FORTIFIED Commercial™ is a voluntary set of superior building resilience standards, compliance process, and designation program created by IBHS to make new commercial buildings stronger against severe weather, including hurricanes and high winds/high winds and hail. FORTIFIED Commercial employs an incremental approach with three levels of designations available—FORTIFIED Roof™, FORTIFIED Silver™, and FORTIFIED Gold™—so design professionals can work with building owners to choose a desired level of protection that best suits their budgets and resilience goals.

FORTIFIED Commercial construction standards are relevant everywhere.

FORTIFIED Commercial designations are currently available only in Alabama.

FORTIFIED Commercial construction standards and compliance is relevant nationally.

Construction Standards

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) FORTIFIED Commercial resilience standards address specific natural hazard risks and provide recommendations for reducing damage particular to that risk. FORTIFIED Commercial™–Hurricane standards help building owners improve their commercial structure’s ability to resist damage from hurricanes and tropical storms. Incorporating FORTIFIED features when building will transform a commercial building into a more resilient and durable asset.



New Construction & New Additions Form

In a continued effort to make our Hurricane product more simple and user friendly, IBHS has updated our Hurricane compliance forms. This compliance form for new construction and new additions covers all the relevant aspects of the program in one encompassing document.

Qualifications for new construction and new additions are listed in section 3.1.1 of the FORTIFIED Commercial–Hurricane standards.

This form is to be filled out by the project architect, a licensed structural engineer, and the general contractor and/or roofer. It confirms the requirements for the selected FORTIFIED level have been included in the building documents and the contractor and/or roofer is aware of these requirements.

Fill out only the applicable sections. For example, if a low‐sloped roof is the only type of roof on the project, do not fill out the steep‐slope section—mark the section as not applicable (N/A).


Existing Construction & Existing Additions Form