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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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Mississippi’s “Statewide” Building Code Takes Effect This Summer

  Mississippi’s lack of a statewide building code was a hot topic of discussion in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, the state has had ongoing dialogue on how to make the highly vulnerable area safer structurally. This year, those efforts have made their way onto legal paper. Come August, a new set of building codes will be put in effect in Mississippi, as governor Phil Bryant signed legislation last month implementing … Continue reading

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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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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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