If a product is rated for Large Missile Impact (LMI) and has laminated glass as an infill, then it can be used anywhere in the building provided the product meets the pressures whether large or small missile (large missile level ‘D’). If the product is Large Missile impact with an insulted laminated glass the single…Details
As of January, 2018, here is an explanation from Miami Dade County’s Product Approval System (Product Control) on the differences, timeframes, and fees for their various applications: Renewal: This extends the expiration date of the approval (for up to 5 years, contact Miami Dade for your specific time frame). A renewal does not include…Details
Product Approvals for building components are the general rule in Florida. Building officials, architects, insurance companies, even homeowners ask for them all the time, frequently refusing permits, insurance discounts, and product installations. So what is the legal ruling on when and if product approvals are required for this product? The Florida Building Code requires only…Details
Explanation In the event of a high wind event, it is the concern of building codes ASCE-7 and ASTM specifications that windows and doors don’t fail and develop an opening breach in the building. An opening would allow more wind to enter the structure and pressurize the inside of the building, leading to other doors…Details
Can an engineer design alternate anchorage for a Florida product approval or other product evaluation?
According to Section 1710.8.4 of the Florida Building Code Fifth Edition (2014), “Opening protection components, fasteners, and other parts evaluated by an approved product evaluation entity, certification agency, testing laboratory, architect, or engineer and approved by the holder of the product approval may be interchangeable in opening protection assemblies provided that the opening protection component(s)…Details
How do I calculate the effective opening area on window or door products? – What opening area should be used for wind pressure determination on a multi-panel product?
The Building Codes in the US reference ASCE-7 for the design of the components and cladding of buildings (188.8.131.52 ASCE 7-(10)). The theory of wind design goes that the smaller the area in consideration, the greater the probability that a maximum burst of wind will occur in that area over any 3 second period. Wind…Details
In the 5th Edition Florida Building Code (2014), missile level E is valid in and outside of the HVHZ (Broward and Dade Counties) when it came to essential facilities. Sure it is in section 1626.2.4 of the FBC which falls under HVHZ but section 4184.108.40.206.1 refers to 1626. In previous codes it was in section 419…Details