Posts Tagged ‘ IBHS ’

IBHS: Stronger Construction Standards can Reduce Tornado Destruction

Feb 27th, 2015

“The devastation and damage to homes and businesses caused by tornadoes can and should be reduced by better construction methods,” says Dr. Tim Reinhold, chief engineer and senior vice president of research at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Reinhold has new recommendations to reduce tornado damage through stronger construction practices and […]

IBHS Urges Consumers to Rebuild Stronger on Hurricane Sandy Anniversary

Oct 26th, 2014

As the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 29, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has issued an advisory to residents in affected areas to rebuild and repair their communities, homes and businesses to be stronger and more hurricane-resistant. IBHS recommends specific guidelines for “Rebuilding and Repairing Safer and Stronger […]

IBHS: Hurricane Charley Research Still Relevant

Aug 14th, 2014

Following Hurricane Charley, which hit southwest Florida 10 years ago, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) researchers conducted a post-disaster research project. Several recurring lessons are still applicable today for consumers living in hurricane-prone states. The research found that stronger building codes improve the performance of houses during a hurricane. IBHS conducted a […]

House Passes Bill to Reauthorize National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

Jul 17th, 2014


The House of Representatives passed a bill this week that calls for an amendment of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2004. The bill, the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2013 (H.R. 1786), authorizes funding for increased research to reduce the vulnerability of homes and businesses to wind-related hazards. The bill was […]

IBHS Meets with White House on Resilience and Mitigation Issues

Jul 3rd, 2014

A group of property/casualty insurance senior executives and CEOs met with senior White House officials last week to discuss resilience, property mitigation and related issues. Julie Rochman, CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a research firm dedicated to making homes more resistant to extreme weather damages, was in attendance. “As […]

IBHS Launches New Program to Create Hurricane-Resistant Homes

Jun 25th, 2014

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) announced that it is launching a new program called Fortified HomeTM – Hurricane designed to help homeowners build safer, stronger new homes, and retrofit existing homes to make them more resistant to hurricanes. During the last few years, IBHS has conducted pilot projects using the new […]

IBHS Featured in New Designing for Disaster Exhibit at National Building Museum

May 15th, 2014

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) announced that video and photographs from testing conducted at the organization’s research center are part of the Washington D.C., National Building Museum’s newest exhibit, Designing for Disaster, which opened to the public on May 11. “IBHS conducts objective, scientific research to identify, evaluate and promote effective […]

IBHS Urges Participation in National PrepareAThon

Apr 29th, 2014

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) joined with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the first National PrepareAThon on April 30, which will help home and business owners become better prepared for natural disasters. “Research shows that communities, families and individuals who prepare in advance for possible disasters are better able […]

Department of Homeland Security Takes on STAR™ Project

Nov 21st, 2013

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 […]

IBHS Provides Guidance on Rebuilding Back Stronger and Safer on Hurricane Sandy Anniversary

Nov 1st, 2013

A year ago Hurricane Sandy knocked out power, flooded streets and destroyed homes in dozens of communities along the Atlantic Coast. Among the areas hardest hit by the storm were New Jersey and New York, where thousands were displaced from their homes and businesses. Since then, life is returning to normal, but, as is often […]