Living near the coast has many benefits; however, if your building is located in a wind-borne debris region, replacement windows and doors must meet the Florida Building Code for glazed opening protection. Florida communities, either coastal or inland that are located in areas within one mile of the coastal mean high water line (where the wind speed is 130 mph or greater) or any location where the wind speed is 140 mph or greater are designated as wind-borne debris regions by the Florida Building Code.
If a structure resides in any of these areas, it is required by Florida Building Code to have some means of opening protection (for example, impact-resistant windows or doors or shutters that have received a Florida Product Approval). For structures located in Miami-Dade or Broward counties, opening protection must meet additional requirements in order to receive a Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA). The Miami-Dade testing protocol and review process is the most stringent in the nation, and obtaining a Miami-Dade NOA is considered the highest standard for impact-resistant products.
Download a map of Florida Wind-Borne Debris Regions here.