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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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Hurricane-Prone Florida Among States Lauded for Strengthened Building Codes

Tammy Solomon doesn’t think the statute that requires wind- and impact-resistant glass for exterior glass doors and windows throughout most of Florida should be a one-size-fits-all mandate. Jacksonville-based First Coast Glass and Repair, says flying debris is hardly the primary worry for her many clients who live on or near a beach in the state’s northeast corridor. “Flying debris isn’t much of a concern when you live 100 feet off the ocean, so I’d hate … Continue reading

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Florida AG Calls Hurricane Films “a Scam”

Bob Rushing isn’t so sure that Florida attorney general Pam Bondi wasn’t on to something when she recently claimed companies encouraging consumers to install hurricane-resistant films as hurricane protection are running a scam. “Hurricane-resistant and properly-fabricated glass is definitely more cost-effective,” says Rushing, an estimator for Florida-based Elite Glass Co. “Most of the people down here pretty much know that, but Florida is full of lots of retirees and old people. It was kind of … Continue reading

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NBC Filming Concluded at Architectural Testing Inc.

NBC filming for Hurricane Week that begins on August 5 on The Weather Channel concluded at Architectural Testing Inc. (ATI) in York, Pa. The filming highlighted the differences between hurricane and non-hurricane rated doors and windows. “Testing the various levels of hurricane and non-hurricane rated products shows the dramatic differences in the performance characteristics of these products,” says senior product engineer of product testing Mike Stremmel at the conclusion of filming. “Capturing the effects of … Continue reading

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Up-Close Look at Hurricane Research

How do you know how your products would perform in a category 5 hurricane or an E4 tornado? USGlass magazine gives the first-ever look at one weather testing machine that can offer some of these answers in this month’s newscast. Tara Taffera, vice president of editorial services and editor of USGlass’ sister publication, DWM magazine, recently visited the University of Florida to interview hurricane expert Dr. Forrest Masters and Henry Upjohn, CEO of Special-Lite Inc., … Continue reading

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IBHS Calls on Congress to Re-Enact National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

As hurricane season gets underway and the East Coast eyes Tropical Storm Andrea, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) called on Congress this week to re-authorize the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) through a current proposed resolution, H.R. 1786. IBHS officials spoke during a joint hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittees on Research and Technology. “Given the broad geographic threat of windstorms, the frequency of events, and the … Continue reading

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President Signs Disaster Relief Appropriations Act to Assist in Rebuilding Efforts After Sandy

President Obama signed a bill on Tuesday that is designed to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Northeast in October 2012. H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. The bill was introduced in the House on January 4 and is now public law. It could assist glass companies in the area with its small-business provisions and could also create business as the area works to rebuild many structures damaged in the … Continue reading

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Irene Damages Still Being Assessed

By Sahely Mukerji Glass and glazing companies along the East Coast have re-opened shop today, after Hurricane Irene left estimated several billion dollars in damages, as it barreled up north along the coast over the weekend. On August 28, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency began its damage review of states affected by the hurricane that left at least 11 people dead, according to a Reuters report. “We have seen no major damages in South … Continue reading

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