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Balanced Fire Protection

Balanced fire protection is a critical topic for the building industry, especially as we head into 2020 and the revisions to the International Building Code. The importance of the topic—and the levels of nuance we’re dealing with—led me to have a conversation recently with Thom Zaremba, partner at Roetzel and Andress and the fenestration industry’s […]

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Design-Assist Saves Money on Fire-Rated Projects

If there are two words in fire-rated glazing that can save time and money on a project, it’s these: design assist. Specialty glazers like Vetrotech Saint-Gobain and others sit at a unique intersection: we’re often the connection point of what the owner wants to spend, the architect wants to design and what the code officials […]

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On the Safe Side

Early in January, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) released a report that many people in our industry are talking about: Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report. The essence of the report was not a surprise. For every dollar invested in mitigation strategies around safety, loss prevention and disruption to everyday life, there’s […]

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