Research IBHS in collaboration with ISO, AND VERISK conducted a joint study on ice dams and building codes. IBHS devotes considerable resources to examining the many causes of roof system problems and failures. Often overlooked due to its regional nature is damage caused by extreme cold and winter weather. Water intrusion into homes is a damage…
Richburg, S.C., January 27, 2022 – The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has expanded FORTIFIED, its voluntary, beyond-code, resilient construction program, with a designation designed to fill a void in climate resilience for the U.S. housing market. The new FORTIFIED Multifamily™ standard lays the path for multifamily developers, owners and property managers to offer residents homes built or retrofitted to perform better in severe weather, including powerful high winds and heavy rain from thunderstorms, derechos, hurricanes and even tornadoes.
After a December tornado outbreak that ravaged communities in six states, join the IBHS team to discuss the cold-season severe event, its impact to the built environment, and code advances working to reduce the impact of future tornadoes. The team will explain building vulnerabilities that lead to residential and commercial failures and connect the event with insights from our research.
Beyond slippery sidewalks, winter weather can cause structural damage from heavy snow loads and interior water damage from burst pipes. Winter Weather Ready and Winter Weather Ready—Business detail how home and business owners can prepare their property to reduce the likelihood of costly damage this season by providing steps to take before and after winter weather.