With fire safety in construction coming under increased scrutiny, the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Fire Resistant Glazing Group (FRGG) participated at the FIREX show at London ExCel, on 19th to 21st June 2018.
Over the three days, the GGF FRGG raised greater awareness of the principles of Fire Resistant Glazing, encouraging best practice. On the GGF FRGG stand, there were live exhibits of Fire-Resisting Glass showcasing the before and after effects of fire, and in the seminar area, an educational presentation on “Fire-Rated Glazing – Getting it Right, Getting it Wrong” was delivered by Adrian Blaydon, GGF Technical Officer.
Steve Rice, GGF Director of Technical Affairs commented, “Following the Grenfell Tower fire last year, we all need to take responsibility and report signs of where fire safety is an issue. The outcome at FIREX was encouraging and we will continue to assist others within their fire regulations.”
At FIREX, the GGF had three exhibits with the largest being two samples of Fire-Resisting glass; which strangely enough ended up being three exhibits in one, as visitors were fascinated, leaving them wanting to know more. This exhibit consisted of a clear pane and next to it was the same glass after being subjected to twenty minutes of a fire test. The contrast was definitely marked and with several people even remarking that it looks like a piece of modern art.
The second exhibit was of a pane of glass which had been extracted from an actual fire event. Whilst it had certainly seen better days; it was evident that the glass had performed well, visibly showing how the glass had reacted to the fire.
The final exhibit was an ‘anatomy of a Fire-Resistant door’; effectively slicing through a glazed door, exposing all the elements within the system. This stressed the consistent message being put out by the FRGG during the show and the speaking slot and throughout the “Guide to Best Practice in the Specification and Use of Fire-Resistant Glazed Systems.”
The informative and educational presentation by Adrian outlined the best practice guidance on multiple components of a Fire-Resistant Glazing system. This focused on how non fire-rated glass products react in a fire situation, showing how they are likely to fail spontaneously or within a short amount of time. In consideration of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the presentation on “Fire-Rated Glazing – Getting it Right, Getting it Wrong” discussed the importance of how glass plays its part in the fire safety strategy of a building.
At the show, the GGF launched the newly revised Fire Resistant Glazing Guide (RRP £150) giving away free hard copies to all who attended the presentation.
A free electronic copy for download is available from the GGF website: https://www.ggf.org.uk/publications/fire-resistant-glazing
Please visit the, GGF online shop to purchase a printed copy: http://shop.ggfmembers.com
For further information contact:
James Lee, GGF Group Director of Marketing & Communications, 020 7939 9114,
Notes to editors:
The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is the primary trade association for companies that make, supply or fit flat glass and related products representing more than 60% of the industry’s turnover.
As such the GGF is the recognised leading authority for employers and companies within the flat glass, glazing, window, home improvement, plastics and window film industries. This includes double glazing, Energy Efficient Windows, replacement windows, doors, conservatories, applied film, hardware, safety glazing, sealants, fire resistant glass, emergency glazing, decorative glass, secondary glazing, solar control and plastics.
The GGF provides information for homeowners, professional specifiers and anyone seeking professional and unbiased information on any aspect of glass and glazing in the UK. GGF members supply replacement windows, doors, conservatories and Energy Efficient Windows in all framing materials including Aluminium, PVC-U, Steel and Timber.
The GGF is a great promoter of energy efficient glazing and the GGF’s Carbon Calculator enables homeowners and others to see how much money and carbon can be saved by installing new Energy Efficient Windows.
Architects and Specifiers are well supported with a range of literature and professional advisors to assist with all aspects of specification and related issues. GGF Members sign up to the Federation's Code of Good Practice and are vetted before being accepted. A free conciliation service is provided for mediation between customers and supplying member companies when required.