ICF Frames Receive Fire Ratings and Comply with Antiterrorism Standards
The NoricF4 is structurally integrated to the cast-in-place ICF concrete wall with an embedded flange around the entire perimeter of door and window openings. The NoricF4 has been shown to satisfy the Unified Facilities Criteria 4-010-01 for both door and window frames and door and window mullions. The UFC Antiterrorism Standard requires building components to adopt and adhere to common criteria and minimum construction standards to mitigate antiterrorism vulnerabilities and terrorist threats.
“There is an increase of government buildings and educational facilities using insulating concrete forms to build structures, with an added importance on safety. It’s important that Reward provides products that meet the stringent requirements for fire ratings and blast protection,” said Kelvin Doerr P.E., vice president of Engineering and Technical Services with Reward.
The allowable levels of protection and standoff distance are summarized in various span tables. A doorframe meets the standard at a maximum size of 96 inches wide and 156 inches high. A window frame meets the standard at maximum width of 72 inches and a height of 156 inches. Door and window mullions openings meet the requirements at a maximum opening size of 72 inches wide and 156 inches high. Additionally, fixed window frames with integral window stops provide the necessary glazing bite for wet glazed (i.e. silicone glazed) windows.
The company designed and created the NoricF4 custom metal frames for doors and windows to further enhance the building envelope required by commercial ICF construction.