Safety and Security Certifications
The purpose of these standards is to determine the safety performance characteristics of glazing materials designed to reduce or minimize cutting or piercing injuries when the glazing is broken by human contact.
Solar Gard Armorcoat® safety and security films have been tested to these standards and performed at the highest level. The application of Solar Gard safety and security films may be applied to existing annealed (float) or heat strengthened glazing to meet safety glazing standards.Select the film and glass combination that best fits the requirement.
The purpose of these test methods is to assess the response of the glazing and glazing system to air blast loadings. A level of performance is reported to describe the response of the glazing system based on the blast size and proximity.
Solar Gard Armorcoat® safety and security films have been tested to these standards and have demonstrated the ability to reduce the probability of injury due to flying glass and debris. Select the film and glass combination that best fits the requirement.
The purpose of reaction to fire testing is to determine whether a building fuels a fire. Some fire reaction criteria may include the rate at which a flame spreads, the ignitability when exposed to heat, the amount of heat, smoke, toxic gases, and/or flaming droplets/particles, etc. Building materials must often be tested to these types of standards to evaluate the performance of these materials when exposed to heat and fire. Solar Gard Armorcoat® 8 mil safety and security films have been tested to these standards and have been proven to be safe building materials that would not contribute to fire. (Note: these standards are not the same as fire resistance standards which measure the duration in time a product can withstand a fire.
The purpose of these standards is to evaluate the performance of impact resistant materials when subjected to impact from small and large missiles followed by cycle pressure variations that simulate high winds during severe weather. These glazing systems are designed to protect against damage and water intrusion during severe weather. A glazing system includes the glazing, frame, attachment system and seals unless the product tested covers the entire opening such as storm shutters. Solar Gard Armorcoat® 8 mil safety and security film has been tested to these standards on 3/16″ tempered glass with a wet-glaze attachment system on standard commercial aluminium frames.
(Note: this does not mean that film and attachment system has code approval or notice of acceptance. Code or product acceptance is only given to the entire glazing system and not for products that enhance the performance of just the glazing.)
INTRUSION / BURGLARY RESISTANCE
The purpose of burglary resistance testing is to determine the resistance capabilities of building materials including glazing. These materials are subjected to various amounts of force from varying objects from small hand tools to power tools. These objects, repeated number of blows and time are used to determine the level of performance given to the tested material. Solar Gard Armorcoat® 14 mil safety and security film has been tested to these standards and have demonstrated the ability to resist certain levels of forced entry.
Currently, there are no codes specifying the performance of glazing systems affected by seismic events. There has been testing done to measure the performance of glazing during these events and they mainly consist of “racking” the glazing systems and then determining the fallout of the glass. Obviously, the application of Armorcoat® safety and security film will significantly reduce the fallout due to the breakage of the glass.