Fire Rated Glazing
Interior glazed doors and partitioning is a growing trend in a wide range of public buildings today, from commercial office interiors, schools and publics buildings and for good reason.
An array of new capabilities is possible with glazing that is fire resistant, sound suppressant, and capable of reducing heat transfer. Checkmate provide a full range of Alufire glazing solutions offering enhanced aesthetics and greater access to natural light and internal views along with bespoke solutions for designers and architects.
What is Fire Rated Glass?
Fire Rated Glass (also known as Fire Resistant Glass) is specialist glass that has been proven to provide a period of protection against fire during a Fire Resistance Test.
The degree of protection offered depends on the type of fire rated glass used but generally speaking all fire rated glass acts as a barrier to help prevent the spread of flames and smoke in the event of a fire.
Alufire Glazing from Checkmate Fire will provide a range of protection that includes protection (insulation) against the heat of a fire, smoke barrier and sound suppressant (acoustic value). The use of fire rated glass is therefore an important component in building safety.
Using energy-efficient Alufire glass from Checkmate Fire will reduce your building’s CO2 output, making your carbon footprint smaller and your building more environmentally friendly.
The Benefits of Fire Rated Glass
The options available for fire rated glass and its ability to compartmentalise and restrict fire damage makes it a fundamental part of any building’s fire safety strategy.
It can be used in a wide range of solutions, in particular it offer great benefit when used for areas which are designed to provide a safe exit / access route in the event of a fire and to help prevent the spread of fire throughout a building (reducing structural damage).
Not all glass is the same
Whilst fire rated glass may look much the same as any other type of glass this is simply not the case.
Glass without an official Fire Protection Rating will offer no protection against fire and will not comply with strict Building Regulations requirements. Even other specialist glass such as Safety Glass will provide little or no protection against fire. Only fire rated glass is capable of withstanding the temperatures reached during a fire and it is rigorously tested to ensure that the period of protection offered can be relied upon.
All doors, windows and partitions meet EN standards related to smoke control and can achieve fire resistances ranging form 15 to 120 minutes. Alufire products also achieve the highest performances in the market for acoustic insulation in interior spaces. Ideal for offices, hospitals, schools and universities, leisure centres, shopping centres, hotels and museums.
The versatility and adaptability of Alufire glazed solutions has multiple benefits in numerous settings through the wide range of solutions that allow you to design your interiors with light.
Alufire Glazing solutions from Checkmate Fire are suitable for a variety of glazed building applications requiring complimentary protection, while blending seamlessly into the architectural design.
Designing with Natural Light and Safety in Mind
Glass systems, such as the Alufire Vision Line glazing system, can be used to provide a flush glass surface by fitting individual glass panels in direct contact with each other and the resulting gap (ca. 4mm) filled with non-combustible silicone instead of the more conventional framed systems.
Due to their stability, these systems allow architects to build entire internal partitions out of glass, enabling design flexibility to create bright and highly attractive working environments, with more light and a greater feeling of space.
In environments where noise can be a distraction, Alufire is a high quality acoustic glass that offers excellent noise reduction without compromising on light transmittance. This enables workers to benefit from maximal daylight while avoiding the negative impact of potential noise pollution.
Solar control glass, such as Alufire can also be used as an attractive feature in office buildings whilst optimising natural light. A high performance glass that reflects solar radiation, Alufire provides an attractive finish that minimises the need for air conditioning, resulting in a comfortable working environment without sacrificing daylight.
Helping the planet
You can also take satisfaction in the fact that it is not only money you are saving. Using energy-efficient Alufire glass from checkmate Fire will reduce your building’s CO2 output, making your carbon footprint smaller and your building more environmentally friendly.
Comfort in the workplace is an ongoing point of focus and the maximisation of natural light can make all the difference when it comes to employee wellbeing.
In a world increasingly driven by deadlines and targets, greater emphasis than ever is being placed on reducing stress in the workplace. Exposure to natural light has been identified as one of the major sources of psychological comfort and so the windows used in commercial buildings can have a direct impact on productivity.
Alufire glass makes for high-quality partition walls and creates elegant open spaces. Glass partitions fulfil the acoustic and privacy requirements that allow for an undisturbed, focused collaboration in a stimulating work environment – a perfect design solution for buildings of all kinds. By using transparent and versatile fire-resistant glass you can enhance beautiful interior spaces with the protection level you require.
A wide range of products are complemented by smoke-free, fire doors with automatically sealing gasket on the floor. This solution is ideal for health care buildings and any other facility where safety is required for a smooth floor.
Glazed fire doors provide the aesthetical openness of ordinary door systems while protecting against threats like fire, smoke or physical attacks.
These structures meet the requirements of EN 13501-2 + A1: 2009 for smoke protection classes Sa and Sm.
We offer a range of fire rated glazed windows that are resistant to fire, gasses and smoke. Windows often need to be openable, which can pose a risk when it comes to fire or security protection. Our systems offer solutions to face this problem.
The Best Acoustic Insulation on the Market
The fire ALUFIRE systems provide the highest sound insulation in the market – Rw = 41 dB (RA1 = 41 dB, RA2 = 38 dB) – for the internal structures
and Rw = 44 dB (RA1 = 43 dB, RA2 = 40 dB) for the construction of external According to PN-EN 20140-3: 2010.
The excellent acoustics make these products ideal for hospitals, offices, conference rooms, and schools, etc.
Alufire Vision Line is the first system of fire-proof glass fire walls in the EI 30 and EI 60 fire resistance classes.
With Vision Line you can create continuous walls of glass that provide more light, less sound and fire and smoke protection.
This is the only system that provides complete fired rated glass units designed and assembled off site, certified as a complete unit and fitted as a whole by our specially trained fitters. The gap between the windows is filled with non-combustible silicone. The total width of the non-contact belt ranges from only 4 mm to 6 mm .
For comparison, other available systems are not certified as complete units and supplied as separate parts, assembled on site.
Fire protection walls can be supplemented by fire protection fire doors. Alufire, classless wooden or glass door.