Why Sea Turtle Friendly Doorglass?
“Living Green” is a phrase that is used more and more across America today. “Green” living practices include things like saving water, using solar panels for energy and using recyclable paper and plastics. Using Green Building Materials such as energy efficient doors, windows and glass have also taken off in recent years.
But what about taking it a step further to help the animals and wildlife? What about being responsible and caring enough to help the Sea Turtles? If you live along the Florida Coastline and have a beach front home or a home with windows or doorglass that are visible from the water, there is one big thing that you can do. Replace your windows and doorglass with Florida Building Code Approved Turtle Glass.
Thousands of marine turtles nest in U.S. coastal areas, where state and local ordinances protect hatching turtles by limiting the brightness of inside-to-outside visible light transmittance. The goal is to prevent baby sea turtles from moving toward artificial light when they should be following the moonlight to the sea. ODL’s Severe Weather® product line includes tinted gray glass that meets these code requirements.
A Beach front Condo in West Florida recently decided to step up help the cause. To help prevent the hatching sea turtles from getting confused and heading toward the artificial lights of the 18-unit complex, owners recently replaced their doors with new fiberglass entry doors from Therma-Tru with code-approved Turtle Glass inserts.
“It was definitely time for us to invest in new doors for our units and we’re in an area where it’s mandated by the state that we must have Turtle Glass in any windows or doors facing the ocean,” says Maureen Eberhart, office manager of the Beachcomber in Venice condos in Fla. “We replaced 15 of our unit’s doors with new Therma-Tru entry doors that have Turtle Glass inserts. The clear glass in these units is tinted grey to meet the requirement for minimizing the brightness of visible interior light near turtle nesting areas. This way the hatchlings follow the moon back to the ocean instead of heading to our buildings by mistake.”
Moving toward the artificial light of houses and streets can result in almost certain death for sea turtle hatchlings. Codes and rules throughout Florida coastal areas and in other high activity locations for sea turtle nesting sites are helping keep the turtles headed in the right direction — out to the sea.
If you live in area that you feel may be an area of concern for Sea Turtles and are interested in options, please contact Heckard’s Door for further information.
Note: Quote contributed by ThermaTru. Heckard’s Door did not do the project mentioned in this article and it is strictly for information purposes.