Posted by: glassblockblogger | July 11, 2011

Tornado and Hurricane Resistant Glass Block

Tornado and Hurricane Home Building Considerations

New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia

Tornadoes and Hurricanes are an ongoing threat in New England. As we remodel our current home or consider building a new home, we have to take extreme weather possibilities into consideration. However, we want to create a beautiful home for our family. That is why Glass Block is an excellent alternative.

In our previous post The Role Glass Block Plays Concerning Climate Change, we discuss the uncertainty in the climate debate today.

For peace of mind, we must plan our living spaces with security and safety at the forefront. Then comes the task of incorporating beauty with safety and security.

Glass Block from Eastern Glass BlockGlass Block has become an excellent solution by its ability to provide an aesthetically pleasing space with the security we demand. As an example, LightWise Hurricane and Tornado Resistant glass block windows from Eastern Glass Block meet the large missile impact tests referenced in the International Building Code and Dade County Approval Protocols. Plus, they are attractive and easy to install. You get privacy and light aesthetics that you can only get with Glass Block.

Some of the features of LightWise Glass Block vinyl windows are:

  • Visually stunning, pre-fabricated panels that are easy to install
  • No need for shutters
  • Protects against flying debris and hurricane force winds
  • Available with a range of visibility and privacy options
  • Greater security than conventional windows
  • Possibilities are limited only by your imagination

Pittsburgh Corning’s new LightWise Architectural Tornado and Hurricane Resistant window has successfully passed the highest standards of performance for FEMA 361 “Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms”. The window provides effective protection against air pressure and flying debris caused by tornado-force winds.

For more information on LightWise Glass Block, contact us. We can go over the specifications and answer any questions you have.


  1. I have a great tip for avoiding damage due to a hurricans. DON’T BUILD YOUR HOUSE TEN FEET FROM THE OCEAN!!!!! For hurricane resistant modular homes visit

  2. I’m looking for documents on Nubio 90 (Fortress). Are they approved for Hurricane areas? Seves web page sucks.

    • Wayne,

      I can agree with that. Nubio glass blocks starting with 60 minute fire ratings are approved for hurricane areas. To make this happen the specified blocks need to be used, they have to be assembled with silicone and they come in a wood frame. We can give you what you need for your project. Give us a call or shoot an email to

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