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St. Mary’s 911 Center to be Bolstered Against Hurricanes

Excerpt of an article from SoMdNews: The St. Mary’s County 911 center in Leonardtown was built to withstand Category 1 hurricane-force winds, but its roof was not. On Tuesday, the county commissioners agreed to cover a shortfall in order to award a bid to replace the roof this fall to make it more resistant to stronger hurricanes. Continue reading

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Hurricanes on Both Coasts Bring Dangerous Surf

Excerpt of an article from ABC News: Beware of hurricanes straddling the United States even though they may not crash directly into either coast. Continue reading

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Ask Tom: Where Do Hurricanes Strike More Often?

Excerpt of an article from the Chicago Tribune: The archives of the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center indicate that, since 1900, the number of hurricanes making landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States is almost identical to the number striking the Atlantic Coast. Continue reading

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IBHS Launches Fortified Home™-Hurricane Program

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) launched a construction program designed to strengthen homes against the high winds and wind-driven rain of hurricanes. The program, Fortified Home™- Hurricane, was launched in conjunction with the 22nd anniversary of Hurricane Andrew on August 24. “Andrew devastated southern Florida and was the second costliest hurricane to affect the United States based on insured losses,” says Julie Rochman, president and CEO of IBHS. “It changed the … 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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IBHS Meets with White House on Resilience and Mitigation Issues

A group of property/casualty insurance senior executives and CEOs met with senior White House officials last week to discuss resilience, property mitigation and related issues. Julie Rochman, CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a research firm dedicated to making homes more resistant to extreme weather damages, was in attendance. “As the property insurance industry’s building science research arm, IBHS is very focused on mitigating homes and businesses to make them … Continue reading

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IBHS Launches New Program to Create Hurricane-Resistant Homes

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) announced that it is launching a new program called Fortified HomeTM – Hurricane designed to help homeowners build safer, stronger new homes, and retrofit existing homes to make them more resistant to hurricanes. During the last few years, IBHS has conducted pilot projects using the new program in select areas, including Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. The program is now being launched in all coastal areas from … 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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CGI Introduces Targa Windows

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.  

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Florida’s Major Code Overhaul May Have Little Short-Term Impact

Florida glass professionals are watching to see how a big change to their building code will affect glass installation when the updated code goes into effect at the end of the year. This new Florida Building Code (FBC) is based on the model code of the International Building Code 2012 edition, and is scheduled to be approved in June 2014, and takes effect December 2014. “Florida has always been notorious for having a lot of … Continue reading

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