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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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