Severe weather disrupts lives, displaces families, and drives financial loss. IBHS delivers top-tier science and translates it into action so we can inform the insurance industry, prevent avoidable suffering, strengthen our homes and businesses, and support thriving communities.

Research Center

The IBHS Research Center is a state-of-the-art research facility located on a 90-acre parcel of land in Chester County, South Carolina (approximately 45 minutes south of the Charlotte airport). This unique facility enables researchers to more fully and accurately evaluate residential and commercial construction materials and systems under realistic re-creations of severe weather hazards.

This facility is also a tangible, public demonstration of the property insurance industry’s deep commitment to reducing and preventing losses that disrupt the lives of millions of home and business owners each year. The research conducted here significantly advances building science and influences residential and commercial structural design and construction, helping to create more resilient communities.

Core Values

The IBHS Core Values describe the essence of the IBHS team that allows the pursuits outlined in our Disaster Safety Strategy to flourish.


Consistent, dependable, reliable, and accountable. Demonstrates teamwork. Completes work in a safe and efficient manner.


Honest, believable, trustworthy, accurate, and knowledgeable. Sets reasonable deadlines and meets them. Has a reputation for being dependable and trustworthy.

Professional Excellence

Knowledgeable, experienced, and respectful. Personally respected for quality work and capable of coaching others to appreciate and achieve quality. Respects others and is respected by colleagues.

Real-World Impact

Transformative, actionable, meaningful, passionate, and influential. Actively participates in making IBHS a better place to work by suggesting things that improve safety and work flow. Demonstrates an understanding that the work we do will have long lasting impact in building safer, stronger communities.

501(C) Focus

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported solely by property insurers and reinsurers. IBHS’s building safety research leads to real-world solutions for home and business owners, helping to create more resilient communities.