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Hurricane Wind Load Testing

We have the following units tested under FBC (Florida Building Code) Approval. These can be used within and outside the HVHZ (high velocity hurricane zone). FBC approved openings can be used anywhere hurricane approved doors are required. FBC approval has become much more widely accepted now but you may run across some specs that still specify NOA's (Notice Of Acceptance) only.


PREMIER PRODUCTS:

FL6378-R3
  • FL #6378.1 Single swing doors up to 4080 or a pair of doors up to 6070 with a maximum design load of 85 PSF. Polystyrene core. 20 gauge and 18 gauge doors approved. Approved for HVHZ.

  • FL #6378.2 Frames for single swing doors up to 4080 and pairs up to 6070. 16 gauge. May be installed in drywall, masonry, or structural steel walls. Maximum Design Load of 85 PSF. Approved for HVHZ.

  • FL #6378 Glazing Detail Up to 24 x 60 impact glass or up to a 24 x 24 louver allowed. Approved for HVHZ.

  • FL #6378 Anchors Frames tested with base anchors welded in. Punch & Dimpled with existing wall anchors or butterfly anchors for installation in block or concrete walls after the wall is up, with wire anchors for installation in new block or concrete walls, clip in steel stud anchors or wood stud anchors (universal stud anchors) for stud walls, twist-in anchor plate for installation into a steel channel, or screwed into the wall panel on steel buildings. Approved for HVHZ.

  • FL #6378 UL Certifications Tested Products List. A detailed list showing exactly what was tested and the PSF for each configuration.


PIONEER INDUSTRIES:

FL7971-R4

  • FL #7971.1 Up to 8080 flush pair of hollow metal doors. Polystyrene core. 16 gauge and 14 gauge doors approved. Hollow metal frames with a 2 or 4 head in 16, 14, or 12 gauge. Frames are tested with base anchors welded in. Punch & Dimpled with pipe sleeve anchors for installation in block or concrete walls after the wall is up, with wire anchors or T-anchors for installation in new block or concrete walls, and punch and dimpled with lag bolts and pipe sleeve anchors for installation in to wood studs. 70 PSF. Approved for HVHZ.

  • FL #7971 Product Evaluation Report. Approved for HVHZ.


FL14446-R1

  • FL #14446.1 Up to 8080 full vision lites pair of hollow metal doors. Polystyrene core. 18, 16 and 14 gauge doors approved. Hollow metal frames with a 2 or 4 head in 16, 14, or 12 gauge. Frames can have a transom and/or sidelites. Frames are tested with base anchors welded in. Punch & Dimpled with pipe sleeve anchors for installation in block or concrete walls after the wall is up, with wire anchors or T-anchors for installation in new block or concrete walls, and punch and dimpled with lag bolts and pipe sleeve anchors for installation in to wood studs. 50 PSF. Approved for HVHZ.

  • FL #14446 Product Evaluation Report. Approved for HVHZ.


CURRIES:

  • Curries Windstorm Summary Sheet

  • Curries windstorm testing is quite extensive, as you can see here Curries Windstorm Technical Data. This shows a complete list of all Curries tested products with the FL# (FBC approval) in the far right column. There are too many variables to list here, so it is better if you find the configuration you need, copy that FL#, then go here FBC product Approval site. Enter that number in the second box (next to "FL"), then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Search. All the information you need will come up once you click on the link under "FL#" on the page that comes up. If your FL# does not come up, please change the "Code Version" box from 2014 to 2010.

    Please know we will supply you with the approvals you need when we supply a job to you. This is just handy if you need approvals immediately.


Some things to know:
  • ANSI A250.13 Testing and Rating of Severe Windstorm Resistant Components for Swinging Door Assemblies.
  • Wind Speed to Design Pressure Chart
  • You only need an impact rating within 1 mile of the coast and/or where the rating is for 120+ mph winds.
  • Wind-Borne Debris Region is areas that require protection for 120 mph and above winds
  • TAS 201 is the Large and Small Missile Test Standards
  • TAS 202 is the Uniform Structural Load Standards
  • TAS 203 is the Uniform Cyclic Pressure Test Standards
  • HVHZ stands for High Velocity Hurricane Zone (Broward, Dade, Palm Beach Counties)
  • BWS stands for Basic Wind Speed.


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