Join IBHS experts for a special Disaster Dynamics Academy (DDA) that will dive deep into the most common residential roof covering in America: asphalt shingles. This two-day event will include hands-on educational opportunities that will focus on the wind performance of asphalt shingles. Attendees will learn how these shingles are tested, explore real-world performance studies, and develop an understanding of asphalt shingle vulnerabilities during high-wind events.
Join IBHS experts along with special guests as they dive into a study of asphalt shingle performance in Southwest Louisiana during Hurricane Laura (2020). We will explore how shingle age plays a role in damage and how other building attributes may affect a roof’s performance!
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.
Watch live coverage of the launch event for Wildfire Prepared Home – A Program of IBHS
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.
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
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
Following the catastrophic and devastating events in Surfside, IBHS CEO Roy Wright sat down with Chief Engineer Anne Cope to discuss high-rise condos—their construction, building codes, maintenance, and aging. Our hearts go out to all the victims of this fateful event as we confront the tragic aftermath.
This virtual roundtable will feature a panel of affordable housing and resilience practitioners at the state, local, and federal levels, and a fireside chat with Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, and Roy Wright, President & CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).
This virtual Disaster Dynamics Academy focuses on cutting through the noise and exploring the effect of climate changes on severe storms, hurricanes, and wildfires.
Our final Disaster Dynamics Academy for 2021 will focus on the catastrophic impacts of wildfires when they spread into our built environment.