Wired glass still remains the top-performing fire-rated glazing material in the
Without regard to whether any technical support existed, code officials at the International Code Council's Final Action Agenda in May at
Wired glass is still permitted in all non-hazardous locations. Meaning it can be used in virtually all window and transom locations. However, in jurisdictions adopting the 2003-04 International Building Code Supplement, it may no longer be used in hazardous locations.
Was the decision to adopt S85-03/04 good or bad? Right or wrong? Unfortunately, the
Under the rules, the ICC membership can vote to overturn the decisions of its technical committees for a good reason or for no reason at all. While ICC's technical committees are required to state a supporting basis for their decisions, no such requirement exists at Final Action Agenda hearings. There, ICC members cast their votes in the relative anonymity among hundreds of participants. As a result, it is not possible to tell whether any particular change has been adopted for a good reason or for no reason, other than, perhaps, to end years of debate.
The membership's vote overturning the Technical Committee decision rejecting S85-03/04 was appealed by wired glass manufacturers on the basis that several rule violations had occurred at
The wired-glass manufacturers then asked the ICC board not to adopt the recommendations of the appeals panel. At a hearing held in September in
Many new, fire-rated products are now on the market. More may emerge as manufacturers attempt to meet the complex web of 45-minute fire and hose-stream test requirements of one- hour corridors, along with the impact, weathering and other requirements specified in 16 C.F.R. section 1201 for glazing used in hazardous locations. All will undoubtedly cost more than wired glass. But none is likely to be more durable or capable of stopping the spread of flame, smoke and hot gasses in a fire than wired glass.