Wind and Water Codes Covered at AAMA Conference

American Architectural Manufacturers Association
October 19, 2017
Meetings & Events

The timely topic of wind and water-related codes was addressed at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2017 National Fall Conference. Dan Lavrich, P.E. and owner of Lavrich & Associates Consulting Engineers presented "Wind, Water, Codes, Coverage: Myths & Realities." Lavrich is active in building code development in Florida and currently is performing inspections in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. His role involves working with adjusters who are inspecting damage from water and wind impact.

Lavrich's presentation covered his experience with how and why wind and water damage happens, and determining whether damage did happen. In the presentation, Lavrich related that insurance companies will generally pay for storm-related damage to fenestration caused by failure of the assemblies to withstand wind or impact, but they will not pay for entry of wind-driven rain unless a breach has been caused by wind, impact or another externally applied force. Common causes of structural failure of assembly include wind, impact, or failure of the attachment due to wind or impact.

"Most insurance companies won't pay for an issue related to wind-driven rain. And, we all know that wind-driven rain during a high-wind event will probably happen," says Lavrich.

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