Excerpt of an article from 2 First: Tropical Storm Kate has strengthened as it pulls away from the Bahamas this morning. Continue reading
Excerpt of an article from the Chron: Last month, more than a dozen men flew into the eye of Hurricane Patricia, the strongest storm ever recorded in the western hemisphere. Continue reading
Excerpt of an article from the Palm Beach Post: National Hurricane Center forecasters are now predicting that Tropical Storm Kate will gain hurricane status by tomorrow, ramping up to winds of 75 mph. Continue reading
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
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