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Codes, Products Offer Hope for Future

Hurricane season is always on the industry’s radar, but 2017’s activity has propelled it to the top of everyone’s minds. With back-to-back weekends of hurricanes hitting our shores in September, combined with the occurrence of GlassBuild happening in Atlanta at the same time, there has been much discussion on how the industry should proceed. Though rebuilding will take time, those involved in those efforts would do well to consider the codes they adhere to in the process – as well as AAMA-certified impact-resistant fenestration products.

AAMA Member Joe Erb (Quanex Building Products) wrote a great column about building codes for US Glass magazine, in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacting Texas and Florida, respectively.

Writes Erb:

“History offers some perspective here. In 1992, after Hurricane Andrew decimated huge portions of Florida, a major overhaul of the state’s building codes took place to better prepare structures for storms of similar magnitude in the future.

Irma brought the biggest test to those codes since Andrew. Did they help? The Miami Herald reported that in some instances, the answer might be yes.”

Additionally, this Wall Street Journal reported piece tells the story of a Florida home that was upgraded after 2005’s Hurricane Wilma, to stricter standards. They also they invested in hurricane impact-resistant windows and doors. That house withstood this year’s Irma wrath better than its neighboring homes.

Writes reporters Laura Kusisto and Arian Campo-Flores:

“Ms. Carr credits the more-stringent building code with saving her home and their lives. ‘For anyone who doubts these codes, I invite them to sit in a pre-code structure in a Category 3 storm or higher,’ she said.”

AAMA member companies can inform customers about the importance of choosing the hurricane impact-resistant windows and doors they need for their geographic region. Plus, builders should also take heed when it comes to selecting codes to follow when rebuilding in affected areas. These things combined can help limit potential damage should such an occurrence happen again. Please do your part to share information with customers and others in the industry.

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