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July 10, 2019
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The Talk

By Eric Thompson

Since 1992, when Category 5 Hurricane Andrew brought devastation to many of Florida’s southern cities, the state has been fairly aggressive in maintaining a strong building code to prevent similar damage from happening again. 

As such, impacted-rated windows have been a necessity in the region for a while, along with other preparedness measures. The Tampa Bay Times noted in a piece from late last year, after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle, that “every hurricane is a learning experience,” editorializing that the building code should evolve again to account for higher wind speeds across the entire state.

Impact ratings may not be changing for the panhandle just yet—two bills to strengthen the code have so far died this year. But there have been some other developments that could be influencing window and door design in Florida soon. 

I attended the recent Fenestration Manufacturers Association meeting in Florida, where there was some discussion about some upcoming updates to the International Code Council building code in 2021. The Florida Building Code is based on the I-Code, meaning changes to the I-Code will eventually impact the state. 

There are some new considerations to account for wind zones in Florida, for one, but there was something else I found interesting. Read More







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