Hurricane Systems

With each project, architects in coastal areas face a facade problem: essentially, how to incorporate ample glass to meet a building’s aesthetic and daylight needs while accommodating stringent codes that protect occupants from fire and structures from hurricane-force winds. Existing window and curtain wall solutions are either fire-rated or certified for use in hurricane-prone coastal areas, forcing architects to implement add-ons such as shutters to meet code, create expensive double-wall systems or reduce glazing altogether.

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain has developed a new, single product solution:
The first Florida approved glass curtain wall system that is both fire-rated and hurricane impact-resistant.

Launched in March 2014, the Vetrotech HI system is listed by the Florida Building Commission and certified to meet the stringent requirements of the Florida Building Code, including those for the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) that includes Miami-Dade and Broward counties. It also includes Vetrotech’s proven fire-resistance technology, uniquely qualifying it for both designations by combining fire-impact and pressure-tested glass with a high-strength yet slim steel curtain wall frame.

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