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Air Louvers FAQ

Why are We Seeing Traditional Wired Glass Being Phased Out?

The International Building Code (IBC) Code has changed to meet Category I or II standards in "Hazardous Locations" that are subject to human impact. Depending on the size of the vision area in those locations, traditional wired glazing may not provide the impact resistance now required. Many other non-wired glazing selections which are both fire-rated and CAT II-rated for use in hazardous locations.products now meet the needs.  Wired glazing is not completely banned - it is still allowable in non-hazardous locations such as transoms. See Chapter 24 of the IBC for a list of designated as "hazardous locations". 
Here is a link to an informative article on why non-filmed wire glass is being phased out in Hazardous Locations.

Do Any of Your Products Qualify for LEED Credits?
Yes, most of our products qualify for at least one type of LEED credit. Aluminum, Stainless Steel and CRS products all contain pre and post consumer Recycled Content. Products that are painted by our no-VOC's powder coating process qualify for the Low Emitting Materials credit. Most Air Louvers products are manufactured in Commerce California, so installations within a 500 mile radius also qualify for Regional Materials credit. Additionally, we are now making some custom-sized vision lites in Bloomington Minnesota. Ask at the time of order if your order will be from Minnesota or California.

PYRAN Platinum F glazing by SaftiFirst is the worlds only fire-rated glass ceramic made without hazardous chemical process. PYRAN qualifies for the LEED "ID" Credit, is Cradle-to-Cradle Certified by MBDC, and is an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Product (EPP) for government buildings.

See the LEED Information Pages for complete, detailed information.
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Do you have any Hurricane-Rated products?
Yes, we have 3 hurricane/high wind velocity approved vision lites and 1 louver. These are listed and labeled by Intertek/Warnock Hersey, Inc., a nationally-recognized testing laboratory (NRTL) approved by OSHA. VLFEZHRC VLFIGHRC 1500A-HRC VLFIGHRC-F. All of the vision frames include the appropriately-labelled glazing to meet hurricane-zone codes.

The VLFEZ-HRC and VLFIGHRC-F vision lites, and 1500A-HRC Louver with Security Grille have been approved by the Florida Building Code for installation in appropriately-rated assemblies. 

See individual data pages for information on testing standards.
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How do I know if you received my order?
When an order is entered, a copy is automatically emailed to the email provided on your account. For the best service when ordering, we strongly suggest that you use orders@activarcpg.com instead of faxing as you will be provided an email acknowledgment.
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What is the advantage of purchasing a “PAK” vs each component separately?
The PAK’s include the vision kit and correctly sized glass with the glazing for a 10B installation already applied. Each PAK is individually-packaged, reducing the opportunity for breakage, your time to assemble and allowing you to re-ship a complete package to your customer by simply re-labeling the box. Door manufacturers and contractors find that each box can be labeled for installation with the exact door number, cutting down on mistakes.
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How do I know which glass to select for my door lite?
Use the Glass Selection Table to find a product by the “ Minute Rating”, then go to the 2nd page for more detailed information about each product. There you will find information about the maximum exposed glass size based on what type of door you have, safety and radiant heat barrier ratings, listings and which Air Louvers lite kit each type of glass will fit.
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Why do you use an electrostatic powder coat painting process for your lite kits and louvers?
Air Louvers uses this process because by electrically-charging the metal part, the paint is attracted to every surface, effectively sealing the part with a complete coating vs. a sprayed on paint that only partially covers the surface. The other reason is that this is the most environmentally-conservative process that is applied without VOC’s and employs a paint recovery and reuse system. No VOC’s are emitted from the finished product.  Most products are available in a choice of colors at no additional charge.
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Can I still use wire glass in door lites?
Swinging Doors are considered "Hazardous Locations" according to SECTION 2406.3 of the International Building Code, and require CAT II-rated glazing. Locations other than doors may not be required to have CAT II rating. Please consult your local (AHJ) Authority Having Jurisdiction to determine appropriate standards.

Air Louvers offers Wire-Shield glass which is fabricated with a safety film on one side, providing Category II protection, plus many other non-wired glazing selections which are both fire-rated and CAT II-rated for use in hazardous locations. Use the Glass Selection Table to view product information.
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Do I Need to Use Fire-Rated Glazing Tape on Air Louvers Vision Lites?
Air Louvers vision lites do not require glazing tape for installation EXCEPT WHEN MEETING UL10C ON SOME MODELS OF VISION FRAMES, however, we recommend application of 1/16" PVC glazing tape to reduct breakage caused by metal to glass contact. See installation instructions for complete information.
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When do I need an IG kit?
An IG kit is required for glazing that is greater than ¼" thick, or for non-standard thickness doors.

There are 3 Air Louvers IG Kits:

VSIG is for glazing 5/16" to 1-1-1/16" thick in doors up to 3" thick.

VLFEZIG is for glazing 5/16" to 1-11/16" thick in 1-3/8" to 2-1/2" thick doors.

VLF-IG is for glazing 5/16" to 1-11/16" thick in 1" to 3" doors. The VLF-IG can be customized for special shapes, glass thicknesses and door sizes.

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What kits can be leadlined?
The VLF and VLF-EZ lite kits can be leadlined as an option. Leaded glazing is also available upon request. See page G11 in the catalog.  Many models of louvers can also be leadlined.
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What is the difference between 10B and 10C lite kits in doors?

The 10B lite kit is typical of most installations for use in locations where fire resistance of a specified duration is required.

The 10C lite kit is used when a positive pressure installation is required. Additional intumescent glazing is required in this installation to provide a complete seal between the glass and the door frame in case of a fire. These methods of fire tests are applicable to swinging door assemblies, including door frames with lights and panels, of various materials and types of construction for use in wall openings to retard the passage of fire. The method does not provide an evaluation of a swinging door assembly when that assembly is part of a larger assembly (e.g. sliding fire door assembly), or when it is intended to be used as an elevator entrance.

Consult your local AHJ for compliance with the codes in your area.
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What are the most durable finishes on the vision lite kits and louvers?
Optional finishes for each model are listed on the submittal and may include: Galvanized sheet for exterior use (not available on moveable louvers), electro-galvanized steel for exterior use, stainless steel construction for exterior, medical or corrosive environments.
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Why didn’t I get my acknowledgement?
When an order is entered, an acknowledgement is automatically emailed to the number provided on your account. To check which email number we have on file for you, contact customer service. For the best service when ordering, we strongly suggest that you use orders@activarcpg.com instead of faxing as you will be provided an email acknowledgment.   

Can I view my Quotes, Orders and Invoices online?
Sign up for the free Online Customer Portal where you can Login to view and print your Quotes, Orders and Invoices.   Contact Neil Huntington at nwhuntington@activarcpg.com to enroll.

What is my price? Multiplier?
Your price is determined by your manufacturer’s representative. Click here to contact your representative. Or call customer service at 800-554-6077 and speak to your representative.
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What is the freight allowed policy?
Air Louvers Inc, will ship freight-allowed on shipments valued at $2,500.00 net or more for destinations within the continental US.
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Are metal edges fire rated?
Door Edges and Astragals can be ordered & labeled with a 1-1/2 Hour WH Rating.
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Do we have bullet resistant glass?
Yes, Bullet-Resistant Glass or   Bullet-Resistant Polycarbonate and other specialty glass is priced upon application. See page G12 in the catalog.
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What are Your Lead times?
See the Stock List for products from one of our many locations where we stock our most popular products for 2-4 day shipping. Lead times on other products can vary. Expedited service at extra cost on items not in stock is available as follows: On certain non-stock items, we offer a seven working day ship program for an additional charge of 15% or $15.00, whichever is greater.  The order must be received by 12 pm Central Time for that day to count as day one AND MARKED “QUICK SHIP”.   If the order is received after 12 pm Central Time, the following day will be counted as day one
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