Wind performance of Commercial Ballasted Roof Systems

Date: January 26, 2025
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Commercial ballasted roof systems are installed atop a wide variety of occupancies, including office buildings and warehouses. While these roof systems offer protection from hail damage, they remain vulnerable to high winds. Resulting failures can create a cascade of damage to surrounding structures as ballast rocks and pavers could become wind-borne debris. Join IBHS experts as they highlight our commercial ballast roof tests to examine their performance in high winds.

Disaster Discussions: IBHS insights on the Marshall Fire’s wind-fueled trek through Boulder County

Start date: January 1, 2026
End date: January 2, 2026
All-day event

Following the fast-moving, devastating wildfire that engulfed the communities of Superior and Louisville, CO, IBHS experts were deployed to the region to gather data and meet with local residents and officials. In our latest episode, our team shares their preliminary insights along with:
• Meteorological variables that caused the extreme, damaging wind gusts
• Fire fuel characteristics that lead to urban conflagration
• Vulnerabilities in community and individual structure materials and landscaping
• Social science of perceived wildfire risk in communities

Disaster Discussions: December 10-11, 2021 Tornadoes

Date: January 10, 2026
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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.

• Ian Giammanco
• Sarah Dillingham
• Chuck Miccolis
• Murray Morrison

Guest perspective from Dr. Frank Lombardo, University of Illinois.
Hosted By: Christina Gropp and Armand Broady


Date: August 26, 2026
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

IBHS Chief Engineer Dr. Anne Cope sat down with Lyle Donan, president and CEO of Donan Engineering, to discuss critical needs across the commercial building sector in the wake of the tragic Surfside condominium collapse. Lyle and Anne cover a range of topics in this special interview at the IBHS Research Center, from commercial building inspections to how engineers can improve their communication with business and home owners.

Wildfire Prepared Home Designation Briefing

Date: October 12, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Join us for a 30-minute progress briefing on the new Wildfire Prepared Home designation program. Learn about how the advances in wildfire science has enabled this program, the components of a wildfire prepared home, and how the designation process will be implemented. As we are continuing to develop the program for homeowners to achieve meaningful wildfire risk reductions at the parcel level, get an inside look at the program and to the future of achieving this at the community level.

Disaster Discussions: Hurricane Ida

Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Join IBHS meteorologists Dr. Ian Giammanco and Christina Gropp as they dive into Hurricane Ida, from its rapid intensification before landfall all the way through the impact its remnants had on the northeast and the damage it caused. Dr. Giammanco was also on the ground before and after Ida, hear his perspectives on preparedness and the early damage assessments from South Louisiana.