Let's talk safety!
With new changes coming to the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) 2020, and with its adoption rolling out across provinces very soon, now is the perfect time to look at the Fire Codes updates and how the "combustibility" concerns of fibreglass have been heard, addressed, and scientifically resolved.
While increasingly large polyamide thermal breaks, as well as the use of fibreglass pressure plates, in conventional curtain walls don't make for "combustible" aluminum-framed systems, our fibreglass-framed systems have still been required to pass the rigorous CAN/ULC-S134 test, so in March 2018, we did exactly that at Intertek's facility in Texas.
The CAN/ULC-S134 test is a three-storey assembly designed to simulate a real-world fire part-way up a multi-storey building. Designed for facade panels and curtain walls, this test is used to certify building products like our Therm134 system for use in non-combustible projects in Canada.