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Building With Glass in Hurricane Prone Zones

Codes Protect Buildings From Hurricane Winds and Wind-Borne Debris

There’s a patchwork of codes and test standards in effect today in hurricane prone regions. The first glazing, hurricane-impact standards were adopted in Florida’s Dade, Broward and Monroe counties (1992), by the Texas Department of Insurance (1998) for 14 Texan Gulf communities, the state of Florida (2001), and the 2003 IBC. The 2006, 2009 and 2012 IBCs progressively enhanced hurricane zone requirements, and current codes and standards generally require that the building envelope be designed to resist impact from flying debris and cyclic, fluctuating pressures. Read more…

SAFTI fire Hurricane System Meets Codes

In 2006, SAFTIFIRST was the first company to introduce a complete fire resistive and hurricane rated wall and door assembly up to 2 hours. The SAFTI fire Hurricane system has a maximum design load of +/- 80 psf, complies with Florida’s HVHZ testing standards, has Florida Product Approvals for 60 to 120 minute wall/window assemblies (FL 16382), 60 and 90 minute single and pair doors (FL 1688), and meets ASTM E 1886, ASTM E 1996, TAS 201, 202 and 203 standards. This system has also been tested to Miami Dade standards and is UL listed for Wind-Resistant Building Components (R25144). Read more…