The FRGG has developed a six point code of core governing principles for all glass and glazing system products that have the stated purpose for safe
The following six steps should together apply to all barriers containing glass where the intended design function is to resist and contain fire and the products of combustion.
1. System Testing
The glazed assembly must be tested for fire resistance as a representative functioning system, according to the BS or BS EN test standard. The system should be specifically designed for use in fire, including all components; and a test report (or an approved assessment report, referring to applicable test evidence) must be available for reference.
When assembled and installed the glazed system must faithfully follow the specific system approval, as provided by the original test report (or approved assessment) and confirmed by the owner of the test evidence.
3. Identification and Traceability
It is essential for the fire-resistant glazed system to be unambiguously identified and traceable to the responsible provider. In particular, the glass must carry a permanent and unique identifying stamp, visible and readable after glazing, which includes the name of the glass and its supplier, with applicable performance classification codes and standards.
4. Quality Control
The glass and sealant as key components must be produced to a defined specification which includes the properties that are considered important for the achievement of the intended fire resistance function. And the manufacturer in each case should be able to show that they routinely operate an appropriate quality control system to ensure that the specification is consistently and routinely maintained.
5. Third Party Product Certification
The scope of application of the proposed glazed system must be backed up by independent third party certification, using schemes accredited by UK Accreditation Service (UKAS), to provide additional assurance of performance claims and use of system.
6. Competency and Training
Those who specify, provide and install fire resistant glass and glazing systems should observe the criteria defined for considered good practice in the GGF's Trade Standard. The standard is also recommended to building, contracts and fire safety managers as a convenient reference to check the throughness of work being carried out.
This code provides essential core guidance for all who specify, supply and install and depend upon barriers containing glass intended to provide resistance against fire and smoke. It should be used with reference to the GGF's Best Practice Guide for the specification of and use of fire-resistant glazed systems and the GGF's standard for the specification of, supply and installation of fire-resistant barriers containing glass.
For further information please contact Russell Day, Technical Officer, Glass and Glazing Federation email@example.com