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Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America, a leading manufacturer of fire-rated glass and fire-resistant door, frame, window, and curtain wall systems in the United States, announced today the launch of Keralite® extended-sized fire-rated glass ceramic products. The extended-size sheets increase the maximum height permissible for fire-rated windows, and are the largest fire-rated glass ceramic products available in the market.
Keralite Standard, Keralite Select and Keralite Privacy fire-rated glass sheets now are available between 47 1/4” x 95 9/16”, providing augmented daylighting options for glaziers and architects.
Specified for taller sidelights, large transoms and oversized wall openings, the extended-size sheets have been developed to provide solutions for a wide range of building and construction projects.
The new extended sized sheets yield increased functionality and address novel architectural applications. They are UL Listed and meet LEED-credit requirements for the Environmental Product Declaration and Environment Health Product Declaration.
Extensive research and development was conducted by Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America to conceptualize and begin producing the extended-size glass sheets. Advancements involved modifying equipment for production and manufacturing optimization. As a result, the expanded sizes allow for oversized and maximized square footage of fire-rated glass applications for specifiers, commercial real estate developers and construction site owners.
“The Keralite extended size glass is the newest innovative product resulting from Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America’s groundbreaking research and development,” says Lindsay Hampton, Keralite product manager. “We are pleased to introduce the market’s largest extended-size glass to our glazier partners as well as architects and other construction specifiers with substantial and distinctive projects.”
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America will be showcasing its new Keralite fire-rated glass ceramic products in extended sizes during AIA 2016.
About Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America:
Saint-Gobain is the world leader in sustainable environments and has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people around the world. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to the Statue of Liberty and World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement since 1665.
In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal, and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Saint-Gobain has more than 130 locations in North America and approximately 14,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015. Join Saint-Gobain in a celebration of the company’s innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and www.futuresensations.com, or connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.
About Vetrotech Saint-Gobain:
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is a leading producer of fire-resistant glass products with more than 300 years of experience. The company’s products are available worldwide through a network of local sales offices and regional production facilities. Vetrotech Saint-Gobain researches, develops and produces clear fire-resistant glass solutions for maximum protection of people and property. The glass combines form and function, accommodating impact safety, multi-comfort, security, and decorative features. A diverse range of product technologies and manufacturing processes make for a unique approach; allow the company to propose the most appropriate solutions; and offer the full spectrum of fire-resistance classifications to meet virtually any challenge. Continually testing and certifying glass within its own and other fire-resistant framing systems and glazed building elements, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain offers the most diverse range of applications to be integrated perfectly alongside non-fire-rated glass types.
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