– Prentice Glass Ltd. –

Technical and consultancy services

As very active members of the Glass and Glazing Federation and FENSA we have access to a wide range of technical resources, data sheets, codes of practice, training, and expert advice. This means for most of our installations we have guidelines that we can work within to quickly specify the products you need and the assurance that you are meeting all relevant standards. When it comes to residential windows and doors, we can self-certify our installations so that you receive a FENSA certificate and that the majority of the time you do not have to worry about liaising with your local planning office.

Despite our access to these standardised documents and services there are always projects that require specific testing, design or technical consultancy. Some of the services that we can offer are listed below.

– Design Consultancy –

Structural and Glass Engineering

As you can see on our website, we have installed some very large pieces of glass that are beyond the realms of pre-specified design in data sheets or harmonised European standards. As a result, we have had to form partnerships with engineers to safely design structural glass assemblies. Design will ensure the glass and supporting framework will meet the load requirements based on the site classification and use.

This covers all types of glass from floor panels, shop fronts, protective barriers and more bespoke concepts of furniture or artistic glass.

Our partnerships with these engineers ensure that we can help create a high-end product from your original concept design, minimising alterations from your visions as much as possible yet ensuring the glazing system meets all relevant standards and confidence in performance by testing simulations using various analytical software applications.

– Design Consultancy –

Structural and Glass Engineering

As you can see on our website, we have installed some very large pieces of glass that are beyond the realms of pre-specified design in data sheets or harmonised European standards. As a result, we have had to form partnerships with engineers to safely design structural glass assemblies. Design will ensure the glass and supporting framework will meet the load requirements based on the site classification and use.

This covers all types of glass from floor panels, shop fronts, protective barriers and more bespoke concepts of furniture or artistic glass.

Our partnerships with these engineers ensure that we can help create a high-end product from your original concept design, minimising alterations from your visions as much as possible yet ensuring the glazing system meets all relevant standards and confidence in performance by testing simulations using various analytical software applications.

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– Testing Consultancy –

Load Testing

In specific situations we have been asked to provide actual load testing on specific installations, either after installation or prior to install on test rigs.

For safety reasons barriers located in and about buildings, as well as external balcony balustrades and partitions are required to meet specific loading requirements specified in GGF Codes of Practice, Building Regulations and Harmonised British and European Standards. There are a lot of products on the market that have already been tested to specific design parameters but when these are not met this is a great way to know with confidence how your design will perform for and glass barrier under BS 6180:2011: barriers in and about buildings code of practice

Compliance is then normally demonstrated by inspection and load/displacement testing of the barrier’s structural elements and/or infill panels as shown in the attached photo.

– Technical Consultancy –

Site Investigation

With many installations being far more complicated, specialised and at high level the cost of panels breaking can be of high costs. In these situations, it can pay to invest in some specific site investigations to determine the cause of glass fracture and where possible prevent further breakages from occuring. We work with a range of consultants, engineers and testing companies that together can find the cause of glass breakage, delamination, insulated glass unit failure and water leakage.

These reports are written by qualified independent witnesses and as seen on the image to the right can help identify exactly why breakages like this occur.

– Technical Consultancy –

Site Investigation

With many installations being far more complicated, specialised and at high level the cost of panels breaking can be of high costs. In these situations, it can pay to invest in some specific site investigations to determine the cause of glass fracture and where possible prevent further breakages from occuring. We work with a range of consultants, engineers and testing companies that together can find the cause of glass breakage, delamination, insulated glass unit failure and water leakage.

These reports are written by qualified independent witnesses and as seen on the image to the right can help identify exactly why breakages like this occur.

– Technical Consultancy –

Regulation 14 Surveys

What is a regulation 14 survey? Well the Health and Safety Executive have listed in The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 that a business must ensure that all windows, and transparent or translucent doors, gates and walls are safe and not at risk of injuring people when under impact.

We can ensure you are meeting your legal requirements by scanning all panels of glass with a digital scanner and providing a report so that you know that the glass on your property has been specified correctly to reduce injury and meeting the specific points of regulation 14. In the event it doesn’t meet the requirements of safety glass we can provide the most cost efefctive way of making sure it does.

14.—(1) Every window or other transparent or translucent surface in a wall or partition and every transparent or translucent surface in a door or gate shall, where necessary for reasons of health or safety—

(a)be of safety material or be protected against breakage of the transparent or translucent material; and

(b)be appropriately marked or incorporate features so as, in either case, to make it apparent.

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