FORTIFIED Commercial™ is a voluntary superior building resilience standard, compliance process, and designation program created by IBHS to make new and existing commercial buildings stronger against severe weather, including hurricanes and high wind. 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–Wind construction standard is relevant everywhere.

FORTIFIED Commercial designations are currently available only in Alabama.

FORTIFIED Commercial–Wind construction standard and compliance is relevant nationally.

Construction Standard

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) FORTIFIED Commercial–Wind resilience standard addresses specific severe weather risks and provides recommendations for reducing damage. The FORTIFIED Commercial–Wind standard helps building owners improve their commercial structure’s ability to resist damage from hurricanes, tropical and convective storms. Incorporating FORTIFIED features when building will transform a commercial building into a more resilient and durable asset.

Forms

New Construction & New Additions Form

In a continued effort to make our product more simple and user friendly, IBHS has updated our 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–Wind standard.

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 – Re-Roofing

These compliance forms for existing construction and existing additions covers all the relevant aspects of the program in one document for low-slope roofs and one for steep-slope roofs.

These forms are 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.

Low-Slope

Steep-Slope