Unicel Combines Vision Control with Pilkington Pyrostop Glass from TGP
Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) announced the availability of Unicel's patented Vision Control louvers-in-glass combined with Pilkington Pyrostop glazing from TGP - the first such product assembly to achieve Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire protection classification. Vision Control insulating glass units now incorporate glazing with fire-ratings of 45, 60 and 90 minutes.
“The UL Classified Vision Control and Pilkington Pyrostop solution meets a strong demand for fire-rated privacy systems, particularly in healthcare environments,” said Jean-Francois Couturier, CEO of Unicel. “Architects have often struggled with the issue of specifying hygienic privacy control solutions that meet stringent hospital fire-rating requirements. By combining hermetically sealed, adjustable louvers with fire-resistant glazing, we provide a second-to-none solution to address both safety and privacy concerns. No other system provides this level of vision control flexibility with UL Classified fire-resistant glazing.”
The combined Vision Control and Pilkington Pyrostop glazing assembly has been UL fire-rated for doors, windows, transoms and sidelights.
“Today's fire-rated glazing systems greatly expand design flexibility,” added Jeff Razwick, Vice President of Business Development for TGP. “Products like Pilkington Pyrostop have clarity and aesthetics similar to regular window glass, while providing protection from the high heat of building fires. And, they combine well with other systems such as Unicel's Vision Control to offer a range of performance options.”
Vision Control is a patented, hermetically sealed glass unit combining louvers within glass that can be customized to virtually any shape for interior or exterior glazing applications. Pilkington Pyrostop is a fire-rated and impact safety-rated glazing material that blocks radiant heat, helping protect people and valuables on the non-fire side of the glass where heat transfer might be a concern. TGP is the sole North American supplier of Pilkington Pyrostop.
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