Volume 40,   Issue 7                                  July 2005


Wash. State Prohibits Use of Wired Glass

At its meeting in Spokane, Wash., on June 10, the Washington State Building Code Council’s (WSBCC) executive committee voted to implement an emergency rule to prohibit the use of polished wired glass in hazardous locations in all new building construction in the state. The emergency rule by the executive committee on Code Change IBC 2406.1.2 will be in effect until October 1, by which time permanent rule-making is expected to be completed.

The code change proposal was brought forward by Greg Abel of Advocates for Safe Glass of Eugene, Ore. He said he took the action to effect the schools being built and renovated now, before the wired glass ban is put into effect by the code change.

Washington is the first state in the nation to adopt the new model code by emergency rule. 
“Advocates for Safe Glass will continue to be a strong presence on this issue as we educate school districts and industry professionals on the new building code standards, as well as provide assistance in addressing existing applications of wired glass,” said Abel.

Thirteen-year-old Zach Darmanin of Bellingham, Wash., and his grandparents, Alice and Anthony Darmanin, joined Abel in presenting testimony to the council. Zach Darmanin was rollerblading at Silver Beach Elementary School last year when he fell into an exterior door containing wired glass. He suffered nerve, tendon, artery and muscle damage to both arms and his chest. 

Steve Nuttall, the local government fire services official for the city of Bellevue, and a member of the Washington State Building Code Council who supported the motion emergency rule, stated, “I feel that we, as a committee, have a rare opportunity to perform the duties we were enlisted to do, that of life safety.” 

Delchem has announced that its D-2000 Reactive hot melt butyl IG sealant has successfully met the new test protocol for ASMT E 2190.

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