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Technical Info: Building Code Approvals


Building code standards for storm shutters vary throughout the country.

Most codes are very stringent and change often. As an AluTech United authorized dealer, we can offer their 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)
IBC is being adopted and enforced in most states in the U.S.. See map below:



Future Adoption
Codes enforced State Wide
Codes enforced at local level



Effective Feb. 1. 2003 the International Code Council (ICC) became one consolidated organization. This new Organization unifies BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators International), ICBO (International Conference of Building Officials) and SBCCI (Southern Building Code Congress International). For more detailed and up to date information go to: http://iccint.intlcode.org/government/adoptions.htm


Here is a excerpt of the code that pertains to the protection of openings:

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:
1. The U.S. Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico coasts where the basic wind speed is greater than 90 mph and
2. Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands and America Samoa.

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.




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