A new whitepaper commissioned by leading specialist glass manufacturer Glasshape on debris impact glazing solutions in Australia’s cyclonic wind regions examines the recent changes to the Building Codes as a result of Cyclone Yasi in 2011 relating to window and door glazing.  

Tropical cyclonic storms wreak havoc every year in Australia’s coastal regions, bringing strong winds and heavy rains, and causing extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, with the potential to impact building structures and roofs, and flying debris presenting considerable risk to human life and property.

The whitepaper “Designing to Fight Devastation” explains recent changes to the building code in relation to designing for internal pressures; and sheds light on the shortcomings of the code. In the event a window is destroyed by flying debris, the individuals sheltering within the building, together with all contents are put at substantial risk, even if the structure itself is compliant.

The paper further investigates the enhanced performance criteria for debris impact resistant glazing as a result of the new code developed following the devastating effects of Cyclone Yasi. It presents a variety of design solutions that can be employed taking into consideration Building Importance Level and wind region location.

Window specification should necessarily be an important consideration in older developments as well as new builds. To ensure the safety of building occupants & contents, it’s imperative for architects and builders to use Australian Standards-compliant window glazing that can resist debris impact as well as a robust impact-resistant window framing system appropriately installed to the building.

The advantages beyond immediate personal protection are discussed including mitigating the economic, financial and psychological impact of these destructive natural events, and the subsequent positive impact on professional reputation that such socially responsible action will have for architects and designers when specifying glazing in these regions. 

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