Fixed Railing System Provides Fall Protection Around Roof Hatches

The BILCO Co. has introduced its BIL-Guard 2.0, which, like its predecessor, is a fixed railing system that provides a permanent means of fall protection around roof-hatch openings.

The BILCO Co. has introduced its BIL-Guard 2.0, which, like its predecessor, is a fixed railing system that provides a permanent means of fall protection around roof-hatch openings.

The BILCO Co. has introduced its BIL-Guard 2.0, which, like its predecessor, is a fixed railing system that provides a permanent means of fall protection around roof-hatch openings. The new model boasts aluminum construction for increased strength and rigidity, a redesigned self-closing hinge and positive latching system, and stainless-steel hardware throughout. The product is available in mill-finish aluminum and with a safety-yellow powder-coat paint finish. Compliant with OSHA fall-protection standards, the BIL-Guard 2.0 features a mounting system that does not penetrate the roof membrane.

Safety Railing System Provides Fall Protection around Roof Hatch Openings

The BILCO Co. has introduced the BIL-Guard 2.0, the second generation of its safety railing system.

The BILCO Co. has introduced the BIL-Guard 2.0, the second generation of its safety railing system.

The BILCO Co. has introduced the BIL-Guard 2.0, the second generation of its safety railing system. The BIL-Guard 2.0, like its predecessor, is a fixed railing system that provides a permanent means of fall protection around roof hatch openings. The new and improved model will be available this summer and boasts aluminum construction for increased strength and rigidity, a redesigned self-closing hinge and positive latching system, and stainless steel hardware throughout. The product is available in mill finish aluminum and with a safety yellow powder-coat paint finish.

Also compliant with OSHA fall protection standards (29 CFR 1910.23), the BIL-Guard 2.0 features an innovative mounting system that does not penetrate the roofing membrane. The new system is easy to install and does not require special training or certification for proper installation. The design features quick-mount curb brackets for a fast, secure attachment and pivoting mounting sleeves with compression fittings to lock the railing system into place. The BIL-Guard 2.0 is also equipped with a standard self-closing gate to maintain continuous fall protection to ensure that OSHA compliance is preserved.

Roof Hatch Is Designed to Provide Energy Efficiency

The Bilco Co. has introduced a thermally broken roof hatch.

The Bilco Co. has introduced a thermally broken roof hatch.

The Bilco Co. has introduces a thermally broken roof hatch, an addition to its line of commercial specialty access products. This new product features a thermally broken frame and cover design to minimize heat transfer and the effects of condensation and to provide energy efficiency.

As a basic premise to energy loss, heat by nature wants to flow to a cooler space. During summer months, heat from the extremely hot roof exterior wants to radiate through the roof hatch into the cooler building interior. While standard roof-hatch insulation helps to reduce this heat gain, the metal construction of the roof hatch itself facilitates this temperature transfer, which can lead to increased utility costs and condensation issues on the underside of the roof hatch. In winter or colder months, this same energy transfer principle results in heat loss from inside the building and increased energy expenses, as well.

Bilco¹s new thermally broken roof hatch is designed with an element of low conductivity integrated between interior and exterior surfaces of the cover and frame to reduce temperature transfer. As an added benefit, these same thermally broken components dampen vibration for improved acoustic performance against outside noise. The product also features 3 square feet of polyisocyanurate insulation with an R-value of 18 in both the cover and curb for superior energy performance and a special cover gasket to minimize air leakage.

Thermally broken roof hatches are constructed of aluminum to attain high levels in recycled content and solar reflective index. The product will be offered in a number of standard single-leaf sizes and custom sizes can be specified. As with all Bilco’s roof hatches, the product features counter-balanced lift assistance for easy one-hand operation, an automatic hold-open arm, a heavy-duty slam latch with interior and exterior padlock hasps, and the innovative Bil-Clip flashing system for quick and easy installation on single-ply roofs.

Roof Hatches Available in a Powder Coat Finish

Bilco has made its roof hatches available with a factory-applied powder coat paint finish.

Bilco has made its roof hatches available with a factory-applied powder coat paint finish.

Bilco has made its roof hatches available with a factory-applied powder coat paint finish. The durable finish, which is available in four standard colors, as well as custom options, extends product service life. The powder coat eliminates the time and expense required for field painting. Bilco’s in-house process offers reduced cost and lead-time.

Free Catalog about Natural Ventilation Products

The Bilco Co., a manufacturer of specialty access products, has released its new 2014 Colt Natural Ventilation Products Catalog, detailing Colt’s line of natural ventilation and smoke and fire control products for the commercial markets. The catalog is available free of charge by calling (800) 366-6530, emailing commercial@bilco.com or downloading it.

Bilco partnered with Colt, a United Kingdom-based manufacturer of smoke and natural ventilation products, earlier this year and now serves as the company’s distributor of natural ventilation and smoke control products in North America. The Natural Ventilation Products Catalog features a user-friendly layout, complete with information on the benefits of and the products and options available.

Natural ventilation is becoming an increasingly important design strategy for commercial buildings, particularly in GREEN building design. With careful design, buildings can be cheaper to maintain and operate and the addition of fresh air and natural daylight creates a more pleasant and productive working environment for building occupants. Colt’s products provide an innovative and attractive solution for design professionals and building owners.

CSI Specifications Available for Colt Natural Ventilation Products

New Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) three-part specifications have been developed for Colt natural ventilation products and are currently available online, making it much easier for building design professionals to specify these new products.

CSI is an organization that keeps and changes the standardization of construction language as it pertains to building specifications. CSI provides structured guidelines for specification writing and its MasterFormat serves as the organizational structure for building products in the construction to help architects, engineers, owners, contractors, and manufacturers classify how products are typically used.

CSI 3-Part Specifications are available for Colt natural ventilation products and can be found and downloaded from the Download Center on the Bilco/Colt website.

Add a Glazed Natural Ventilator to the Roof

Colt Group</a>'s Firelight glazed natural ventilator

Colt Group’s Firelight glazed natural ventilator

Colt Group‘s Firelight glazed natural ventilator installs easily in a glass atrium or directly onto the roof of a building. This dual-purpose product provides buildings with day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire. Firelight is available in single- or double-leaf design and with control options for automated climate control in a building. This innovative product is now available from The Bilco Company in all North American markets.

Naturally ventilated buildings are generally less expensive to construct and maintain than those that are mechanically ventilated alone. They offer a lower environmental impact through reduced energy demand, which results in lower emissions of carbon dioxide and other combustion products. Further, the addition of fresh air and natural daylight creates a more pleasant, productive, and healthy working environment for building occupants.

Firelight glazed natural ventilators are designed for high aerodynamic, acoustic and thermal performance. The product provides ventilation for most kinds of industrial and commercial buildings and is particularly suited for installation into atriums and glazing systems.

The Firelight is available in several standard designs, each offering a unique appearance and performance to meet the design requirements of any building. Models are available in single or double-leaf construction that can be specified with a powder coat finish to complement or blend into any roof exterior. The product features a thermally broken design to minimize heat loss for reduced carbon emissions into the environment and maximum energy efficiency.

In addition to the standard manual operation, the Firelight can be specified for electric or pneumatic operation and set to open and close as required for proper mixed mode ventilation. With a small initial investment, these systems can provide a highly energy-efficient solution to maintain a good internal climate, low humidity levels and extremely low running and maintenance costs. In addition to climate control, the Firelight control options allow the product to be used as a smoke control system in an emergency situation. These systems save lives by providing smoke-free escape and access routes for building occupants and improving visibility to aid firefighting efforts. They also protect building contents from smoke damage and reduce the overall risk of damage to the building.

Firelight glazed natural ventilators are custom-fabricated to meet virtually any size or building ventilation requirements. Products feature aluminum construction and are available with a number of cover and finish options.

Automatic Smoke Vents Receive UL Approval

The Bilco Co.’s Type SV Single Leaf Automatic Smoke Vents, available with a metal cover or a domed polycarbonate cover for natural daylighting, have received UL 793, “Automatically Operated Roof Vents for Smoke and Heat”, approval. The vents are designed to open automatically in the event of a fire to remove smoke, heat and gases from a burning building. This improves IAQ and visibility inside the building to allow occupants to escape and firefighters to do their job.