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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later

USGNN.com™ went on location to New Orleans to interview a prominent code expert, who explained what the community and code leaders have learned–and how they have changed–10 years post Katrina. Continue reading

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A Perfect Storm

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

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Hurricane Codes: How Much Do You Know?

With hurricane season underway and a major revision of the Florida Building Code on the horizon, the Door and Hardware Institute hosted a webinar on Wednesday to remind members of the fenestration industry about the importance of these coastal construction regulations. Jim Bell, the windstorm coordinator for ASSA ABLOY, said it’s not easy to decipher all the state and local building requirements. “It’s confusing even if you’ve worked in it a long time,” he said … Continue reading

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It’s Almost Hurricane Season; Here’s What You Need to Know

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week – are you ready? The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and runs through November 30, and government agencies and businesses want citizens to arm themselves with knowledge that could save their families and homes. For example, the National Hurricane Center’s website is loaded with information about these dangerous weather events – how they form, the damage they inflict, and how to protect life and property both before and … Continue reading

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Mild Storm Season “Best Time to Get Prepared”

Tropical storm Hannah, which formed and dissipated near the end of October, was the eighth named storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. According to the National Hurricane Center, on average, the eighth storm is typically named by September 24, putting this year’s season more than a month behind pace. And while the six hurricanes formed is on par with the average, their strength and longevity have been weaker than usual. Barring a November push, … Continue reading

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House Passes Bill to Reauthorize National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

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

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AIA Exhibitors Focus on Impact Products and More

Companies taking part in the 2014 AIA National Convention last week had a lot to offer in terms of glass and glazing products. A number of exhibitors focused on architects’ increasing interest in impact products, among various other themes. Watch the video to see more from the show. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

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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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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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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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