Transparent glazing, whether window assemblies or full curtain wall assemblies, can help designers achieve a complex set of performance criteria with one product, eliminating redundant systems and streamlining construction.
Fire codes help owners protect their buildings from property-destroying blazes. Those codes, however, are often set to a minimum standard for fire safety and are not always representative of best practices. One of those instances surrounds codes related to fire-rated floor doors.
Inherently non-combustible and more lightweight than masonry or cement board, gypsum gives commercial designers, engineers, and builders an easier path toward fire resistance compliance for interior and exterior walls.
Blending the visual line between fire-rated and non-rated curtain walls has long proved challenging for architects. For years, fire-rated frames were bulky, wraparound affairs. While functional at blocking heat and keeping people safe, few offerings closely replicated the sleek frame profiles heralded in modern curtain wall design.