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Atlantic Hurricane Fabric Shutters Receives 2018 Best of Palm Beach Gardens Award

Atlantic Hurricane Fabric Shutters Receives 2018 Best of Palm Beach Gardens Award

PALM BEACH GARDENS October 25, 2018 -- Atlantic Hurricane Fabric Shutters has been selected for the 2018 Best of Palm Beach Gardens Award in the Window Treatments category by the Palm Beach Gardens Award Program.

Each year, the Palm Beach Gardens Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Palm Beach Gardens area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2018 Palm Beach Gardens Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Palm Beach Gardens Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Palm Beach Gardens Award Program

The Palm Beach Gardens Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Palm Beach Gardens area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Palm Beach Gardens Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

WIND ZONE 4 DECISION BY FLORIDA BUILDING COMMISSION 2-05-13

WIND ZONE 4 DECISION BY FLORIDA BUILDING COMMISSION 2-05-13

The IHPA and concerned member companies were successful in getting the Florida Building Commission to approve the IHPA sponsored change to the ASTM definition of Wind Zone 4. The Commission by a unanimous vote (18-0), supported the change overturning the Structural TAC recommendation. The Commission approval of the IHPA sponsored change means that 2013 Florida Building Code will keep Wind Zone 4 as the same area as it is now, which is an area that is comprised of Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Monroe County.

The definition of Wind Zone 4 will remain unchanged from that contained in the 2010 Florida Building Code with 2012 Supplement. Wind Zone 4 consists of areas with a wind speed of greater than 170 mph and Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The main difference between Wind Zones 1-3 and Wind Zone 4 are the number of impacts required and the deflection limits. The code unmodified would have expanded Wind Zone 4 to include portions of St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Martin, Collier, Lee, and Sarasota Counties. This was a hot topic when the 2010 Florida Building Code was implemented in March of 2012 and the IHPA was successful in getting a “Glitch Change” approved by the Commission to rectify the situation in the 2010 code. The expansion of Wind Zone 4 was an unintended consequence of modifications intended to correlate the wind speeds of the code with the latest version of ASCE 7, ASCE 7-10.

Unmodified, the provision had the potential to considerably increase the costs of hurricane protection. The more technologically advanced products could have been precluded from the market place. The International Hurricane Protection Association, concerned individuals, affected member companies, and other industry advocates stood up to the challenge and came away victorious benefiting both the industry and the public.