York State Education Department Issues Wired Glass Advisory
The New York State Education Department (NYSED), in its March 2006 Office of
Facilities Planning newsletter, issued an advisory on the use of
wired glass in educational facilities.
The advisory comes after the NYSED researched the 2003 International
Building Code (IBC), which will soon be adopted by New York State
as the statewide building code. NYSED learned that the 2003 IBC
requires all glazing in impact areas in educational occupancies
to be impact resistant.
"New York State will soon adopt this provision and new installations
of glazing in hazardous locations in schools will be required to
be impact-resistant," stated the NYSED. "There are several
fire-rated and impact-resistant glazing options available today
and school districts and architects should research the advantages
and disadvantages of all options. Wired glass will not be an available
Faced with the decision of what to do with existing wired glass
installations, the NYSED is strongly recommending that all existing
wired glass locations be evaluated for potential impact and injury.
Some of the options being considered include impact- and fire-resistant
materials, specialty films and installing protective bars and railings.