The impact of cyclones is well known to Australia’s coastal areas. And while current building codes require that buildings ensure the safety of occupants during a cyclone by not collapsing, they do not require the building to be resilient to less catastrophic, but nonetheless substantial, damage.

This paper examines the importance of debris-impact resistant glazing in cyclone regions of Australia, requirements to be certified as such and the social responsibilities for architects when specifying glazing in these regions.

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