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Article Date: 1st November 2017

Selectaglaze - Improve Security against Intruders & Blasts with Secondary Glazing

Secondary Glazing - Glazed Panels - Bomb Blast - Specialist Glass

Selectaglaze - Banqueting House, London

Hearing about break-ins or threats of terrorism has become a common occurrence, which can be disconcerting. Selectaglaze secondary glazing can deliver an unseen level of security to any property. It creates a second barrier of protection from the inside that can thwart the most determined thief or protect the occupants from the effects of bomb blast.

Securing the contents of a building is critical; be it physical high value objects, highly sensitive data or the people inside. If this is the case, secondary glazing could provide the answer.

Physical attack - During physical attack secondary glazing works by providing a second barrier to entry. At lesser risk levels it must prevent manipulation of the locks and catches or removal of the glass or glazed panels. As the performance increases it must repel levering or use of cutting tools including penetration of the glazing, which at higher risk levels will be a sophisticated combination of glass, resin and polycarbonate.

Selectaglaze - Banqueting House, LondonBlast mitigation - Secondary glazing protects inhabitants and contents from the effects of an explosion by containing the flying shards of glass from the fragmentation of the primary window under the blast load. Fixings, frame, locks and glass are all designed to absorb the blast wave.

Ballistic - Protection from firearm attack is achieved by several layers of glass of various thicknesses laminated together. The front layers of glass are designed to shatter, thereby absorbing the initial impact energy, the subsequent glass and interlayers absorb the lower level shock waves

Fire - Fire resistant glazing provides a protected escape route for occupants. Specialist glass, along with fire and intumescent seals set within appropriate framing, resists the intense heat of a fire.

Banqueting House, London was treated with Selectaglaze blast units to provide sufficient levels of security to protect the Rubens ceiling painting, historic architectural features and those who visit/work in the Royal Palace. The design replaced the blast net curtains as well as providing a significant level of noise insulation. Testing was carried out for the largest ever single casement to be blast tested in the UK; to the Main Hall window openings being 3.6m high and 2.0m wide.

Selectaglaze Blast TestRoyal Warrant Holder, Selectaglaze has been established for fifty years and in that time gained extensive experience working on all building types.

Selectaglaze will be at the UK Security Expo, at London Olympia on the 29th and 30th November 2017. Located on stand L66, Selectaglaze Technical Advisors will be happy to answer any secondary glazing related questions.

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