Hurricane Resistant Glass and Glazing Systems for Luxury High Rise Developments

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Sliding Glass Doors for Luxury High Rise Residential Developments

Wind Loading requirements for architectural glazing are calculated per architectural design, based on the wind speeds within specific locations. This means that each project needs to have its wind loading requirements calculated at the start of a project as the wind loads vary from site to site. There are various site locations that will have higher wind loading requirements than others such as coastal projects and rural locations, compared to projects within sheltered cityscapes.

Projects that are located out of a sheltered environment will need to be designed to withstand the additional wind forces present in the area. The wind loading requirement for a building is derived from the general wind speed in the area and factors that affect how the wind transmits load onto the building. It’s not only the location that affects the wind loading requirements, the shape and height of a building may also affect how pressure from the wind impacts the building.

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Prior to specifying architectural glazing, a structural engineer or architect will need to arrange for the wind load requirements to be calculated. From these measurements, IQ is able to design architectural glazing to meet the specific requirements for the project.
Glazing on high rise buildings can be difficult to specify when trying to create a contemporary, minimalistic aesthetic while adhering to wind loading requirements. More and more high-rise luxury residential developments are being designed and constructed with modern architectural design at the forefront of each project. To meet these highly sought-after aesthetics IQ exclusively offer the minimal windows 4+ sliding door system which boasts hurricane and impact resistance properties and slim aluminium framing.

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What is hurricane rated glass and glazing?

Hurricane resistance glass and the accompanying glazing system have been tested against tropical storms that have taken a cyclonic form. A hurricane is generally defined as a cyclonic storm that has reached wind speeds of 74mph or higher. Testing glazing systems for hurricane resistance means that it will be able to prevent water leaking through the frames (as flooding often occurs in these storms), as well as withstanding strong wind sand high-velocity projectiles associated with hurricanes to ensure minimal damage to the property.

In the UK it isn’t overly common to experience wind speeds seen in Hurricanes, however, some coastal locations can encounter exceptionally strong wind forces, therefore it is very wise to be fully prepared for severe storms especially on high rise and coastal residential developments.

The minimal windows 4+ sliding doors are able to achieve wind resistance C5 to EN 12210 (tested to +/- 4500Pa wind pressure to TAS 202), and hurricane resistance for cyclic wind pressure loading tested to 3510Pa (in accordance to TAS 203).

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What sizes can hurricane resistance glazing be manufactured to?

The hurricane-resistant glazing system, minimal windows 4+ sliding doors, is one of the largest and slimmest hurricane resistant sliding door systems available on the market. These sliding doors can be manufactured to the outstanding sizes of 12m² per sliding glass pane (or 18m² per fixed pane) and offer sightlines of just 26mm.

These slim framed hurricane resistant sliding doors offer a super contemporary aesthetic that’s perfect for luxury high rise apartments. With a slim sightline of just 26mm, these sliding glass doors provide minimal visual obstruction to surrounding views.

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The minimal windows 4+ sliding door system is typically triple glazed to achieve a Uw value of 0.8-1.1 (depending on the pane size). The benefits of this hurricane resistant glazing system spec are in its resistance to impact as well as burglar resistance and acoustic reduction.

If these impact-resistant sliding doors are desired to replace existing glazing systems then it’s recommended that the whole of the existing system is replaced, including both the frame and glazing. This ensures that the system is working as it is designed and performs to its tested performance levels.

To further enhance the glazing specification of these sliding doors, the glass can be designed with additional properties such as; low iron glass, solar control glass, low maintenance glass, IQ heated glass and privacy glass.

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What are the configuration and automation options for sliding doors?

Due to the large sizes of the minimal windows 4+ sliding door system, the glazed panes can become very heavy. The maximum pane weight is 1,000kg, however for all sliding doors that weigh over 500kg the sliding doors need to be automated.

To enhance the minimalistic design of the minimal windows 4+ system the sliding doors can be designed into a pocket door configuration – this system is able to be designed with up to three panes sliding into a pocket door cavity. This system is also possible in an opening corner design to achieve exceptional openings for high rise residential properties.

To specify this hurricane resistant glazing system, the minimal windows 4+, speak to a member of the team by calling 01494 722 880 or email

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