4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone. Losses from wildfires added up to $5.1 billion over the past 10 years.* IBHS believes improving codes and installation guidance will result in reduced losses.
How We Reduce Losses
IBHS simulates wildfire conditions to understand what makes structures vulnerable to wildfire, and to evaluate existing code requirements, products, and test standards. Resulting research and insights will influence codes and standards, leading to better adoption, better products, and more wildfire-resistant structures. IBHS also collaborates with partners to conduct post-wildfire investigations to propose effective mitigation strategies, and to conduct experiments to better understand defensible space and the nature of embers, which will ultimately lead to better guidance for property owners.