IBHS Session Focuses on Building High Performance Homes

Innovations in home design and performance are building opportunity like never before at the 2013 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. For the first time, show attendees can learn from IBHS building science experts and earn continuing education credits during a Building Knowledge Session.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is partnering with the National Institute for Building Science (NIBS) to teach a unique class about the science of building high performance homes. The class is at 10:30 a.m. – noon January 23 in South 220. Attendees are eligible for 1.5 CE credit.

“We will be focusing on how building science is making it possible to build homes that can perform better in today’s environment,” said IBHS’ Fred Malik, a former home builder who now heads the Institute’s FORTIFIED Program. “We want people to understand that how they choose to make a home sustainable, may negatively impact its resilience, and vice versa.  Building science and the research we are doing is making it possible for builders and homeowners to make informed decisions to improve how their homes perform on a daily basis as well as in extreme conditions.”

The IBHS presentation will focus on a number of advancements in building science research, including how full scale testing is revealing hidden vulnerabilities of roof systems and multi-layer wall systems. Vulnerabilities of multi-layer wall systems were highlighted during testing at the IBHS Research Center and published in a recent report co-authored by IBHS, NAHB Research Center, the Foam Sheathing Committee and the Vinyl Siding Institute. 

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