Posted by: glassblockblogger | December 17, 2014

Glass Window that Meets FEMA Safe Room Blast Resistant Guidelines

What windows meet the FEMA 361″Design and Construction Guidelines for Community Safe Rooms” and FEMA 320 “Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business”?

LightWise Hurricane and Tornado Resistant glass block windows from Eastern Glass Block not only meet FEMA 361 and FEMA 320 guidelines, but, are attractive and easy to install.

Having seen devastation from tornadoes and hurricanes to property and people’s lives, many are considering installing storm shelters. There are several types of storm shelters. Common examples are shelters built above ground or a safe room inside the home or garage.The Shelter should be attractive and provide practical application on the property. Windows are critical. With Glass Block, you get security with the advantages of having natural light.

LightWise Tornado Resistant Window

Tornado-Resistant Windows are the perfect choice for Safe Rooms, Community Shelters, Schools, Corporate Campuses and Government Facilities.

Pittsburgh Corning’s LightWise Architectural Tornado and Hurricane Resistant window from Eastern Glass Block has successfully passed the highest standards of performance for FEMA 361 “Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms”, meet the large missile impact tests referenced in the International Building Code, and Dade County Approval Protocols.

  • Meets requirements for FEMA 361″Design and Construction Guidelines for Community Safe Rooms” and FEMA 320 “Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business”
  • Effective protection against air pressure and flying debris caused by tornado-force winds
  • Factory assembled window provides strength and durability of steel and laminated VISTABRIK® glass block
  • Enhanced security with vision and light transmission
  • Easy to install which means reduced on-site labor costs
  • Protection from damaging UV rays
  • Available in various sizes

Design Consultation

Planning residential or commercial construction of Storm Shelters? Contact us at Eastern Glass Block. We have over 20 years of experience in commercial and residential design. 800-635-1226

Tornado Resistant Window Impact Test Video

What are the unique requirements that must be met when constructing a school? It is to protect the students and provide an effective learning environment. Unfortunately, a solid brick enclosure is the solution that is all too often chosen for security. This solution almost entirely eliminates the ability to have natural light into the school for a pleasant and healthy learning environment.

However, there is a glass material that provides security for the students while letting natural light wash into the school. That material is Glass Block.

Glass Block will provide security by protecting against physical threats, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, and unforeseen catastrophes, such as explosions outside the building by perpetrators. Glass Block also meets Daylighting and LEED guidelines. As an added bonus, Glass Block is graffiti resistant, which can be very important in highly populated urban settings.

 

An example of Glass Block meeting the unique requirements of schools is River Crest Elementary School.

Having seen assorted glass block patterns used in a divider wall at a Thai restaurant in Madison, Wis., Catherine Cruickshank, Senior Project Designer at Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc, was inspired to experiment by twisting and turning the glass blocks to create waves and ripples consistent with the River Crest theme while achieving a balance between daylight and privacy.

With sustainability and privacy a guiding factor, Cruickshank added glass blocks to the Guidance office, computer room and story area, and cafeteria. The glass block allowed natural light into the areas providing bright spaces that restrict noise and offer improved visual capability teachers rely on when caring for children. “Initially we were concerned about the acoustics in the guidance office, but the glass block worked out great,” said Cruickshank. “It let light into the space while providing privacy for conversations in the guidance office.”

There are many Glass Block products available that can be chosen for different applications. For instance, THICKSET is a glass block from Eastern Glass Block that is manufactured by Pittsburgh Corning and is ideal for use in schools. These Fire Rated Glass Block products include the Thickset 60 and the Thickset 90. All THICKSET 90 (thick-faced) and solid glass blocks have fire ratings of up to 90 minutes, and the THICKSET® 60 glass blocks have fire ratings up to 60 minutes, when used as window assemblies and when permitted by code.

THICKSET Glass Block include;

  • superior sound transmissions ratings,
  • a range of visibility options from clear to opaque depending on your privacy needs,
  • graffiti resistant with easy to clean and durable glass surface,
  • Fire Rated by Underwriters Laboratories.

river-crest-elementary-02Another great product for security is LightWise Architectural Tornado and Hurricane Resistant window. This window has successfully passed the highest standards of performance for FEMA 361 “Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms”, meet the large missile impact tests referenced in the International Building Code, and Dade County Approval Protocols. The window provides effective protection against air pressure and flying debris caused by tornado-force winds.

Contact Us at Eastern Glass Block

To learn more about Glass Block as an excellent glass building material to enhance the learning environment of a school, while also providing safety and security for the students, contact Eastern Glass Block. We have over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial Glass Block installation services. We love to share our knowledge.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | November 26, 2014

Design a Home for the Holidays

When you are entertaining during the Holidays, you want an inviting entry way for your family and guests.  This can be best accomplished with light and color. However, you do not want to decrease the security of your home or increase your energy costs.

Glass Block is much more than just a bright idea! Glass Block adds many benefits to your home, such as allowing light in while keeping out unwanted views, energy-wasting drafts and uninvited guest

BEAUTY AND VERSATILITY

Extraordinarily versatile and available in many aesthetically pleasing sizes and styles, Glass Block offers virtually limitless design possibilities. Glass block walls, partitions and windows combine the delicate beauty and light transmission of glass with the strength of glass block.

VISIBILITY/LIGHT TRANSMISSION

Crystal clear Glass Block provides exceptional visibility in compliance with ADA guidelines for enclosed areas. It is also scratch-resistant and transmits up to 80% of available light in both directions without any yellowing, clouding or weathering.

SECURITYglass block foyer

When added security is needed, architects, designers and home builders have chosen Glass Block, which offers enhanced resistance to impact, fire, sound transmission and weather.

ENERGY CONSERVATION

Glass Block can provide more than double the thermal resistance (R-Value) of single-glaze 1/8″ thick plate-glass. The differences between the shading coefficient of glass block and flat sheet glass is also significant.

INSTALLATION

At Eastern Glass Block, installation crews are led by the most experienced glass block specialists in the industry.  Installers pride themselves on high quality installation service.

Having Eastern Glass Block offers you the ability to be in total control of the design of your project without having to worry about the time and tools necessary to complete your glass block project. You save time and possible frustration while having the pride of designing and managing the project that results in a solution that fits your specific need. Call us at 800-635-1226; or email us at info@easternglassblock.com. We have been serving the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia areas for over 20 years.

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