IBHS conducts research on full-scale residential structures to understand performance under real-world conditions. Results are used to inform the IBHS FORTIFIED Standards and other guidance.
Two full-scale, two-story, 1,300-square-foot houses were placed next to each other in the test chamber—one built using conventional construction standards common in the Midwest, and one built to IBHS’ FORTIFIED code-plus standards for the Midwest. Both were subjected to the same severe thunderstorm conditions.
[Members Only] Disaster Safety Review – More Than A Grand Opening
Results of this study are incorporated into the IBHS FORTIFIED Standards, which are designed to help strengthen homes against high winds and other hazards.