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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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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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Florida AG Calls Hurricane Films “a Scam”

Bob Rushing isn’t so sure that Florida attorney general Pam Bondi wasn’t on to something when she recently claimed companies encouraging consumers to install hurricane-resistant films as hurricane protection are running a scam. “Hurricane-resistant and properly-fabricated glass is definitely more cost-effective,” says Rushing, an estimator for Florida-based Elite Glass Co. “Most of the people down here pretty much know that, but Florida is full of lots of retirees and old people. It was kind of … 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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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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