Preview the new 2020 FORTIFIED Home™ Standard, which will become effective for projects permitted on or after November 1, 2021.
As a companion to the Summary of Changes, IBHS will release a series of videos in which FORTIFIED Engineering Director Julie Lowrey delves into the changes coming to FORTIFIED with the release of the 2020 Standard
How does the 2020 version differ from previous versions?
The 2020 version:
- Presents all FORTIFIED Home standards (Hurricane, High Wind, Hail) in a single, bookmarked document that is easier to navigate.
- Includes the latest technical updates, including those that make FORTIFIED consistent with model building code changes and ASCE 7-16.
- Includes new content that clarifies the language of previous versions and simplifies compliance forms, which is intended to make it easier to interpret and apply the standards.
See Summary of Changes for specific details.
When will the 2020 standard become effective?
The 2020 standard will become effective for projects permitted on or after November 1, 2021.
What additional content will support the new 2020 standard?
In 2021, we will release updated technical bulletins and calculators. We will also launch a new video series explaining key changes and host Q&A sessions with FORTIFIED Professionals to answer questions.
When is the next scheduled update for FORTIFIED Home?
The standard will be updated and go into effect on a three-year schedule. The next version is scheduled for 2023.