Kolbe's Windows Successfully Tested to Withstand Earthquakes

Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. of Wausau, Wis., announced that its windows have successfully passed seismic testing for wood-framed residences. Kolbe's windows withstood conditions simulating the 6.7 Northridge, Calif., earthquake of 1994. The windows were installed in a three-bedroom, two-bath, wood-framed townhouse, fully-furnished including a car in the garage. The whole structure was constructed indoors, atop the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory's two shake tables at the University of Buffalo, N.Y.

"The full-scale test helps demonstrate that well-constructed doors and windows can provide a safe, stylish and economically-efficient building option for residences in earthquake zones," said George Digman, Kolbe's director of research and development. Reportedly the largest seismic test ever conducted, observers from across the globe witnessed the dramatic display on December 8, 2006.

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