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Dear Texas Legislature – Please Upgrade Our Building codes and Efficiency Laws

I just sent this letter to our Texas Senators and Representatives, trying to get them to upgrade our building codes to protect Texan lives and property.  

I invited them –and invite you– to join us any time the next 3 days at the Texas Home Show at the George Brown Convention center in Houston March 27, 28 & 29 – to see a life saving technology that keeps houses intact in hurricanes and kids unharmed from broken glass. We are at booth #837. Here is the letter:
26 March 2015
Dear Senator/Rep. «Name»:

I wrote to members in 83rd Legislature in 2013 about upgrading our building codes after a tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma and an explosion ripped through West, Texas. I am writing again because some experts are predicting that the 2015 Hurricane season will be the most dangerous in ten (10) years.

Yesterday tornadoes were once again ripping through Oklahoma. They also threaten millions of Texans who still live in “houses of straw” that are regularly breached by burglars breaking glass and hurricane-force winds. Coastal Texans remain vulnerable to high winds, yet are told they must remain vulnerable or buy extraordinary-expensive shutters or impact glass most cannot afford.

On February 18th, 2015, I wrote requesting your consideration of giving building owners an insurance discount for upgrading their buildings to withstand hurricane force winds since studies have shown glass breakage by wind-borne debris is what leads to structural failure, not to mention internal damages, mold and months of reconstruction that could have been avoided by updating our building codes and using lower cost protective technologies available on the market.

The losses to homeowners and insurance companies could be drastically reduced by adding a simple technology that was used on the federal buildings in Washington DC after 9/11. It is explained in a book entitled “Houses of Straw Houses of Wood” which is available at this link:

I have supplied proposed language to Sen. Taylor and Rep. Paul (from my district) for your consideration. The same technology would also save people money by cutting their solar heat, which cuts their energy use. It would eventually pay for itself, unlike most technologies I am aware of.

As a strong advocate of energy efficiency, I also endorse passage of HB 2392 and HB 3363, bills which will facilitate sustainable financing for residential energy efficiency. Additionally, I suggest that HB 1736 either be modified or rejected since it would slow the adoption of new building codes in Texas which are desperately needed to take our buildings to the next level insecurity and efficiency. I endorse the following modifications to HB 1736: 1) Remove the 6 year waiting period for adoption of new energy codes, 2) Include the immediate adoption of IECC 2015, 3) Remove the bill’s applicability to commercial buildings, 4) Allow local jurisdictions to adopt more stringent codes if desired, and 5) Ensure that the Texas A&M Energy Systems Lab approval is required for any alternative approach to current energy code requirements.

If any of you will be in Houston this weekend and want to see what security window film technology looks like or wants to ask questions, Armor Glass will be at the Texas Home Show at the George Brown convention center Friday 2-7 p.m., Saturday 10 -7 p.m. and Sunday 11-5 p.m. Booth #837. We have a few complimentary tickets; if you wish to have one, let us know at 713-213-5080.

Thank you for your consideration
Very truly yours,

Michael Fjetland
Armor Glass International, Inc.

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Former Terrorism Analyst Seeks Insurance Discount for Texans Who Install Security Window Film

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Former Terrorism Analyst Seeks Insurance Discount for Texans Who Install 
Security Window Film To Protect Their Homes and Businesses. 
It Cuts Property Damage and Injuries
While Paying for Itself in Energy Savings
21 February 2015                              
Immediate Release

Recently a small child ran into a glass wall shortly after Armor Glass security film was installed and broke the glass. If not for the security-rated film, she would have been taken to an emergency room for cuts, injuries and medical bills. Instead, the film shielded her from broken glass and she was fine.
About the same time, a woman was home alone when a burglar attempted to break through the glass in her back yard shortly after Armor Glass security film was installed. He failed. In each case, certified security film (sometimes called “safety film”) avoided loss and injuries.
What is that worth? 
How many thousands of dollars in insurance losses was avoided because of this technology that costs a fraction of impact glass and shutters? 
How much personal stress and anxiety was avoided?
Michael Fjetland, President of Armor Glass®, based in Houston (Sugar Land), TX, has requested the Texas legislature give homeowners an insurance discount if they install security window film equivalent to what Armor Glass provides — because it cuts property losses and personal injury by “armoring the glass.” 
Glass is a 5,000 year old technology — the weakest link of every building. A home is often the biggest asset most people own.  Thin, fragile glass leaves it vulnerable to destruction. 
Hurricane Ike in 2008 caused over $5 million of dollars in damages to the Chase Tower in Houston when it sucked out windows from one side of the building, shutting it down for months of rehab, mold issues, etc. Armor Glass film and frame attachment would have prevented the huge financial loss from the property damage and operating downtime. Imagine how many billions of dollars the installation of Armor Glass would have saved. The problem is not just hurricanes and tornadoes, but a constant one nationwide with broken glass caused by; vandals, burglars, hail, mowers throwing rocks, hurricanes, tornadoes, errant golf balls, etc.

Security/safety films like Armor Glass upgrades this ancient glass technology for the first time. Details
about how it works are provided in Michael Fjetland’s  EBook “Houses of Straw” which is FREE for download at
“Our security film has been used to secure courthouses, police stations, community centers and houses on Galveston Bay which took the brunt of Hurricane Ike. It has protected our clients from home invasions. It’s rated for a bomb blast,” said Armor Glass® President and founder, Michael Fjetland, who was a terrorism analyst on TV before and after 9/11 and served as a Fortune 500 international legal negotiator
before founding Armor Glass®.
“It would also cut millions from construction costs of new buildings, especially those in coastal areas if it were used as a substitute for impact glass or shutters which cost three to ten times more per square foot.”
”I hope the Texas legislature will see the wisdom of economically encouraging this technology by providing a reasonable insurance discount that would cost the state nothing, yet it would cut injuries to Texans, cut property losses and reduce harm to their children or themselves. A house or building is typically a person’s largest asset. Certified security films dramatically cut insurance company costs by protecting the interior of the building from damage.
                                         A “Win – Win – Win for Texas and Texans
Fjetland states, “A discount on insurance premiums for use of safety/security films would make Texans safer with the benefit of reducing cooling costs in the Texas’ brutal summer heat. It is a win-win for everyone involved, with insurance losses significantly reduced, lower utility costs and an increased level of security for the consumer, and with the added benefit of removing over 99 percent of the UV.
Michael Fjetland’s bottom line: “I believe the benefits of lower insurance losses should be shared with consumers. Many owners need the insurance discount (and tax credits) as an incentive to make the investment. Everyone would benefit under my proposal — Texans and insurance companies alike.
If you agree, please let your legislature representatives know.”
For More information, contact Michael Fjetland (pronounced “Fetland”) and/or download his FREE Ebook “Houses of Straw” via the Armor Glass® website at: or Cell 713-213-5080.