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Excerpt of an article from the Bahamas Weekly: South Florida residents gave $15,000 towards Hurricane Joaquin Relief. Consul General Ricardo Treco, Bahamas Consulate, Miami, Florida presented a cheque for $15,000 from the people of South Florida to the National Emergency Management Agency towards Hurricane Joaquin Relief. The presentation was made Monday, February 1, 2016 at the Department of Immigration, Hawkins Hill. Continue reading

Excerpt of an article from Virtual Strategy Magazine: Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) says the 2016 and 2017 Atlantic hurricane seasons will be the strongest in over 4 years, and have the most United States hurricane landfalls since 11 were experienced during the destructive seasons of 2004 and 2005. Continue reading

Excerpt of an article from the Daily Examiner: It might have lasted for only a minute but for Palmers Island residents who experienced Saturday’s frightening storm that was more than enough. Continue reading

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Named after an Old English word for shield, CGI has introduced Targa, a vinyl impact window with both Miami Dade and Florida building code approvals. The energy-efficient, impact-resistant vinyl windows were specifically designed for the Florida impact market and act as shields to safeguard homes and families with strength, security and style, according to the company.  

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain has launched the Vetrotech HI System, an assembly of high-strength VDS® curtainwall and door profiles and Contraflam® HI glazing. According to the company, the system has a built-in curtainwall, designed with hurricane impact resistance. The system was created to allow architects, glaziers and facility managers to bypass installation and maintenance of costly shutters, according to the company. Vetrotech HI was tested to meet ASTM E 1996, ASTM E 1886 and ASTM E 330, … Continue reading

Impact window fabricators have had a hard road in recent years in educating the marketplace that a safe room isn’t only safe when there is no glass connecting frightened occupants to the natural disaster storming outside. Today, options do exist for tornado-rated windows, and more designers are beginning to take a serious look at incorporating safe room standards into the sunlit rooms being used on a daily basis. “We remind designers and owners that people … Continue reading

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New construction in hurricane- and tornado-prone areas of the United States uses high-impact-rated glazing to meet stringent codes, and has for some time. Yet most existing buildings in those regions have had to upgrade their fenestration. And in areas preserving their historic allure, the latter can be challenging. An Impactful Study A large-scale renovation to a historic school campus in Charleston, S.C., which re-opened as the Rivers Education Center in 2013, meant a complete gutting … Continue reading

With summer around the corner, many glass companies and homeowners alike are already looking toward hurricane season and impact products. Learn the latest predictions anticipated for hurricane season and view some impact testing conducted by manufacturers. This week is also Hurricane Preparedness Week–is your business prepared? Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

Building professionals are often quick to point out that the building codes are the weakest degree to which a building legally can be built. That is one reason programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards are so popular: they give guidance for achieving a higher level of building efficiency and make it popular for builders and owners to go beyond what is required. That’s also a reason why the Insurance Institute for … Continue reading

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