Products that protect property and lives in the event of harsh weather conditions need to work reliably, whether or not anyone is present in the structure. Some of these products defend against the effects of a storm, while others go to work after other systems fail. ' Rita Catinella Orrell
Pittsburgh Corning’s hurricane-impact glass-block system is specifically developed for new construction and renovation projects in hurricane-prone areas. The Thickset 90 glass block used with the Kwik’n Ez silicone installation system meets hurricane impact code requirements for residential and commercial buildings located in hurricane-sensitive areas. The block also provides all the benefits of standard glass block, including light transmission, privacy control, and security. Pittsburgh Corning, Pittsburgh. www.pittsburghcorning.com
When the power goes out
Kohler Power Systems has added a 17-kilowatt, air-cooled standby generator (top left) to its home power products. The new Kohler generator is fueled by either natural gas or liquid propane gas. Kohler has also introduced the first and only combination load center and transfer switch package available for the residential standby power market with its new Intelligent Transfer Switch (bottom left). The two-in-one load center provides the owners of new homes with a generator-ready residence. Kohler, Kohler, Wis. www.kohlerpower.com
Keeping out the weather
In response to customer demand, DuPont’s StormRoom with Kevlar (left) is now available in customized and standard prebuilt sizes. StormRoom is an in-home storm shelter that can help safeguard families from the impact of hurricanes and tornados. DuPont Thru-Wall Flashing (below left) is being introduced as a flexible, self-adhered membrane that can be used as thru-wall flashing, a surface-mounted flashing, or a transition membrane. It is made with DuPont Elvaloy, a copolymer that adds improved flexibility, weatherability, and UV-resistance. DuPont, Wilmington, Del. www.construction.tyvek.com.