Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, the company that pioneered fire-rated glazing in North America, today announces the successful fire-test series of 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.
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.
“These fire tests are a key moment in our journey to market with any product,” said DJ Damberger, General Manager for Vetrotech in North America. “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.
“Vetrotech has always been a leader in fire-rated glazing products—we introduced them to the market here in North America,” said Kevin Norcross, Commercial Sales Manager for Vetrotech Saint-Gobain in North America. “Vetrotech’s future, and that of our entire industry, is very bright; we can’t wait to share it.”
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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About Vetrotech Saint-Gobain:
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America is a member of the Saint-Gobain Group specializing in the development, production and distribution of sustainable fire-resistant safety and high-security glass for the building and marine sectors.
As a world leader and pioneer in glazed protective solutions for more than 40 years, people’s safety comes first at Vetrotech: the company is an advocate of making living places more secure and accepts no compromise in compliance with regulations or standards.
To this end, Vetrotech produces fire-rated glass and framing products adapted to any architectural need, blending into the environment while providing the places where we live, work, learn or gather with the highest standard of safety and security for the peace of mind of all the stakeholders.
Vetrotech provides project-bound design assistance to address any kind of risk scenario or threat level. With seven production sites on three continents and more than 1,000 employees worldwide, Vetrotech ensures trusted support and reliable supply to customers in more than 60 countries through its regional sales offices spread across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.vetrotech.com/en-us and LinkedIn.
Worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed through a continuous innovation process and provide sustainability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”.
€51.2 billion in sales in 2022
168,000 employees, located in 75 countries
Committed to achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050
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