International Building Code (IBC) changes go into effect in January
A Pilkington-issued news release this week reminds readers that recent changes
in the International Building Code (IBC) regulations require fire rated glass
to be labeled according to the glazing application. According to the news release,
the new code changes were suggested by Pilkington and will become part of the
2006 edition of the IBC, which goes into effect January 1, 2006.
Use of this new labeling system will permit building code officials and fire
marshals to determine at a glance whether a fire rated glass is proper for the
Pilkington cites the example of labels on the glass with the letters W, O and
D indicating the glass can be used as a fire rated wall, in openings or door applications.
The letter T indicates the product meets the temperature rise criteria, the letter
H indicates the product passes the hose stream test and finally, the fire rating
is indicated in minutes (60 minute fire resistance).
Pilkington's fire protection glass is produced in Germany and is warehoused
and assembled for the North American market at the Pilkington facility in Toledo,
Ohio. For more information visit our website at www.pilkington.com/fire.