Revolutionary, Fully Hose Stream Rated, Optically Clear, Low Cost, 45 Minute Fire Rated Glass Product for All Applications

ByDiana S
| January 2, 2019

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SAFTI FIRST®’s new SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI are approved for glazing in all 45 minute doors, sidelites, transoms and openings in large sizes. Meets strict fire, hose stream and safety requirements without wires, tints, films or laminates. Made in the USA for fast lead times – at costs significantly less than ceramics or safety wired – with better VLT, STC and OITC performance values. UL listed and labeled. Patent-pending.

BRISBANE, CA (January 2, 2019) – SAFTI FIRST, leading USA-manufacturer of advanced fire rated glass and framing systems, with great pleasure and excitement, brings the clearest, most affordable, 45 minute fire protective glazing product available anywhere in the world to the glazing industry. The patent-pending SuperClear 45-HS (hose stream) and SuperClear 45-HS-LI (hose stream-low iron) are revolutionary new products that pass NFPA 252/257, UL 9/10B/10C and ULC/CAN4 S104/S106 for fire safety and CPSC Cat. I and II, ANSI Z97.1 Class A and B and CAN/CGSB Class A and B for impact safety.

Listed and labeled by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), 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 sq. in. (33 in. x 99-5/8 in.) and in 45 minute sidelites, transoms and openings up to a maximum clear view area of 3,880 sq. in. (42-3/4 in. x 90-3/4 in.). SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI meet all the fire, hose stream and safety requirements without the use of wires, films or laminates. Both versions are ¾” optically clear glazing. SuperClear 45-HS-LI has an approximate visible light transmission of 90%, compared to 88% for premium filmed ceramic and 85% for premium laminated ceramic. This makes SuperClear 45-HS-LI the clearest 45 minute, fire protective glazing product in the market today.

SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI also performed better in an independent, third-party acoustical lab test against filmed and laminated ceramic in standard hollow metal frames. SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI have a 37 STC/35 OITC rating in standard hollow metal framing, compared to 29 STC/28 OITC for filmed ceramic in standard hollow metal framing and 31 STC/30 OITC for laminated ceramic in standard hollow metal framing.

SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI are proudly USA-made for fast lead times and affordable pricing. Fabrication will only take days not weeks. They are priced at approximately half of filmed and laminated ceramics and are aimed to be the go-to product for glaziers.

“For years, we’ve seen a lot of product development in fire resistive glass rated 60 minutes and above, but not in fire protective glass rated 45 minutes and less, where we see most interior fire rated glazing applications,” says William O’Keeffe, President and CEO of SAFTI FIRST®. “SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI were developed because architects, door manufacturers, specifiers and building owners need to have an affordable, clear glazing product for 45 minute applications that meet all the code requirements and blend seamlessly with other clear glass in their buildings. Because these new products undergo a special process, they are extremely durable and have a better chance of surviving any type of impact compared to filmed or laminated ceramics. This characteristic significantly reduces replacement costs due to breakage over time.”

SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI are listed and labelled by UL and can be used in their listed sizes in standard hollow metal doors, frames and vision kits on the market today. SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI will be extremely competitive when used as system in SAFTI FIRST®’s own aluminum GPX Framing and the soon-to-be released, 2-1/2” profile, aluminum SNAP CAP framing. SAFTI FIRST will do additional testing for SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI in various insulated make-ups in the first quarter of 2019.

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SAFTI FIRST® Fire Rated Glazing Solutions ( has been serving the architectural and building communities and is the recognized leader in manufacturing fire rated glass and framing for over 35 years. As the premier source for fire rated glazing, SAFTI FIRST® was the first to introduce transparent fire rated walls to the U.S. market. Our comprehensive product line, fire rated from 20 minutes to 3 hours, includes fire resistive tempered units (SuperLite® II-XL and SuperLite® II-XLB), fire resistive multilaminates (SuperLite® II-XLM), fire resistive security glazing (SuperSecure® II-XLS), clear specialty fire protective glass (SuperClear® 45-HS and SuperClear® 45-HS-LI), specialty tempered glass (SuperLite® I and I-XL), safety ceramics (PYRAN Platinum F and L by SAFTI FIRST®), safety wired glass (SuperLite I-W) and specialty fire protective (SuperLite® X-45/60/90). Our fire rated glazing products can protect against noise, attack, impact, bullets, blast, hurricane and UV rays, and are available in many custom architectural make-ups, including butt-glazed and enhanced energy performance applications. GPX® Framing is fire rated up to 2 hours and can be used in doors, openings, storefronts, curtain wall and floor applications and available in multiple architectural finishes. GPX® Framing can also be customized protect against attack, impact, bullets, blast and hurricane. Our products are manufactured in the U.S. for fast lead times. For more information, call 888.653.3333.

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