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View the May Newscast for Hurricane Highlights

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.

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Cracking The Code

Building professionals are often quick to point out that the building codes are the weakest degree to which a building legally can be built. That is one reason programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards are so popular: they give guidance for achieving a higher level of building efficiency and make it popular for builders and owners to go beyond what is required. That’s also a reason why the Insurance Institute for … Continue reading

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Two Masterminds: Academia and Industry Team up to Change the Way Impact Products are Designed

What if it was possible to calculate the exact windspeeds that occurred during Hurricane Katrina, take that info back to a lab, and apply those storm conditions to your products to see how they perform? This isn’t an ASTM test that would replay hurricane speeds for a specified time. This is a “real storm,” that can replicate a hurricane (or tornado) in its entirety in both duration and strength—a test that could introduce real-world conditions … Continue reading

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Impact-Resistant Glass Plays a Key Role in Rebuilding Joplin’s Hospital

Keeping powerful winds out of any building structure is one of the most important objectives when riding out the storm—be it a hurricane or tornado. Failure to do so could often mean the difference between life or death. “Having windows that can withstand a storm and keep out the winds is a huge deal,” says Gary Pulsipher, president of Mercy Hospital Joplin, formerly St. John’s in Joplin, Mo. “Once you get those crazy winds inside … Continue reading

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How to Make a Hurricane-Resistant Building

The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which runs June 1 through November 30, NOAA is predicting 12 to 18 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes with winds … Continue reading

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Industry Makes Strides With Hurricane-Resistant Products

This guide to new products could make significant impacts in protecting against damage from wind and debris. Impact-resistant products listed here are meeting stringent building codes that are now taking effect in low-lying and wind-prone communities. Continue reading

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A Hurricane By Many Other Names International Hurricane Glazing Standards and Systems Come of Age

Hurricane, typhoon or cyclone—three terms for the same storm event, depending on its location in the world. In the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and east of the International Date Line in the northern Pacific, the term used is “hurricane.” West of the International Date Line in the northern Pacific Ocean it’s “typhoon,” and in the far southwest Pacific Ocean and in the Indian Ocean it’s “cyclone.” Continue reading

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