Department of Homeland Security Takes on STAR™ Project

November 21st, 2013 by DWM Magazine

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says a top priority is to work with state, local, and private sector partners in an effort to make communities more resilient in the face of disasters.

As part of that effort, DHS is undertaking a pilot project designed to promote building design that recognizes best practices that help make buildings more resilient. The initiative, the DHS Resilience STAR™ Home Pilot Project, will be a government-led, public-private initiative. Through the pilot project, DHS will work together with the private sector to engage homeowners, builders and contractors in communities at high risk for certain natural disasters to identify proactive steps to enhance the resilience of the homes.

The Resilience STAR™ designation, which is modeled after the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR campaign, will be given to structures that are built to withstand damage from certain disasters, utilizing the standards and third-party verification process in the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) FORTIFIED programs. The FORTIFIED standards are designed to improve the quality of residential construction and feature practical, meaningful solutions for new and existing homes throughout the United States.

The first pilot project will take place in the next few months along the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast. DHS is currently soliciting applications from builders, contractors, and homeowners who would like to participate in this project.

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