Volume 50, Issue 4 - April 2015


New Program to Make
Existing Buildings Safer

For Safe Glass Solutions (SGS), nothing is more important than building occupant safety. The group recognizes that many public buildings contain a lot of wired glass, and it’s set out to make the glass safer.

Much of the wired glass in the country was originally installed to meet fire protection requirements. They were built prior to code changes that deemed wired glass applications subject to human impact as unsafe, as well as new technology that allowed alternate products to be used. The code changes generally affect only new or retrofitted construction, leaving many buildings with wired glass in impact areas. A new program from SGS is dedicated to ensuring that glass won’t be dangerous upon impact.

SGS has teamed with Solar Gard, Saint-Gobain’s window film branch, to combat the issue. The partnership comes as SGS launches a program dedicated to bringing potentially non-compliant glass in public buildings—both wired and non-wired—up to safe standards.

A new program is working to apply film to unsafe wired glass applications.

The program aims to “provide the building/facility owner a means to make current non-safety glazing products safe until they require replacement due to breakage,” according to Greg Abel, director of government relations, “or the owner initiates a program to replace existing products not meeting various code requirements with products which will meet code requirements.”
Apple CEO Gives seele of Approval

pple CEO Tim Cook visited sedak in February to see the final glass segment for the new Apple Campus 2. sedak, a subsidiary of façade specialist seele, produced more than 800 oversized façade lites with dimensions of nearly 46 by 10½ feet for the new facility.

“The quality and size of the panes are beyond anything ever realized in the world,” says Cook.

seele group has been a partner of Apple’s for years, having been involved in such projects as the glass cube design of the well-known Apple Store on New York’s Fifth Avenue. “Without seele, our stores throughout the world and our Apple Campus 2 could not have been designed as we had envisaged them,” says Cook.

Nelli Diller, managing director of seele GmbH, says Apple architects and designers have clear ideas of what they want and high standards bordering on perfection. “We encourage each other and are always pushing to sound out the boundaries of the feasible, so we can try new ideas,” she says.

SGS kicked off its pilot program at the end of 2014 at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Wash., where film was installed in a section of the school to bring it into code compliance. As part of the program, film will be applied to all impact areas in the school.

Four years ago, Abel founded SGS with industry veterans Len Brunette and Donn Harter, who serve as president and chairperson of the board, respectively. The idea was sparked when Abel learned that code in the U.K. requires buildings to be inspected annually. This involves private agencies assessing structures, including the glazing, to ensure they meet certain safety standards.

With the newly established program, SGS will provide an assessment of the participating facility, including a building walk-through to document all potential hazards, such as wired glass panels subject to human impact. Film would then be installed in those hazardous locations.

Each finished panel would then be labeled with a QR tag containing information on where the facility is located, the room number, details about its location, the date the panel was modified, and references to the safety glazing impact requirements it meets. That information would be kept on file by SGS.

“If the building maintenance has a question about the glass, they scan it and contact Safe Glass Solutions,” says Abel. “Safe Glass Solutions contacts a certified representative in the area, and they go back to it and install the appropriate film or glazing.”

SGS is rounding up a network of retired code officials from around Oregon to handle the assessment aspect of the program. It’s also in talks with associations nationwide to acquire those kinds of services as the program expands.

SGS is also working with the office of U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR, for grant applications to help offset the costs of future projects.

The program not only involves impact film and wired glass but also addresses security and privacy. SGS stresses that the specific film used will not alter the fire-resistance of the glass.

Tom Marsala, general manager of Clearview Industries, received a certificate that his company is now an Azo-Brader Applicator.

Clearview Qualifies for Azon Applicator Program

Clearview Industries is now an approved Azo-Brader Applicator. The company is working closely with Azon to follow the processing guidelines for producing structural thermal barriers with a mechanical lock as applied in its patio door systems.

Tom Marsala, general manager of Clearview Industries, said he is pleased the company joined the approved applicator program.

“We are convinced that a pour and debridge thermal barrier with an Azo-Brader mechanical lock is the best choice for our patio door systems,” he says.

According to information from Azon, the key to qualifying as an approved applicator is the ongoing confirmation testing it performs to ensure proper application of the thermal barrier products. Participants in the program adhere to strict quality control procedures and testing to qualify for the company’s 10-year warranty for the thermal barrier polymer. In addition to the warranty, quality assurance practices, and AZO/Tec design service analysis, Clearview receives certified training in Azo-Brader machine operations, as well as marketing support.

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