IBHS News

Storm Season a Reminder of the Benefits of Building Stronger Homes

A Burnet County home that was picked up and carried 100 yards by a tornado last month, was reinforced according to its owner, Trenton Ashworth. The National Weather System reported that the EF-2 tornado that hit the Texas county on …

Better Data Is Key to Improved Building Codes

For building codes, the past year has been one of flux. Superstorm Sandy and western state wildfires fueled debate on strengthening building codes to mitigate property damage and save lives. New York City approved legislation to strengthen building codes, while …

South Carolina Research Lab Aims to Change Building Methods

The insurance industry hopes a 21,000-square-foot lab in rural South Carolina can help revolutionize the way homes are built and stem the cost of Mother Nature’s disasters. Officials at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety say the wake …

Delegation Watches Wildfire Simulation in South Carolina Lab

Members of Congress traveled to South Carolina to watch a simulated wildfire and learn how building codes can lessen a fire’s destruction. Four Republican congressmen toured the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety in Chester County on Tuesday. They …

Part 1: Top 4 Current Trends in Solving the Roof Risk Problem

Everyone is talking about the roof risk problem. It is the hot topic among both insurance and reinsurance carriers, as well as vendors. BuildFax conducted interviews with industry experts ─  from the C-suite to actuaries, underwriters to adjusters, to inspectors …

Commentary: It’s Time to Stand Up for Building Stronger Homes and Businesses

These days, consumers are well aware of the important safety benefits of automobile airbags, safety belts, and other protective equipment. Yet, when it comes to standards for safer homes and businesses, they generally do not understand the importance of strong …

State Farm Names Top Ten States With Most Hail Losses

Wind and hail storms remain some of the most frequent and severe causes of property damage. This year the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center conducted the first-ever indoor hailstorm, in an effort to research building …

IBHS Commends Maryland Legislators for Strengthening Building Code

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) commends the Maryland Legislature for passing SB 750 / HB 769, which prohibits local jurisdictions from weakening the wind design and windborne debris provisions of the Maryland Building Performance Standards. The …

Manmade Hailstorm Allows Study of Damage to Residential Home Building Materials

An indoor hailstorm bombarded a full size home inside the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) in Richburg, S.C. recently. Close to 10,000 hailstones, measuring up to two inches in diameter pelted the 20 foot x 30 foot …

Wildfire Risk High in 2013 Due to Warm Weather, Drought: IBHS

With a mild winter, relatively warmer weather in general, and drought conditions expected to continue in 2013, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is urging home and business owners to take action now to effectively reduce their …