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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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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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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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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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Protecting People First Foundation Documents Hurricane Charley Aftermath

The Protecting People First Foundation has launched an on-site study to document the contribution of impact-resistant glass, hurricane shutters and other protective glazing technologies in preventing injury and property loss as a result of Hurricane Charley. Continue reading

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DuPont Hosts Educational Website on Hurricane-Resistant Construction Practice

The website, www.hurricaneconstruction.net, is part of the Hurricane-Resistant Construction Project, a four-part program sponsored in part by DuPont and designed to educate homebuilders, remodelers and building code officials in Gulf and Atlantic coastal states on hurricane and flood resistant construction codes and best building practices. Continue reading

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