IBHS Helps Build Stronger, Safer St. Jude Dream HomeJanuary 27th, 2012 | Category: Industry News
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) announced that the standards of its FORTIFIED for Safer Living®, a construction program for new homes that provides specific standards and guidelines to build strong, safe new homes, will be used in the construction of the home in the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Eads, Tenn. The home features PlyGem MW 200 double hung windows with tempered glass.
“IBHS commends St. Jude for its commitment to building its Dream Home to be as resistant as possible to the natural catastrophes and severe weather that can occur in Tennessee,” said Fred Malik, IBHS FORTIFIED program manager. “By incorporating the IBHS FORTIFIED criteria, this home will be stronger, safer and more resilient than a traditional, code-compliant structure in the face of natural disasters like earthquakes, and severe weather events such as thunderstorms with high winds and hail.”
According to the announcement, Tennessee is one of eight states located in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which experienced some of the worst earthquakes in U.S. history. During 1811-12, the central Mississippi valley was violently shaken by a series of three earthquakes above a magnitude 7, and up to 200 substantial aftershocks. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a similar risk exists today, the announcement notes.
The St. Jude Dream Home will be constructed with more than a dozen IBHS FORTIFIED features designed to provide proactive, cost-effective protection against earthquakes, high winds and hail. The program is a cooperative effort of IBHS, Southern Serenity Homes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium.