New building codes and requirements have recently been enacted in several states to provide increased protection of lives and property in areas subject to hurricanes. Because code standards and requirements vary from state-to-state and among local jurisdictions, please check with your local building authority for the most recent code requirements.
The 2010 Florida Building Code went into effect March 15, 2012. Depending on location, builders are required to construct homes to withstand wind speeds of 120 to 180 miles per hour. Homes in the wind-borne debris region, depicted on the map below, require hurricane shutters or impact-resistant windows and doors. PGT® WinGuard® and PremierVue™ products are designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the wind-borne debris region.