Volume 42, Issue 7 - July 2007

Packing a Punch
Industry Makes Strides With Hurricane-Resistant Products 

As coastal communities along the Atlantic Seaboard prepare for another hurricane season, 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. Read on to find out what the industry is offering this year. More product information is available online at www.usglassmag.com.

Glazing Assembly Meets Tough Hurricane Tests
SAFTI FIRST, Fire Rated Glazing Solutions™ in San Francisco is offering an advanced glazing system that the company says is ideal for use along the Gulf Coast and other hurricane-prone regions where wind-borne debris, water penetration and fire rating is a concern. SAFTIfire Frames-Hurricane is a fire- and hurricane-rated glazing assembly that has passed Miami-Dade large missile, wind cyclone and water penetration tests. Using SuperLite II-XL as the basis of its design development, this fire-resistive, temperature-rise system is available in 60-, 90- and 120-minute doors and transparent walls and meets ASTM E119 for protection from dangerous radiant heat. www.safti.com

Vistawall Offers Impact-Resistant Curtainwalls
Vistawall Architectural Products, in Terrell, Texas, has created a new curtainwall system that meets the demanding requirements of South Florida and the International Building Codes. The StormMax™ HR-250 and HR-251 accommodates 9⁄16-inch to 5⁄8-inch monolithic glass and the HR-251 impact-resistant curtainwall system fits 1 ¼-inch to 1 5⁄16-inch insulating impact glass. Both curtainwall systems offer a dry-glaze option for large- and small-missile impact. They are also available with MS-375 impact-resistant entrance doors, up to 84 by 96 inches. The StormMax systems have been tested to meet full compliance with Florida building codes. www.vistawall.com 

EFCO Delivers High-Performance Sliding Glass DoorEFCO Corp. in Monett, Mo., is showcasing its EFCO 5XP sliding glass door, which is designed to withstand hurricane-impacting elements. The EFCO 5XP has an American Architectural Manufacturers Association rating of AW180, and has a “no-leakage” water performance of 33 psf and an air infiltration performance of <.05 cfm/sf@6.2 psf. The door, which features a low profile sill and raised sill track, has been tested for large- and small-missile impact ratings that meet the Florida Building Code. The 5XP can also substitute various depth-meeting rails to meet specific design loads without affecting the architectural design. www.efcocorp.com

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