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33 If fire-rated units have been installed


and the performance certification has not been checked, Building Regulations inspectors can demand they are taken out unless evidence of correct certification can be provided. This can waste valuable project time and money.


Standards


Accreditation is important to companies that wish to maintain professionalism as it has a direct impact on public safety. It helps to determine if a company meets or exceeds minimum standards of quality and gives the consumer confidence in choosing a company that puts them first. Certification makes sure products and services meet standards, too. Within the construction industry, they help to make sure projects run smoothly and that quality products which meet Building Regulations are chosen and used.


Testing glass for certification Fire resistance tests should always be carried out by independent test companies and comply with all relevant fire test standards. All fire-rated glass should be installed as per the test evidence, in terms


of the fire resistant glazing system used during the test (including sizing, frame and installation materials); only then will it provide the protection as per its official fire protection rating.


If the specified glass is installed into a different frame or installed with different materials (for example a different seal) then this will negate the protection and fire rating of the product; having access to the relevant test evidence when purchasing fire-rated glass is therefore fundamental. A FIRAS-certified company provides installation that demonstrates competency in the installation of such products and systems and then can provide a certificate of authentication.


Investing in the right supplier that has the same vision on safety, quality and service can make sure a project is completed to the best possible standards. If using a fire-resistant glass then it must only be used as part of a previously approved glazing system. There is no second chance with safety, make sure you get it right first time.


Sean Haynes is managing director of FireGlass UK


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