Where Science Creates Resilience

For decades the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety has studied the damage caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, and other severe weather events and identified common weaknesses in typically built homes. We then spent years testing ways to make homes more resilient in the only full-scale research center in the world. Now, you can use our science to defend your home, simply by asking your contractor to follow the FORTIFIED construction method.

Studying the Effects of Severe Weather on the Built Environment

Researchers at IBHS test different methods for reducing property damage in a $40 million research facility in South Carolina. There, they subject full-size homes to realistic storm conditions including wind-driven rain, hail, and winds up to 130 mph.  




Post-Disaster Research

When hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather occurs, IBHS researchers examine the damage to identify common ways homes are damaged. We then focus our research on ways to prevent or minimize the most prevalent vulnerabilities.


The FORTIFIED team offers useful tips and research-backed insights to help you protect your home and property. Prepare your home for inclement weather and learn about the impacts of high wind, hail, heavy storms and other severe weather hazards from the scientists and building science experts at IBHS.


FORTIFIED Engineering Director


Managing Director of FORTIFIED


Chief Engineer


Managing Director of Research


Senior Director of Product Design & Lead Meteorologist

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Do you want to keep up with the latest resiliency research? Would you like timely tips and reminders to keep your home safe from Mother Nature? Are you interested in the science behind the FORTIFIED standard?  Then sign up for the FORTIFIED Update, today!

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