Too many in the glass or framing industries focus on testing their own products without consideration for total system performance. Any resulting risk of security breach, in case of attack, could have dramatic consequences. At Vetrotech, we make no compromise when it comes to people and property protection. We are advocates for safer construction, for the well-being of each one of us and the future of all. As such, we are actively involved in code development committees, as well as the training and education of building authorities, to adopt and enforce full system norms, similar to what is already practised for fire protective openings. We consider it essential that all high-security solutions are tested to demonstrate global performance (glass + frame) as a “full system”.
All of our manufacturing sites produce under AVCP System 1 of the European Construction Product Regulation, and thus are audited by Notified Certification Bodies on a regular basis to maintain Factory Production Control (FPC) certification. This allows us to apply the CE Mark to EN 14449: Glass in building - Laminated glass and laminated safety glass. Our high security glass is tested to European Standard EN 1063: Glass in building - security glazing, for resistance against bullet attack. The VETROGARD range of products can then be integrated with confidence into ballistic doors and windows assemblies, to be tested and classified to European Standards EN 1522 and EN 1523: test method for the bullet resistance of windows, doors, shutters and blinds.
More and more, market trends are moving towards combined protective solutions. Because we are both fire-resistive and high-security glass experts, and specialists within the Saint-Gobain Group, we are the ideal partner to support you with your specific project needs. Indeed, at Vetrotech all solutions can be combined to respond to any multiple-risk scenario (fire, attack, bullet or blast) while respecting the aesthetic, acoustic or thermal performance, to mention just a few. From standard compositions to the most complex requirements, our dedicated team is there to support you.
FROM DEVELOPMENT TO LAB TESTING
We provide specialist support to our customers and testing partners to find solutions to their system needs through integrating our high-security glazing materials. So, your experience comes first, and flexibility is key. The friendly and knowledgeable team of our PROTECT-range specialists will accompany you to the chosen testing lab and help ensure the best chance for test success. We are accustomed to working in full confidentiality, under Non-Disclosure Agreement, to ensure the secrecy of your test assembly.
Over the years, we have built trusted partnerships with leading official testing laboratories all over the world, who test the full system developed according local regulations. The test results they issue can contribute to a solid basis for national & international certification strategies.