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The House of Representatives passed a bill this week that calls for an amendment of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2004. The bill, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2013 (H.R. 1786), authorizes funding for increased research to reduce the vulnerability of homes and businesses to wind-related hazards. The bill was voted on in the House Monday and passed to the Senate Tuesday. “When a family loses their home in a … Continue reading

A group of property/casualty insurance senior executives and CEOs met with senior White House officials last week to discuss resilience, property mitigation and related issues. Julie Rochman, CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a research firm dedicated to making homes more resistant to extreme weather damages, was in attendance. “As the property insurance industry’s building science research arm, IBHS is very focused on mitigating homes and businesses to make them … Continue reading

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) announced that it is launching a new program called Fortified HomeTM – Hurricane designed to help homeowners build safer, stronger new homes, and retrofit existing homes to make them more resistant to hurricanes. During the last few years, IBHS has conducted pilot projects using the new program in select areas, including Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. The program is now being launched in all coastal areas from … 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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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

What if it was possible to calculate the exact windspeeds that occurred during Hurricane Katrina, take that info back to a lab, and apply those storm conditions to your products to see how they perform? This isn’t an ASTM test that would replay hurricane speeds for a specified time. This is a “real storm,” that can replicate a hurricane (or tornado) in its entirety in both duration and strength—a test that could introduce real-world conditions … Continue reading

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