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Disaster Safety Will Blow You Away

comments (1) October 19th, 2010 in Blogs
MikeGuertin Mike Guertin, editorial advisor

Institute for Business and Home Safety Research CenterClick To Enlarge

Institute for Business and Home Safety Research Center

So how important is your front door swing when it comes to hurricane resistance?  Dramatic video from the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) new research and testing center in South Carolina may make you think twice when picking an exterior door.  

I've been a fan of outswing doors for years primarily because they are more water resistant than inswing doors which have to rely on the threshold gasket to keep out wind-blown rain. Plus they are more air-tight and that translates to energy savings.

This NBC Today Show video tells the story.  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/3041440/vp/39737094#39737094

For more on the IBHS Research Center, the specs of the impressive capabilities and their research projects, check out the Research Center's webpage:  http://disastersafety.org/text.asp?id=research_center


posted in: Blogs, Institute for Business and Home Safety, IBHS, Hurricane testing

Comments (1)

OsoBlanca OsoBlanca writes: Read about the testing facility in Engineering News Record a little while ago. It will generate some useful data. I wonder how the in swing entry door that failed was secured. Is there anyway of finding out if it was a simple entry lock or were there deadbolts. Out swing doors present issues of physical security and landing area/accessibility issues for residential entries. Doors do more than keep the rain out.
Posted: 12:51 pm on October 29th

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