Intus Windows, manufacturer of top-of-the-line high performance windows is excited to announce that their uPVC window and door lines were tested and now meet Wind-Borne Debris Region, Florida High-Velocity Hurricane Zones and Miami-Dade County requirements. These products are now suitable to be used in hurricane zones. Intus Windows is well known for its triple pane windows and doors that are widely used in energy efficient homes throughout the U.S. and Europe. Now these highly energy efficient triple pane windows and doors have been tested by Architectural Testing, Inc. and have passed some of the most rigorous endurance tests in the entire United States.
The following tests were conducted:
TAS 201-94 - Impact Test Procedures as required by Section 1625 of the Florida Building Code
TAS 202-94 - Criteria for Testing Impact and Non-Impact Resistant Building Envelope Components Using Uniform Static Air Pressure Test
TAS 203-94 - Criteria for Testing Products Subject to Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading Test Required by FBC and TAS 201-94
ASTM E1886-05 - Standard Test Method for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors and Storm Shutters Impacted by Missile(s) and Exposed to Cyclic Pressure Differentials
ASTM E19966 - Standard Specification for Performance of Exterior Windows, Glazed Curtain Walls, Doors and Storm Shutters Impacted by Wind-Borne Debris and Hurricanes
The windows and doors were subjected to 9,000 wind cycles of high positive and negative air pressure to simulate the force up to 200-mph hurricane winds. Also, testing was done by firing a nine-pound 2×4 wood stud at the window at 50 feet per second or approximately 34 mph as part of the impact resistance test. These tests are designed to simulate the impact of flying debris during a high wind event. Intus Windows triple pane products passed all of these tests and therefore are now approved with the Florida Building Code for High-Velocity Hurricane Zones and the Miami-Dade County requirements.
The assemblies tested include the following window types: fixed, tilt & turn, awning, and double window (with integral mullion). Also, entry doors (out swing), Side-Hinge Door (out swing) and French doors were tested.. All assemblies passed and met the performance requirements set forth in the test protocols. The High-Velocity Hurricane Zones and Wind-Borne Debris Region are designated as geographic areas incorporating all of Miami/Dade and Broward Counties, Coastal Palm Beach County, remainder of the East Coast US and Texas.
So now not only can you have a high performing triple pane windows with R-Values of R-7, but these same high performance windows and doors are now certified for use in Hurricane Zones. If you are interested in further information, Intus Windows can be reached at 1-888-380-9940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.