Egress Emergency Escape Requirements for Windows

The International building code 2015/2018, Florida Building Code 2017,2020, and corresponding Residential Codes list the following in regards to egress as an emergency escape in regards to windows & doors leading out of a dwelling.  Please note that these may be paraphrased and are for general purposes only.  Consult the actual code for specific requirements. …

Is A Top Rail Required For A Glass Railing?

Aesthetically pleasing, clean and one of the biggest architectural trends, the glass railing is fast gaining popularity as a g-to safeguard barrier for modern construction. It’s not only a widely used structural component for safeguard applications, but one with many variables and configurations that changes the way that they need to be analyzed in order…

Flood Resistant Design & Floodproofing of Buildings

An engineer’s walk through of the design requirements for flood resistant design of building components With Engineering Express’s early start with floodproofing designs for floor barriers and exterior glazing in projects across the US, we quickly became experts in this field.  We’ve witnessed and directed static and dynamic flood testing, sat on industry meetings, met…

Is a large missile impact window or door automatically approved for small missile impact? (updated for 2020)

Overview (Update): Changes to the 2020 Florida Building Code for Porous Impact Protection Devices Porous Impact Protective Systems: ASTM E1996-12A brought a significant change to Porous Impact Protective Systems (PIPS). A Porous Impact Protective System is defined as “An assembly whose aggregate open area exceeds 10% of its projected surface area”. Prior to ASTM E1996-12A,…

ASTM E1996 Missile Levels and Definition

Missile Level E 6.2.1.1 Enhanced Protection (Essential Facilities): Buildings and other structures designated as essential facilities, including but not limited to hospitals, other health care facilities having emergency treatment facilities, jails and detention facilities, fire, rescue and police stations, and emergency vehicle garages, designated emergency shelters, communications centers and other facilities required for emergency response,…