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Hurricane Resistant: Hurricane Resistant StormGlass™Products
Hurricane Resistant StormGlass™
The stringent code requirements of Florida and other coastal regions require that the building envelope be maintained during a hurricane. All elements of the building shell must resist the effects of windborne debris as well as sustained turbulent winds lasting several hours. Extensive research, following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, showed that a breech of the envelope led to internal pressurization of the building. This effectively doubled the forces on major structural elements such as walls and roofs, leading to catastrophic failure. Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope offers hurricane-resistant products that answer these problems.
In independent testing, StormGlass™ met test requirements for large glass sizes up to 50 square feet. That means the freedom to design larger glazed openings while meeting the most stringent building codes for hurricane resistance. StormGlass™ has even been tested in four-sided structural glazed systems.