Posted by Johann Nacario — January 24, 2024 — Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, the company that pioneered fire-rated glazing in North America, recently announced the successful fire-test series of what it calls the industry’s most advanced product since the invention of fire-resistive glass.
During multiple rounds of extensive testing, CONTRAFLAM One has proven its ability to meet and even exceed the exceptional performance of Vetrotech’s original CONTRAFLAM product line, while offering enhanced qualities and sustainability features, says the company.
The successful tests were held at Vetrotech Saint-Gobain’s accredited test lab, International Fire Testing + Services (IFTS), in Herzogenrath, Germany—on the site of the Saint-Gobain Germany Research & Development Center. A third-party certification body representative was on site for all tests.
CONTRAFLAM One passed the initial test series required for UL, ASTM, CAN/ULC and NFPA standards for certification. These critical fire tests ensure life-safety products can withstand the heat and force of a fire, thus providing safe passages of exit for occupants and protecting the building itself from the spread of destructive flame and smoke. Based on these tests, certification from a nationally recognized laboratory will follow.
DJ Damberger, general manager for Vetrotech in North America, stated:
These fire tests are a key moment in our journey to market with any product. When it’s a product as unique and advanced as CONTRAFLAM One, they take on a special meaning. It’s been an exciting time, working with the brightest minds in the business to bring new innovations to life.
Architects pursuing LEED and other green building certifications will soon be able to specify a fire-resistant glazing system that boasts the highest visible light transmittance, broader range of temperature resistance, significant weight savings and up to 35% less embedded carbon than the previous generation of CONTRAFLAM.
CONTRAFLAM One will be the first glazing product made at a new, state-of-the-art production facility at Saint-Gobain North America’s Glass Campus in Faribault, MN, in 2024.
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