Emirates Glass and Schott officials at the signing ceremony.

Emirates Glass, one of the leading processors of architectural flat glass in the Middle East and wholly owned by Dubai Investments, has signed a deal with the international technology group Schott to provide architects in the Middle East and beyond with high-performance glazing that combines fire-resistance and design freedom in a unique way.

The new offering, with its rich colour nuances and abundance of patterns, opens attractive possibilities for fire-resistant glazing of facades, partition walls, skylights, rooflights, doors and windows that meet international safety requirements, says the Dubai-based company.

Emirates Glass and Schott, a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on specialty glass, offer multifunctional, laminated and insulation glass types that are EN (European) and UL (Underwriter Laboratories) certified and deliver barrier times of up to 120 minutes. The portfolio includes high-performance glass types like Pyran and Pyranova and is suited for facades and roof glazing due to their stability upon exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, fluctuations in temperature and direct sunlight. In combination with other functional glass for double-glazing constructions, these fire-resistant glasses also fulfil energy-efficiency requirements.

“Modern architects and planners strive to make every building unique by integrating latest designs and products. This new innovative fire-resistant glass from Emirates Glass and Schott paves the way for contemporary designs, maximising natural light and creating more open and connected interiors,” says Rizwanulla Khan, Executive President, Emirates Glass.

“This fire-resistant glazing is a step forward in enhancing the creativity, fulfilling requirements of fire protection authorities. Opening the possibility of revolutionary viewing options, these glass series offer a wide range of individual solutions, ensuring maximum flexibility to meet complex demands,” he adds.

The fire-resistant specialty glass supplied by Schott will be processed and distributed by Emirates Glass, with the aim of facilitating high-quality glazing in short lead times. Different to standard safety glass – although offering some of the same high strength properties – fire-resistant glazing has been rigorously tested to ensure it can withstand the temperatures reached during a fire and offer effective protection for a stated period, says Emirates Glass.