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What is Hurricane Resistant Glass?

Hurricane resistant laminates offered by Viracon meet or exceed stringent building code requirements of Florida and other coastal regions.
The laminated glass is a component of the overall glazing system and every Viracon hurricane resistant glass product has passed the impact and cyclic wind pressure test as part of a complete glazing system. When choosing the right hurricane resistant glass for your application, the following points must be evaluated:
  1. Determine the applicable building code and test method
  2. Determine the required design pressure/wind load
  3. Qualify the missile requirement – large and/or small missile
  4. Identify the largest glass size
  5. If using a tested or certified framing system, confirm the laminated glass qualified with the particular manufacturer’s product
  6. If not using a tested or certified frame, evaluate system design details, such as:
    • Glazing method – conventional or structurally glazed
    • Glass bite – Often large missile applications require a minimum edge engagement of 5/8″ to augment performance.
    • Anchorage and hardware requirements – typically large missile applications require an enhanced design.
Hurricane resistant laminates offered by Viracon are Dade County approved and carry a component NOA. For information on the current code requirements and test methods for a specific application and project location, please reference the applicable standard or the International Building Code (Impact Provision).

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