Live Event: Exploring the Performance of Asphalt Shingles During Hurricane Laura (2020)

Date: August 25, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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!

Wind performance of Commercial Ballasted Roof Systems

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

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

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

UNDERSTANDING ENGINEERING NEEDS IN THE WAKE OF THE SURFSIDE CONDO COLLAPSE

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

A CONVERSATION ON RESILIENCE: THE SURFSIDE DISASTER

Date: July 27, 2027
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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.

Past Events

Wildfire Prepared Home : Program Launch Event

Start date: June 22, 2022
End date: June 23, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Watch live coverage of the launch event for Wildfire Prepared Home – A Program of IBHS

Virtual Roundtable – Making Affordable Housing Climate Ready

Date: March 31, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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).

IBHS Disaster Dynamics Academy: From the Bull’s-eye Effect to Climate Change, Our Influence on Severe Convective Storms, Hurricanes, & Wildfires | March 15 & 16, 2022

Start date: March 15, 2022
End date: March 16, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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This virtual Disaster Dynamics Academy focuses on cutting through the noise and exploring the effect of climate changes on severe storms, hurricanes, and wildfires.

IBHS Disaster Dynamics Academy:
Wildfire in our Communities | Nov. 2–3, 2021

Start date: November 2, 2021
End date: November 3, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Our final Disaster Dynamics Academy for 2021 will focus on the catastrophic impacts of wildfires when they spread into our built environment.

Wildfire Prepared Home Designation Briefing

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

IBHS Live Broadcast Event – Real-World Performance of FORTIFIED Home: From Florence to Sally

Date: September 14, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Where & When: September 14, 2021 11 A.M. ET What to Expect: We have seen tremendous growth in the number of FORTIFIED homes. Homeowners and communities are using the standard to bend down the risk curve. Members will get an in-depth look at how FORTIFIED Home was put to the test during recent hurricane seasons as Dr. Ian…

IBHS Live Broadcast Event – Wildfire Smoke Plumes

Date: August 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Understanding Detection, Modeling & The Potential for Smoke Claims

IBHS Live – Wildfire Fuel Breaks

Date: July 13, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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IBHS researchers are working with collaborators from the U.S. Forest Service and Tall Timbers to better understand influence of wind speed and fuel moisture on fire spread at fuel breaks. Come inside IBHS’s large test chamber to see these experiments in action. This event will be streamed across multiple platforms and is open to everyone.

DDA: Commercial Roofs | June 22-24, 2021

Start date: June 22, 2021
End date: June 24, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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This special Disaster Dynamics Academy (DDA) 3 day event explores the vulnerabilities of commercial roofs when confronted with high winds and hail.