ICC-ES Grants Approval for Frameless Hardware Company’s Frameless Glass Railings

The Frameless Hardware Company (FHC) LLC has announced that the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) has granted approval for compliance (ESR-4814) for the company’s entire line of ACHIEVE Frameless Glass Railing Systems.

The Frameless Hardware Company (FHC) LLC, a supplier and manufacturer to the glass and glazing industries, has announced that the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) has granted approval for compliance (ESR-4814) for the company’s entire line of ACHIEVE Frameless Glass Railing Systems. The ICC-ES serves to assist code officials and regulatory bodies in reviewing and approving products for installation. The new report covers the entirety of the system, from substrate attachment to the top rail, giving code/building officials, architects, specifiers and engineers complete confidence in product selection knowing the system meets or exceeds building code requirements. The glazier-friendly innovative railing system has been evaluated for compliance with 2021 and 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC), as well as 2020 City of Los Angeles Building Code (LABC) and Residential Code (LARC) as adopted by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS). The report also covers 2019 California Building Code (CBC) and Residential Code (IRC).

The FHC ACHIEVE Frameless Glass Railing System is the latest progression in installer-friendly ­dry-glaze railing systems. The base shoe system is designed and engineered for heavy glass railings, guardrails and windscreens incorporating monolithic and laminated glass ranging from 1/2- to 1 1/16-inch thickness. A new, thoughtful design delivers a traditional base shoe profile that is 40 percent lighter and incorporates an innovative raceway design that allows glaziers to pre-load exterior (fall side) gaskets. Securing glass panels has been significantly expedited with ACHIEVE’s proprietary Installation Tool and unique pre-assembled shims for fast and easy installation without the need for messy wet cement.

“People often assume that product innovation entails adding features,” says Chris Hanstad, president of FHC. “We’re instead focused on adding value by removing obstacles. Whether it’s in the way products are manufactured and installed, or the path from specification to approval, our design and engineering team is continually finding ways to make tangible advancements on all fronts.”

FHC ACHIEVE Base Shoes are available in 240-inch stock lengths with custom fabrication services available. They are constructed of 6063-T5 Aluminum Alloy and can be used in surface mount, fascia/side mount and recessed mount applications. The company also offers a complete range of cladding, end caps, gaskets, shims, cap rails and handrail options.

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