Morley Glass & Glazing has become the first company in the UK to achieve a fire-rating accreditation for its insulated glass units with integral blinds inside.
The fire rated Uni-Blinds sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside now comply with the performance criteria set out in the EU 305/2011 Construction Products Regulation, and have been independently verified by TUV UK, a UKAS accredited third party testing house.
Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing said: “There are more than 300 fire-related deaths and more than 200,000 fire alarms raised in the UK every year. With recent high-profile incidents such as Grenfell Tower, it’s more important than ever that the correct building materials are specified. Our sealed units with integral blinds inside are manufactured in the UK using fire safety glass from Pyroguard and can deliver 30 to 120 minutes integrity and insulation fire-resistance.”
This latest innovation from Morley Glass & Glazing gives architects and specifiers design flexibility and peace of mind that glass partitions, facades, doors and windows that require fire protection, can now feature integral or “between glass” blinds, without compromising safety or aesthetics.
Used widely in schools, hospitals, hotels, offices and other commercial buildings, as well as multi-let residential premises, the fire-rated integral blinds can be manufactured in sealed units up to 2m2 in size. The integral blinds are available in a choice of manual or motorised control options, and are popular due to the fact that the blinds, which are housed between the panes of glass, are protected from damage, remain clean and hygienic, are low maintenance, provide privacy and shading, and are available in a wide range of colours.