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

The 2021-2023 Disaster Safety Strategy is the next step forward in pioneering building science research and its application to real world property loss reduction. It deepens our understanding of the core research perils that threaten most Americans and recognizes that the knowledge gained by IBHS testing must be understood, amplified, and applied to be truly meaningful in preventing avoidable suffering and loss. Learn more about our Pathway to Resilience:

Convinced that the continuing cycle of human suffering that strikes families and communities in the wake of severe weather can be broken, IBHS is a team of scientists and risk communicators who deliver strategies to build safer and stronger homes and businesses. IBHS’s real-world impact enables the insurance industry and affected property owners to prevent avoidable losses.

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported solely by property and casualty insurers and reinsurers that conduct business in the U.S. or reinsure risks located in the U.S.

It is a financial and social imperative for the insurance industry to help policyholders and the public identify, reduce, and manage risk. IBHS is the centerpiece of this activity with respect to the impact of severe weather on residential and commercial property. Currently, IBHS members comprise approximately 76 percent of residential property insurance and 50 percent of commercial property insurance sold in the U.S. While impressive, all property insurance companies should financially support IBHS to achieve the goals in the Disaster Safety Strategy and drive resilience forward.

For questions about membership or becoming a member, please contact: Joy Stokes (

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.

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.

Learn from top subject matter experts while developing your technical skills and soft skills during an internship at IBHS. Work alongside us in our state-of-the-art lab to help build stronger, safer buildings and more disaster-resistant communities. Successful candidates will:

  • Be interested in working with and developing state-of-the-art technology in a one-of-a-kind laboratory
  • Be organized and detail-oriented
  • Be willing to learn new technologies
  • Be excellent problem solvers, both individually and as part of a team
  • Be good communicators, with excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Strive for the highest quality of work, following precise instructions
  • Excel in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment