With 80% of the US adopting the 2012 and 2015 IBC, ceramics and other fire protective glazing in 60 and 90 minute temperature rise doors are limited to 100 square inches regardless if the building is fully sprinklered. If you are specifying or installing TGP’s Designer Series Doors in these applications, you may be in violation of the code – especially in 90 minute temperature rise door locations.
For a handful of states that are still in the 2006 and 2009 IBC, note that the Designer Series Door may not always be code-compliant. Besides, is only a matter of time before these states adopt the 2012 or 2015 IBC. In the meantime, architects, glaziers and owners can start protecting building occupants now by specifying and purchasing 60-90 minute doors that always meet the temperature rise requirements for these critical areas.
The bulletins below explain the code requirements for 60 and 90 minute temperature rise doors in the 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015 IBC. Having non-compliant products installed in these critical applications puts the project and the safety of building occupants at risk, as well as exposes the architect, owner and installer to liabilities.
What states are on the 2012 and 2015 IBC?
Includes AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV and WY as of June 2017.
What states are on the 2006 and 2009 IBC?
Includes HI, IL, KS, ME, MA, NH, NC, PA, TX and WI as of June 2017.
Does the Designer Series Door meet temperature rise requirements?
No. The Designer Series door is a hollow metal steel door, and there is no test or listing that shows that this door meets temperature rise requirements. As stated in Designer Series Framing data sheet, “This product is not intended for use in locations requiring a barrier to heat, as it does not meet test standards ASTM E-119 or UL 263.”
Is the Designer Series Door available in aluminum?
No. This door is made of hollow metal steel frames, and only available in limited finishes. It cannot be anodized or clad with aluminum, and will not match the profiles or look of aluminum storefront.
The Designer Series Door is often packaged with TGP’s Aluminum Series Framing. Architects who are expecting an aluminum door when selecting the Aluminum Series Framing System (which currently does not include doors) should double-check which door is being supplied with it.
What products can I use in 60-90 minute temperature rise door applications that always meets code (regardless if the building is fully sprinklered) and allows exceeding 100 square inches in the vision area?
SAFTI FIRST has two, USA-made, code-compliant options that you can choose from:
• GPX Builders Series Temperature Rise Doors with SuperLite II-XL 60 or 90 glazing – insulated steel door that meets the 450 degree F temperature rise criteria. Available in standard and custom finishes including high performance fluoropolymer finishes by PPG, stainless steel, and more. Offered with standard and custom hardware packages.
• GPX Architectural Series Fire Resistive Doors with SuperLite II-XL 60 or 90 glazing– fire resistive aluminum door that meets the 250 degree F temperature rise criteria. Available in standard and custom finishes including clear anodized, bronze anodized, black anodized, high performance fluoropolymer finishes by PPG, ornamental metal, wood veneer, and more. Offered with standard and custom hardware packages.
If you have any questions or would like assistance on any current or future projects, please don’t hesitate to contact your local SAFTI FIRST architectural representative or call us toll-free at 888.653.3333.