IBHS News

After Hurricanes, Focus Turns to Assessing the Effectiveness of Building Code Adoption

As residents and businesses continue to recover after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, focus is beginning to turn to mitigation. In Florida, where experts say better buildings codes resulted from Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago, analysis will include how improved codes …

4 Lessons From Hurricane Andrew

It’s been 25 years since Hurricane Andrew struck the coast of Florida on August 24, 1992. The state was no match for the 17-foot storm surge and high winds the category 5 storm produced. Andrew became the costliest disaster in …

Munich Re US, IBHS Launch New App Emphasizing Safer Homes

A new mobile app designed to help homeowners better understand how to strengthen their homes to withstand severe weather events has been released by Munich Re, US, and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). FORTIFIED Home On …

Firewise Program Continues to Educate Homeowners on Wildfire Mitigation

The raging wildfire in Alberta, Canada, has prompted concerns in the U.S. that this wildfire season will be as bad as last year. In 2015, there were more than 68,000 wildfires in the U.S. making it one of the worst …

Extreme Weather Points to Value in Protecting Supply Chains

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, citing a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report, “Federal Supply Chains: Opportunities to Improve the Management of Climate-Related Risks,” urged the federal government and private sector to better understand and protect against …

IBHS: After Katrina, Roofing Regulations Stronger on Gulf Coast

According to new research by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, stronger building codes and standards, along with more stringent requirements for inspections, building permits, and contractor licensing, all have contributed to safer, stronger roofs in coastal Alabama, …

Commentary: Stronger Building Codes Make Communities More Resilient

Even though predicted to be a below-average hurricane season, two tropical storms already have made landfall in the U.S. Of all types of severe weather, hurricanes are the most costly natural disaster in recent decades, representing seven of the ten …

IBHS Report Evaluating States Emphasizes Importance of Updated Building Codes

Stronger Construction Standards Reduce Tornado Destruction: IBHS

“The devastation and damage to homes and businesses caused by tornadoes can and should be reduced by better construction methods,” said Dr. Tim Reinhold, chief engineer and senior vice president of research, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). …

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 …