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2012 IBC and ADA Affect Vision Areas in Fire Doors and Exit Passageways
Q1 2011

This is a quarterly newsletter for architects, designers and planners who build and renovate our schools.  We research school building trends, fire codes and innovations in the use of fire-rated glass in schools, and publish what we find at Safe Glass for Schools.

In this issue, we talk about the new 2012 IBC's size limits on fire protection glazing (like traditional wired glass and ceramics) in fire doors and paths of egress, and the challenge of simultaneously complying with the Americans With Disabilities Act Section 404.2.11.

 Large Vision Areas Must Be Fire Resistive  
Tory High School
The 2012 IBC makes it clear that vision panels in 60 and 90 minute temperature-rise doors located in paths of egress must work to protect passersby from radiant heat transmission. To meet both IBC and ADA, vision areas must be large and fire-resistive.  
  Read more....

 SuperLite II-XL Meets 2012 IBC and ADA 
Freedom High PA
SAFTIFIRST's SuperLite II-XL blocks radiant heat, meets ASTM E119 wall standards and can be used in 60 and 90 minute temperature rise doors and adjoining sidelites and transoms.  Because it's fire-resistive, vision areas featuring SuperLite II-XL can be larger than 100 sq in.     Check out Superlite II-XL examples...

 Free Fire Rated Glass AIA Webinars
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Take the mystery out of fire rated glazing codes, testing and products.  SAFTIFIRST offers free 1-hour, interactive webinars with a code expert.  Participants earn an AIA LU/HSW credit.  Please email Diana to schedule at training session.

Thank you for your interest in using fire rated glass to make safer, better, greener schools.  Please check out our schools website, Safe Glass for Schools.  Let us know what you think, or if you have questions you want us to address in the future.





Quick Links 

Vision Area Codes 


2012 IBC Sec 715.4.4.1:  

Glazing in Doors -  

Fire protection rated glazing in excess of 100 sq inches not permitted.

And, the "Sprinkler Exception" is removed   

2012 IBC 715 Tables 


ADA Sec 404.2.11

At least one of the vision lites in doors and sidelites adjacent to doors must be no higher than 43 inches above the floor or ground. 


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