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Open, Inviting & Safe – Designing Secure Buildings

Glazing Assemblies Tested to Resist Forced Entry, Bullets, Blasts and Radiant Heat

Security glazing is not yet mandated by the model building codes. Instead, there is a tapestry of security glazing test standards that have evolved over time. Assemblies are tested to standards in three categories: forced entry, ballistic, and blast. Innovations by glazing manufacturers have produced glazing assembly options that not only resist forced entry, bullets, or blasts, but also protect buildings and occupants from fire, radiant heat and impact while providing aesthetic and environmental benefits associated with the use of glass. Read more…

Case Study: Fire & Security Glazing Used in New Orleans Detention Center

Plaquemines Parish Deten- tion Center was one of the major structures devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In rebuilding, designers L. R. Kimball reached out to SAFTIFIRST for fire and security rated glazing options. They wanted the glazing system to provide clear, wire-free lines of sight for supervisors to observe the inmates while still providing secure separation, physical containment and protection against forced entry and ballistic attack. And, because the glazing was in located in paths of egress and control rooms, the assemblies had to be fire resistive. Read more…