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Unicel combines Vision Control® with Pilkington Pyrostop® glass from TGP for superior, UL fire-rated privacy solution


Product assembly meets demand for fire-rated privacy systems in healthcare environments

MONTREAL, CANADA and SNOQUALMIE, WASH., – November 30, 2010 — Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) announced today the availability of Unicel’s patented Vision Control® louvers-in-glass combined with Pilkington Pyrostop® glazing from TGP - the first such product assembly to achieve Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire protection classification. Vision Control® insulating glass units now incorporate glazing with fire-ratings of 45, 60 and 90 minutes.

“The UL Classified Vision Control® and Pilkington Pyrostop® solution meets a strong demand for fire-rated privacy systems, particularly in healthcare environments,” said Jean-Francois Couturier, CEO of Unicel. “Architects have often struggled with the issue of specifying hygienic privacy control solutions that meet stringent hospital fire-rating requirements. By combining hermetically sealed, adjustable louvers with fire-resistant glazing, we provide a second-to-none solution to address both safety and privacy concerns. No other system provides this level of vision control flexibility with UL Classified fire-resistant glazing.”

The combined Vision Control® and Pilkington Pyrostop® glazing assembly has been UL fire-rated for doors, windows, transoms and sidelights.

“Today’s fire-rated glazing systems greatly expand design flexibility,” added Jeff Razwick, Vice President of Business Development for TGP. “Products like Pilkington Pyrostop® have clarity and aesthetics similar to regular window glass, while providing protection from the high heat of building fires. And, they combine well with other systems such as Unicel’s Vision Control® to offer a range of performance options. ”

Vision Control® is a patented, hermetically sealed glass unit combining louvers within glass that can be customized to virtually any shape for interior or exterior glazing applications. Pilkington Pyrostop® is a fire-rated and impact safety-rated glazing material that blocks radiant heat, helping protect people and valuables on the non-fire side of the glass where heat transfer might be a concern. TGP is the sole North American supplier of Pilkington Pyrostop®.

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About Technical Glass Products

Technical Glass Products (TGP) is your one source for fire-rated glass and framing systems, along with specialty architectural glass products. The company offers AIA registered continuing education, project consultation, product specifications, CAD drawings and rapid-response quoting. For more information about TGP’s products and services, call (800) 426-0279 or visit (fire-rated glass) or (architectural glass).

About Unicel Architectural

For over 45 years, Unicel Architectural has built a reputation for the most advanced aluminum and glass solutions. These solutions encompass louvered glazing, skylights and more, to enhance major global construction initiatives with utmost quality and reliability. With its proprietary technology, Unicel’s Vision Control® delivers unprecedented comfort and control of vision, light, temperature and sound with a patented combination of louvers between glass that are hermetically sealed and cordless. Unicel’s solutions are guaranteed for longevity, optimized for energy efficiency, and customizable to any design, environmental or cultural requirements. Unicel combines its market leading know-how with great design to ensure optimal aesthetics and sustainable performance. For more information visit:


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