September 15, 2006


The purpose of this research program was to determine the impact resistance performance of advanced framed wall systems with insulating sheathing as the primary sheathing from wind blown debris. With no standards available for testing wall assemblies, a window industry standard ASTM E1886-05 and E1996-05 Missile Level D, Wind Zone 1 and Wind Zone 2 Enhanced Protection and Wind Zone 3 Basic Protection Standard was used as a starting point for the research. The testing results indicate that high performance wall assemblies provide equivalent or even better impact performance then standard wall assemblies.