Window Glass in Extreme Winds: Design for Flying Debris

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Sr. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 1, Pg. 66-68

Document Type: Feature article


Whether or not to change design procedures for window glass in buildings subject to very high winds was debated at the ASCE Convention in Houston. Preventing gravel and other debris from flying off adjacent buildings would prevent much damage. Inclusion of a design missile in building codes smiliar to Australia's was advocated. Other remedies include zoning facades for protection at various heights and use of metal screens to protect the glass.

Subject Headings: Window glass | Wind engineering | Debris | Gravels | Damage (structural) | Building codes | Zoning | Building envelope

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