November 1, 2011
Experts from various government and private agencies talked about hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and how best to fight natural disasters during the Protective Glazing Council International's annual symposium on October 26 at the National Institute of Standards (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md.
In his presentation, "Testing for Tornadoes and its Influence on Codes," Larry J. Tanner, P.E., of Texas Tech University said, "Seventy percent of insurance dollars [in the U.S.] go to storm-related damages; another 25 percent goes to earthquake damages." In his experience, he said that during a storm, the glass that stay in are the inner lites of double-glazed windows. "That's not saying that double-glazed panes are tornado-proof, but they do seem to provide some semblance of holding up," he said.