Cyclone Resistant Glazing Solutions

Jennifer Schneider
Structural and Security Glazing Segment Manager
Kuraray America, Inc., Wilmington

As urban areas become developed in regions prone to severe weather, the risk of financial and human loss increases. Severe weather such as hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons have caused billions of dollars of damage and thousands of deaths globally. Traditional glazing structures used in buildings are particularly vulnerable to damage by windborne debris. Once the glazing system fails, the building envelope becomes open to water and wind, causing further damage. If the glazing system is designed properly, the damage and potential economic losses are reduced. When Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida in 1992, causing $28 billion in damage, the need for building code revisions became apparent. As a result, building codes were established for glazing systems to withstand the force of a strong hurricane. The building codes in Florida have proven to be very successful in preventing damage from storms and serve as a basis for global codes.

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