The interest of engineers, architects and of the market in general in glass as a construction material has led to an increase of its popularity, since it creates the illusion of wide spaces with natural lighting and it can be used as the facade of buildings, creating a sense of transparency.
Laminated safety glazing has contributed in the expansion of the use of glass in buildings, since it can cover much larger spaces, in higher buildings, while maintaining high levels of safety performance.
At VAS GLASS laminated glass is manufactured under certification (CE marked), according to the European standards EN 12543 and EN 14449, under the brand-name VAS-SAFE, out of a combination of two, three (triplex glass) or more glass panes with interlayers of various types.
The mechanical properties, as well as other properties of the laminated glass, can be adjusted (by managing the width and the number of the membranes and the antivandal glass panes) in order to satisfy the special needs of each type of application, the most demanding clients, as well as in order to function as a multifaceted structural material. Applications vary and can be classified according to the needs of the clients which they can satisfy.
Indicatively, there are the following general categories of applications:
- Railings, balustrades in balconies and staircases
- Interior partitions
- Shower cabins
- Doors, folding doors
- Glass panes
- Shop windows
- Means of transportation
Of course, applications are not limited to those mentioned above, but extend to all other applications requiring the technical characteristics of laminated safety glazing, which can satisfy additional architectural needs including the following:
- Energy efficiency
- UV Protection
- Sound control
- Protection from climatic events
- Protection against theft and vandalism
- Ballistic resistance
- Blast resistance
- Fire resistance
The principal safety and protection characteristic of VAS GLASS laminated glass, branded as VAS-SAFE, is that upon breakage the interlayer that holds the laminated glass bonded, on the one hand prohibits glass shards from dispersing, and on the other hand, in a supported installation, the glass structural integrity is maintained. Therefore, the laminated glass will hold until its replacement.
More specifically, VAS GLASS has focused on the following attack protection glazing categories, as well as on protection from injury.
PROTECTION FROM INJURY FROM LAMINATED GLAZINGS
VAS GLASS, always in compliance with the new European safety regulations, offers laminated glazings in the market with yet another certification (Ce-marked), according to the European standard EN 12600 (pendulum impact test method for the classification of injury risk).
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ACCORDING TO EUROPEAN STANDARD EN 12600
All VAS-SAFE laminated glazings, irrespective of the type of membrane (PVB, SGP, DG41, ACOUSTIC, TPU, SG41), are certified in accordance with European Standard ΕΝ 12600.