APA updates publications on hurricane shutter design details for Atlantic hurricane season, provides five designs for window, door openings in masonry and wood-frame buildings based on building code recommendations for high wind zones

TACOMA, Washington , September 16, 2013 (press release) – The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Are you prepared? One of the best ways to protect a home from damage in windstorms is to install shutters over all large windows and glass doors.

APA has recently updated two publications offering hurricane shutter design details. Each provides two basic alternatives for hurricane shutters and a collection of five different designs with recommendations for window and door openings in masonry and wood-frame buildings. The plans include illustrations, materials lists, and step-by-step instructions.

Hurricane Shutter Designs, Form T450, includes recommendations based on the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) and the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) for the high wind zones of the contiguous United States. This 23-page publication is available only as a free downloadable PDF. Form T450.

Hurricane Shutter Design Considerations for Florida, Form T460, is region-specific and provides recommendations based on requirements from the 2010 Florida Building Code-Residential (FBC-R) and 2010 Florida Building Code-Building (FBC-B). This 22-page publication is available only as a free downloadable PDF. Form T460.

Additional information
For details on implementing construction practices that help homes perform even better against hurricanes, high winds, sever moisture and earthquakes, visit the Wind, Earthquake & Weather Resistance section at apawood.org.

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