StormShield® popularity has long since been established due to the excessive testing and thorough certification as a system solution, not just glass. With complete system tests now into the hundreds, StormShield® reputation is firmly secured off the back of such extensive testing coupled by the fact holds the title for ‘no field failures’ having been proved through the most fieriest storms in the Pacific in the last 15 years.
Glasshape well recognise that cyclonic protection must be approached as a system solution, not just glass and not just a generic frame. We’ve partnered with all the major aluminium window fabrication suppliers and have successfully tested and certified full window systems where we focus on all the important details such as;
- Extrusion gauge and type
- Edge engagement
- Sealant types and placement
- Fixing types, methods, gauges and distances
- Wind loading vs glass thickness to comply with AS/NZS 1170 and AS1288
- Maximum window size deemed to comply
From years of testing we’ve proven that you cannot test cyclone impact resistant glass in a generic test frame, then glaze the ‘tested’ glass into another type of frame and call it a ‘certified system’. Each and every framing system is unique and behaves in a unique way when under wind load and impact from flying debris. A truly certified system must be fully tested as a system and not swapped out for something different in the field. In order to protect lives, properties and investments, fully tested and certified window systems need to be installed in all new and refurbished dwellings and buildings.
The following aluminium window suppliers have fully tested and certified window systems with StormShield® for use in Regions C and D in Australia and the Pacific Islands, tested and evaluated by independent NATA certified facilities showing a successful resistance without perforation for both large and small debris impact demonstrating compliance to the AS/NZS 1170.2 2011 code and being fit for purpose.
Please contact these companies directly to enquire and to which window systems in their range have current certification for cyclonic use.
What’s important in a test report?
As industry leaders in cyclonic testing and certification, we often see test reports issued into the industry that lack very important details resulting in projects being glass with products not fit for purpose and/or glazed well outside the parameters of how it was tested. To help educate the industry on best practice and reporting, the below sample test report has specific call outs to demonstrate the detail required in order to fully establish whether a system is fit for purpose or not.