glass fire rated? Laminated glass can also be engineered with fire-rating properties so that it passes the required safety parameters. Moreover, the laminated facade enables it to provide added security against forced entry.

 

Is tempered glass fire resistant? Absolutely. Tempered glass is expertly designed and extensively tested to tolerate temperatures in excess of 450°F. They are more robust than annealed glass of the same size and thickness. Because of this impressive thermal strength, tempered glass is one of the leading safety glass options in the industry. However, it can break easily from thermal shock.

 

Updated Building Safety Codes: Are You Compliant?

Because of its propensity to protect, resistive fire-rated glass has become a mandatory component in municipal building safety codes. These regulations also specifically detail where and how it is to be used.

Ordinary glass has low-tolerance and low-resistance – two factors that can be life-threatening when a structural fire is concerned. This is why updated building safety regulations have eliminated the use of conventional wired glass, particularly in hazardous areas such as sidelights, doors, balconies, stairwells, windows closer to the floor, and egress areas.

 

Fire-Safety Glass is Used Extensively in These Industries

Fire-rated safety glass is our lifeline in 2019. The scope of its application is growing to make this glass a hot commodity in a variety of industries.

The marine industry has found immense use in this glass, particularly because it provides fire safety and impact safety. The need for fireproof cabins on ships in naval and commercial applications is one of the major drivers that necessitate such an investment.

Automotive manufacturers aren’t far behind in the bid to invest in commercial fire-safety glass. Consumers have expressed a demand to have their vehicles reinforced with the proper safety standards. As such, these demands will substantially elevate the integration of fire safety glass in all aspects of the consumer experience, not just their cars.

Nothing accentuates the importance of safety more than hospitals and medical facilities. These buildings must adhere to the strictest federal safety requirements to keep occupants as far away from risk as possible. Since these institutions witness heavy traffic at all hours of the day, building safety codes have incorporated very specific construction and layout parameters that must be abided by.

Transit facilities, much like hospitals, also witness a tremendous amount of foot traffic, perhaps even more so. Apart from the vehicles that are responsible for transporting passengers, the stations and terminals themselves must also incorporate fire safety glass.

These provide impressive fire rating properties, seismic resistance and live loading for foot traffic as well as waterproofing to mitigate associated risks.

Commercial enterprises like high-rises, corporate offices, shopping malls, and warehouses also find great use in fire safety glass, owing to the fact that the house occupants as well as valuable items that, if damaged, will result in huge dollar losses.

Apart from protecting those involved from radiant heat, fire, and smoke, fire safety glass also ushers in plenty of natural lighting, thereby reducing the carbon emissions produced by artificial lighting.

 

Are You Missing Out on the Benefits of Fire-Rated Safety Glass?

This glass is instrumental in protecting your possessions and your property from a fire outbreak. Moreover, it also affords impressive insulation properties that keep your interiors comfortable throughout the year.

LITEFLAM is a proprietary fire-rated glass system engineered by Greenlite. Used since 2006 and incorporated in over 100 projects worldwide, this advanced glass floor system has fire-ratings from 1 to 2 hours – the only exterior glazed system with an insulated glass assembly for North America.

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