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Using Fire Rated Glass in Sustainable Building Design
Volume IV, Newsletter 2 September 2012

Welcome to the back-to-school issue of the Safe Glass for Schools newsletter. We've revamped the format, and we remain committed to providing up-to-date content on school building trends, codes and innovations in the use of fire rated glass. Go to Safe Glass for Schools  to review past articles and newsletters.

In this issue, we share the findings of a groundbreaking report called "The Greenest Building," which quantifies for the first time the environmental advantages of reuse compared to building new, and then go into ways that using fire rated glass and framing systems as a building material may help in LEED certification.


In This Issue
Rebuilding America's Schools
FRG & Sustainable Design

Safti's LEED Brochure
2012 IBC Chapter 7 Tables
Featured Downloads

LEED Scorecard
The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design and construction of high performance green buildings -- new or reused. SAFTIFIRST's fire rated glass and framing products can contribute to a number of LEED 2009 credits.  Click here to learn how.

Click here to download a list of information about SAFTIFIRST's fire rated glazing and framing systems related to LEED certification. Facts include material origin, visible light transmission, STC ratings and NFRC certifcations.
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Rebuilding America's Schools by Reusing What's There...and it's greener and cheaper
The Greenest Building report

An estimated 40% of the nation's 100,000 public schools are in bad-to-poor condition, as reported by "Parade Magazine" in August 2012. 

A groundbreaking report entitled "The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Enviornmental Value of Building Reuse" finds that reusing existing buildings brings climate change, resource depletion, human health and ecosystem quality benefits compared to new construction.

Among the six building types examined in this exhaustive study is elementary schools. The report finds that renovating a school is 9-12% better for reducing CO2 emissions and using fewer resources, 7-11% better for human health and 11-14% better for ecosystem quality than building new. These savings add up quickly if they are spread out over the estimated 10 billion square feet of school buildings in the U.S.   Read more...

Fire Rated Glass & Sustainable Design
High Tech Middle School
Adding natural and shared light to a building interior cuts electricity use and helps buildings earn LEED points. In addition, fire rated glass can be customized to provide energy performance and acoustic characteristics that can help earn additional LEED credits

SAFTIFIRST has developed a LEED brochure and scorecard that offers insight into how fire rated glass and framing systems can earn points in Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality categories. Fire rated glass not only helps achieve LEED certification, but contributes to overall sustainable design.   Read more...