It’s All About Transparency: How Fire-rated Doors and Frames Contribute to Sustainable Buildings

LEED, the Living Building Challenge, Declare Labels, the 2030 Challenge, Health and Happiness and Beauty Petals...this article on sustainability - written by Tim Weller of Allegion, explains sustainability design and how it applies to our industry.

By |2023-03-12T19:12:50-04:00November 14th, 2022|Fire Doors, Glass, Guest Post|0 Comments

Construction Specifier: Hazards of Traditional Wired Glass

(Note: If you're in the St. Louis area, there is a school security seminar coming up on July 22th, and there's still space if you want to attend.) Today's post: I haven't posted much about traditional wired glass lately, but the hazard continues to be present in existing schools and other facilities...

By |2015-10-06T08:42:32-04:00July 16th, 2015|Construction Specifier, Glass, School Security|7 Comments

WW: Shattered security – Surviving Red Lake teacher calls for change

I've written several posts about glass used in schools, and many posts about traditional wired glass (refer to the Glass tab above).  A reader recently shared the video below and although it was recorded several years ago it includes very valid information for schools to consider when addressing security.  I can't embed the video, so click the graphic to visit the news site.

By |2015-02-11T21:53:57-05:00February 11th, 2015|Glass, School Security|4 Comments

School Guard Glass

School Guard Glass is a new product that can retrofit existing 1/4" glass at a cost of about $1,000-$1,200 per full glass door lite, and it kept the testing agent at bay for 6 minutes during independent testing. What do you think?

By |2014-11-19T23:26:10-05:00November 19th, 2014|Glass, School Security|16 Comments

Breaks on Impact, by Rob Botman

It has been a while since I've posted about the hazards of traditional wired glass, but the problem has not gone away.  Although the US codes have changed, there are millions of existing pieces of this glass in schools and other buildings.  Canada has seen several lawsuits lately - 1 worth more than 5 million dollars, and what's particularly interesting is that some of the glass in question met the code requirements in place in Canada at the time of installation, but facilities may still be held liable for wired glass injuries because they should have been aware of the hazard and addressed it.  I am posting the article below with permission from the author, Rob Botman.  The article first appeared in Glass Canada, and a reprint can be downloaded by clicking here.  There is additional information about the requirements for glazing on the Glass tab above.^

By |2016-01-06T11:18:57-05:00October 9th, 2014|Glass|0 Comments

School Security in the News

If you search Google News for the words "school" and "security", the search engine will return millions of results.  There are stories about many cities, states, and school districts working on plans and funding to increase the safety and security of their schools.  There are reports about incidents at schools, and products that may help improve security.  It's tough to wade through it all.  The following articles address the topic with a slightly different focus.

By |2017-05-25T15:41:29-04:00December 16th, 2013|Glass, Locks & Keys, News, School Security|2 Comments

WW: Are the kids to blame?

Last Friday I posted an article about a school district settlement with a student, after a severe injury due to impact with traditional wired glass.  The article mentioned that a "15-year-old high school student fell while climbing atop a stack of rolled up wrestling mats."  What the article didn't say was that the mats had been rolled up between practices, and the student was helping to set up - the mats were stuck together and he climbed up to help free the mat and slipped, impacting the glass.  His injury was horrific, and he's lucky to be alive.

By |2014-08-22T22:56:18-04:00June 19th, 2013|Glass, Wordless Wednesday|14 Comments

School District Settles for $2 Million and Apologizes

I've gotten in the habit of looking at wired glass to see if it has a certification mark for impact-resistance.  Almost none of the existing wired glass that I've seen has the mark, which means that unless it has field-applied film (I haven't spotted any film yet), it is extremely hazardous.  When I see kids running down the school corridors or swarming the exit at the end of the school day, I worry about impact with the glass, and the resulting injuries.  Our kids are supposed to be safe at school, but the majority of schools have traditional wired glass in place.  And if administrators think they are protected from liability, a precedent is being set that indicates otherwise...

By |2013-06-19T01:25:34-04:00June 14th, 2013|Glass, News|11 Comments

The Clock is Ticking

Last month I posted an article by Kenneth T. Lumb about the liability that schools carry with regard to non-impact-resistant wired glass.  I received a comment from former Oregon State Senator Vicki Walker, who has been an instrumental and passionate force in removing traditional wired glass from Oregon schools.  With her permission, I have posted her comment below (or click here to download a PDF version). 

By |2017-12-07T22:57:14-05:00June 10th, 2013|Glass|0 Comments

More Wired Glass in the News

A couple of weeks ago I started a series of blog posts about the hazards of traditional wired glass.  I showed you some examples of traditional wired glass installed where it shouldn't be, and linked to some news reports which described incidents involving traditional wired glass.  In case those didn't convince you that we have a problem, here are a couple more:

By |2013-01-28T15:22:41-05:00January 28th, 2013|Glass|2 Comments

RM Global

A couple of weeks ago I got a notification that someone wanted to connect with me on LinkedIn, and it turned out to be an architect that I worked with on several projects many moons ago, Reese Schroeder.  When I checked out his profile I found that he is the co-founder and Director of Product Development for RM Global.  The company creates and manufactures absolutely gorgeous art glass, including glass doors.  Their secret process results in a resolution of 4,000 dpi at 36 billion color potential - far exceeding the range of the human eye.

By |2016-02-03T10:37:48-05:00August 9th, 2010|Beautiful Doors, Glass|2 Comments

Glass Door Hardware

I spend a lot of time with architects, and sometimes I'm put in the awkward position of having to talk them out of trying to do something with doors that hasn't been successfully done before.  Many times this involves glass doors, which are becoming more common, yet still have very few options for hardware.  It's tough to make a glass door do anything innovative, when all of the locking hardware is paired with a fixed pull handle.

By |2014-06-27T20:44:33-04:00July 25th, 2010|Doors Gone Wrong, Glass, Panic Hardware|5 Comments

Glass (and Glasses)

Someone asked me a question recently that I had to stop and think about. In the old days, wire glass could only be used in fire doors. It could not be used in non-rated doors. The question was, "Can the wire glass that meets the impact resistance requirements be used in non-rated doors?"

By |2013-02-09T01:06:14-05:00April 20th, 2010|FDAI, Glass|1 Comment

Lite Location

When I started working in the hardware industry, we regularly supplied doors with a 10" x 10" vision lite (type V in the Steelcraft graphic below), which was typically installed approximately 63" from the center of the lite to the floor.  This configuration would no longer be acceptable according to some current accessibility standards.  The 2003 edition of ICC/ANSI A117.1 states that if a door has a vision lite or an adjacent sidelite which permits viewing, at least one lite in the door or the sidelite has to be located with its bottom edge not more than 43" above the floor.  There is an exception for lites with their bottom edge more than 66" above the floor, which would apply to transom lites or residential entry doors with lites at the top.

By |2017-05-15T09:22:42-04:00November 9th, 2009|Accessibility, Glass|0 Comments
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