|Technical Info: Building Code Approvals
Most codes are very stringent and change often. As an authorized dealer and installer, we can offer the benefit of having shutters approved under as many codes as possible.
The most relevant code for Shutters today is the: IBC - International Building Code (2000)
2000 International Building Code
1609.1.4 Protection of Openings. In wind-borne debris regions, glazing in the lower 60 feet in buildings shall be assumed to be openings unless such glazing is impact resistant or protected with an impact-resistant covering meeting the requirements of an approved impact-resisting standard or ASTM E 1996 and of ASTM E 1886 referenced therein as follows:
1. Glazed openings located within 30 feet of grade shall meet the requirements of the Large Missile Test of ASTM E 1996.
2. Glazed openings located more than 30 feet above grade shall meet the provisions of the Small Missile Test of ASTM E 1886.
HURRICANE-PRONE REGIONS. Areas vulnerable to hurricanes defined as:
WIND-BORNE DEBRIS REGION. Areas within hurricane-prone regions within 1 mile of the coastal mean high water line where the basic wind speed is 110 miles (48.4 m/s) per hour or greater, or where basic wind speed is 120 miles (52.8 m/s) per hour or greater, or Hawaii.