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Bob Vila - Fabric Storm Shutters

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A Product Born Out of Necessity

Astroflex by Hurricane Fabric was a product born out of necessity. One of the founders of this company was a pioneering member in the field of fabric hurricane protection whose background is in the sail making industry.More »

 

Load Disbursement Hurricane Protection Fabric System

Hurricane Fabric's load disbursement system is the only hurricane screen system that addresses some basic engineering problems with many hurricane screens systems today.while solving the problem. More »

 

Small Missile Fabric vs. Large Missile Impact Screens

Hurricane protection screens developed by HurricaneFabric.com are the 1st hurricane screens to meet and recognize the differences between hurricane screens that are designed for large openings and screens that better protect smaller openings. More »

 

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

This fact sheet contains health and safety tips for families preparing for a hurricane from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration. More »

 

Garage Door Protection

Many individuals are unaware that protecting their garage doors is just as important as the window and entry doors of a specific home. More »

 

WIND ZONE 4 DECISION BY FLORIDA BUILDING COMMISSION   2-05-13

 

The IHPA and concerned member companies were successful in getting the Florida Building Commission to approve the IHPA sponsored change to the ASTM definition of Wind Zone 4.   The Commission by a unanimous vote (18-0), supported the change overturning the Structural TAC recommendation.  The Commission approval of the IHPA sponsored change means that 2013 Florida Building Code will keep Wind Zone 4 as the same area as it is now, which is an area that is comprised of Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Monroe County.

The definition of Wind Zone 4 will remain unchanged from that contained in the 2010 Florida Building Code with 2012 Supplement. Wind Zone 4 consists of areas with a wind speed of greater than 170 mph and Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The main difference between Wind Zones 1-3 and Wind Zone 4 are the number of impacts required and the deflection limits. The code unmodified would have expanded Wind Zone 4 to include portions of St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Martin, Collier, Lee, and Sarasota Counties.  This was a hot topic when the 2010 Florida Building Code was implemented in March of 2012 and the IHPA was successful in getting a “Glitch Change” approved by the Commission to rectify the situation in the 2010 code.  The expansion of Wind Zone 4 was an unintended consequence of modifications intended to correlate the wind speeds of the code with the latest version of ASCE 7, ASCE 7-10.

Unmodified, the provision had the potential to considerably increase the costs of hurricane protection. The more technologically advanced products could have been precluded from the market place.   The International Hurricane Protection Association, concerned individuals, affected member companies, and other industry advocates stood up to the challenge and came away victorious benefitting both the industry and the public.