May 25, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 21
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Will recent tornadoes lead to changes in building codes?
Yes, we are likely to see stricter codes.
Possibly, but I'm not certain.

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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

We have seen some unbelievable images coming across the news wires following the devastating tornadoes in Missouri this week.  Those storms follow on the heels of an equally destructive tornadoes in Alabama, as well as other storms across the country. Some window and door companies were directly impacted, including Lincoln Windows in Wisconsin, and our hearts certainly go out to all of the people who have lost homes and loved ones as a result.
Just as Hurricane Andrew had significant and far-reaching effects on building codes in Florida and throughout the Southeast following its devastation in Florida nearly 20 years ago, I would imagine that the most destructive tornadoes we’ve seen in a generation in Alabama and Missouri could impact code discussions moving forward.
Do you think that's possible? Is the impact of these recent storms significant enough to warrant code changes? Will window and door requirements for residences and buildings in “tornado allies” be stricter in the coming years? Post a comment or send me an email to share. How will these storms impact fenestration products in these regions as they’re rebuilt?

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