light to pass through, but not the sun’s heat. It must keep cool conditioned air inside, but not allow condensation to form on the surface of the glass. It must not allow hot, humid outside air to leak into the home in summer, nor allow warm inside air to leak out of the house in winter.
As a result of Hurricane Andrew, it’s now realized that windows are a key point of entry for wind, rain and wind-borne debris. The Florida Building Code (FBC) requires windows to be impact-resistant or protected if located within one mile of the coast where the wind speed is 110 mph or greater. (Of course, even if your home is not located in this area, this many be a good idea.)
As you can see, a window is a complex system, and it’s more than just glazing (glass): it also includes the frame sash and any operable elements as well. With the improvements in window technologies, it is now possible to buy impact-resistant and/or energy-efficient windows for your home.
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