Saint-Gobain has introduced VDS® Fire-Rated Sliding Doors with Touch-Free Access from Vetrotech, S.N. Eisenhower, Managing Director, Glass Solutions, Saint-Gobain India, elaborates on the safety and aesthetic features of the doors

What fire safety solutions is Vetrotech offering?
Vetrotech is the business unit of Saint-Gobain that specializes in fire-safety and high-security glass solutions for buildings. The VDS® Fire-rated Sliding Doors are tested and certified for fire-resistance as per international standards. The system cuts down radiant heat transfer for 120 minutes (EW 120) and can provide thermal insulation for up to 30 minutes (EI 30).

Fire Rated Glass Doors

What are the unique features of VDS® fire-resistant sliding doors?
  • Swiss precision: fire-resistant technology from Switzerland
  • Made using cold-rolled frames from Switzerland
  • Tested and certified in international test labs as per stringent fire-testing standards
  • Made in a state-of-the-art production facility in India for the world
  • Available in a range of colours.
What safety concerns will these doors address in shopping malls, high-rise buildings and in commercial spaces?
Shopping malls, high rise buildings, and commercial offices use fire-resistant sliding doors for their fire safety, strength, and efficiency. According to an ASDI report, 11,037 fire accidents occurred in 2019, and as per the NCRB report, 12,748 accidents were caused due to building fires in 2020. There is thus, a need for superior quality and durable fire-safety solutions that have been tested and certified as per stringent testing standards. Most importantly, these solutions need to offer maximum hygiene and touch-free operation when used in buildings subject to heavy traffic flow.

To meet this requirement, the new VDS® fire-resistant sliding door offers uncompromised fire-safety along with touchless use for greater hygiene.
S.N. Eisenhower, Managing Director, Glass Solutions, Saint-Gobain India
Fire-rated glazed solutions besides being safer, have a minimalistic appearance that gives interiors a modern, aesthetic look, and allows more light into the space

S. N. Eisenhower

Through its contactless operation, the doors ensure maximum hygiene and safety. They are powered by automatic sliding hardware, which eliminates the need to touch the door, thereby preventing the spread of contagious diseases.

What are their areas of application?
VDS® fire-resistant sliding doors are designed for high-traffic, high-density areas such as metro stations, airports, railway stations, the main entrances and lift lobbies in commercial centres, offices, and malls. They are also a solution for wide entrance accessibility in hospitals and data centres.

Fire Rated Glass Doors

How do the doors enhance the aesthetics of the spaces they are installed in?
At Vetrotech, we develop an extensive range of glazing solutions to cater to the latest trends and specific needs of every project’s architectural vision. With this new development of a sliding door, fire-rated glazed solutions are more minimalistic, seamless, and safer than before. The minimalistic appearance of the doors gives a modern, aesthetic look, and increases transparency by allowing more light into the space.