Wind-Borne Codes: As coastal development and populations increase, damage to property during hurricanes and storms has intensified. A major cause of property damage and injury is the penetration of the building envelope by wind-borne debris caused by powerful wind, rain and internal/external pressure changes.
I'm Still Standing...In 2004 a storm surge ripped-off the entire 2nd floor of this beach front home. Our products made it through the storm. Because of that ... The client could re-build in the same location on the beach.
Defending Against Damage and Devastation, Protecting Property and People . . . Is smart and necessary as a growing list of Coastal States mandate the use of IMPACT resistant products in Wind-Borne Debris Regions.
The original name lists featured only women's names. In 1979, men's names were introduced and they alternate with the women's names. In the event that more than 21 named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek Alphabet : Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and so on
IMPACT CODE REQUIREMENTS
If you are located in a 120 mph wind zone you are likely to be required to have some form of impact protection.*
Typically, if your WinDows or Sliding Glass Doors are between ground level and 30 feet in height you will be required to use products that have passed the large missile requirements for wind-borne debris. Anything over 30 feet in height will require products that have passed small missile requirements.
A Note To Remember...
A product that meets the large missile standard can be used where the lesser small missile standard is required, but a small missile product can not be used where a large missile product is required.
Windborne Debris Regional Maps
Significant Changes to 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC)
As many states move toward adoption of the 2006 IBC/IRC, be aware of the following significant changes to the codes.
No Partially enclosed design options
Plywood shutters must be attached to structural frame systems
Windows and doors must be labeled for impact resistance (IRC)
Hurricane resistant construction begins at 100 mph instead of 110 mph (IRC)
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For Miami-Dade Building Codes you can go to their website at : www.miamidade.gov/buildingcode