Pyroguard’s main aim is to support our clients to achieve their safety requirements and design ambitions. Pyroguard’s fire safety glass complies with all UK safety regulations while sacrificing none of the quality and design required to create an attractive living environment. We believe that making buildings safe doesn’t have to come at the cost of aesthetically pleasing design.
Pyroguard is committed to compliance with the UK Building Regulations 2000, which dictate the minimum standards for impact and fire-resistance in building materials, as well as structural stability and the ability to restrict the spread of smoke and fire. The regulations were laid down to ensure the safety of people in and around all types of building, as well as ensuring buildings are energy efficient and accessible
Some of the key documents outlining specific standards with which Pyroguard glass complies are:
Approved Document B – Fire Safety
Pyroguard glass is fire-resistant, stopping the spread of fire and smoke as well as preventing the transfer of heat. Approved Document B of the UK Building Regulations provides the minimum performance requirements for glass in situations where it comes into contact with fire; all Pyroguard glass not only meets but exceeds these requirements, giving high performance under all test conditions. It is also suitable for preventing both internal and external fire spread as specified in the Document.
To read more about these requirements or view the Approved Document B in full, click here.
Approved Document L – Conservation of Fuel and Power
Regulations for the conservation of fuel and power are covered in Approved Document L of the Building Regulations. These set out the requirements for energy efficiency, namely lowering carbon dioxide emissions and limiting heat gains and losses via thermal elements of a building. Window Energy Ratings (WER) have also been recently introduced as part of the building regulations; these take into account light transmission, heat loss and solar gain of glazing units. All Pyroguard glass is designed for maximum energy efficiency in order to meet the requirements set out in Document L.
To read more or view the Approved Document L in full, click here.
Approved Document K – Impact safety
Approved Document K of the Building Regulations governs protection from falling, collision and impact. Pyroguard fire safety glass meets these requirements as it is non-combustible and impact-safe. Pyroguard also meets the following European-wide standards for impact safety:
BS EN 12600: Glass in building – impact test method and classification for flat glass
To meet this standard, a weight is dropped from 3 different heights on to a standard sized pane of glass. The glass is classified according to the point at which it breaks. Since it is also classified as safety material, Pyroguard glass is marked to indicate the level of safety achieved during test.
BS 6262-4: Code of practice for glazing for buildings – Part 4: Safety related to human impact.
This standard provides safety recommendations for the vertical use of glass in locations likely to be subject to accidental human impact. The recommendations are intended to reduce impact related injuries and in particular the risk of cutting and piercing injuries.
BS 6180: Barriers in and about buildings – Code of practice.
This standard applies to temporary and permanent barriers designed to protect people from hazards, restrict access or control vehicle traffic, and provides a guide to the design, structure, height and strength of barriers.
To read more about the Building Regulations for impact safety, or to view the Approved Document K in full, click here.
Every one of Pyroguard’s fire resistant glazing systems is supported by evidence of its performance, which is based on stringent tests. Pyroguard only partners with companies who have achieved Attestation of Conformance Level 1 for the manufacture of fire safety glazing systems.
BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment system for buildings, setting the standards for both energy efficiency and the health and well-being of a building’s users. Using Pyroguard safety glass in your building specification helps to achieve the highest ratings in the BREEAM system. By minimising heat loss, solar gain and optimising light transmission, Pyroguard glass ensures high ratings in the BREEAM “Energy” and “Material” category. The light, airy environment created by Pyroguard glass promotes a healthy environment for those inside a building, maximising natural levels of daylight inside a building, which helps a building to achieve BREEAM credits in the “Health and Wellbeing Category.”
BREEAM credits may be awarded in the following areas, all of which are applicable to Pyroguard fire safety glass:
Pyroguard’s expert team are a major resource of knowledge on both our products and the standards which regulate them. Our dedicated specification team take great time and care to ensure our customers receive the advice, technical and regulatory information they require, and are happy to consult with you at any stage of your project, even if it’s just an initial inquiry.
To find out more about ensuring your fire glass specification meets UK building regulations, contact us today.