New 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 application.

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

No reproduction, in print, electronic or any form without the expressed written permission of
Key Communications Inc. 540-720-5584.