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Mississippi’s “Statewide” Building Code Takes Effect This Summer

  Mississippi’s lack of a statewide building code was a hot topic of discussion in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, the state has had ongoing dialogue on how to make the highly vulnerable area safer structurally. This year, those efforts have made their way onto legal paper. Come August, a new set of building codes will be put in effect in Mississippi, as governor Phil Bryant signed legislation last month implementing … Continue reading

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View the May Newscast for Hurricane Highlights

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.

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Cracking The Code

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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Vetrotech Introduces Impact-Resistant Curtainwall Door System

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

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Two Masterminds: Academia and Industry Team up to Change the Way Impact Products are Designed

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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On the Safe Side: Safe Rooms Don’t Have to be Windowless

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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First Responders: Good Suppliers Keep Emergency Repairers Moving

Glass shops are often on the frontlines helping people after a natural disaster turns windows and storefronts to many tiny pebbles of broken tempered glass. But how do glass shops in some of the country’s most vulnerable areas, from Tornado Alley to the coastal hurricane zones, protect their wares from such disasters so that they themselves are ready for the uptick in business that’s likely to come? There’s no secret to storing inventory, according to … Continue reading

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Impact-Resistant Glass Plays a Key Role in Rebuilding Joplin’s Hospital

Keeping powerful winds out of any building structure is one of the most important objectives when riding out the storm—be it a hurricane or tornado. Failure to do so could often mean the difference between life or death. “Having windows that can withstand a storm and keep out the winds is a huge deal,” says Gary Pulsipher, president of Mercy Hospital Joplin, formerly St. John’s in Joplin, Mo. “Once you get those crazy winds inside … Continue reading

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Laminated Glass Might Have Saved Lives in the Philippines

There was no stopping one of the most powerful storms ever recorded when it slammed into the Philippines on Friday, leaving thousands dead and displacing millions more. But the swath of death and destruction from Typhoon Haiyan might have been mitigated at least somewhat had the use of laminated glass been more prevalent in the South Pacific island country, says Rick De La Guardia, president and founder of DLG Engineering Inc. “Laminated glass is composed … Continue reading

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LSU’s LaHouse Stands as a Resource for Hurricane- and Flood-Resistant Design

Claudette Reichel knows there’s not much we can do about Mother Nature’s fury, but she says the kind of hurricane-proof and wind- and flood-resistant design that can be found at the LaHouse Resource Center’s demonstration home on the campus of Louisiana State University (LSU) is proof enough that we can at least lessen the damage. “Safety, of course, is the most important thing,” says Reichel, the director of LSU’s AgCenter LaHouse in Baton Rouge, “but … Continue reading

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