Research Center

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center is a unique, state-of-the-art, multi-risk applied research and training facility on a 90-acre parcel of land in Chester County, South Carolina, approximately 45 minutes south of the Charlotte Airport. This facility will significantly advance building science by enabling researchers to more fully and accurately evaluate various residential and commercial construction materials and systems.

This facility is a tangible, very public demonstration of the property insurance industry’s deep commitment to reducing and preventing losses that disrupt the lives of millions of home and business owners each year. IBHS’ scientific research will influence residential and commercial structural design and construction for decades to come. Resulting savings on natural disaster-related losses – which totaled more than $26 billion across the U.S. in 2009 alone, and are expected to double every decade – will “pay for” the lab many times over. Download the Research Center Overview

IBHS Research Center in Photos

A photo gallery of the IBHS Research Center.

Congressional Roundtable

IBHS co-hosted a Congressional Delegation and South Carolina Gov. Haley on Nov. 12, 2013 to discuss building more disaster-resistant communities, and demonstrate on-going IBHS research, including a wildfire test demonstration.

Wind-Driven Rain Demonstration (2011)

In August 2011, IBHS conducted a first-of-its-kind full house examination of how wind-driven water penetrates common types of openings in residential roof systems.

Wildfire Demonstration (2011)

Simulating ember and radiant heat exposures on building components and assemblies at the IBHS Research Center.

Hailstorm Demonstration (2013)

The first-ever indoor hailstorm demonstration.

Commercial High Wind Test (2012)

Resources to help create stronger masonry structures based on the latest building science.

IBHS Research Center Grand Opening (2010)

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center is a unique, state-of-the-art, multi-risk applied research and training facility on a 90-acre parcel of land in Chester County, South Carolina, approximately 45 minutes south of the Charlotte Airport. This facility significantly advances building science by enabling researchers to more fully and accurately evaluate […]

Research Center Frequently Asked Questions

The mission of the IBHS Research Center is to identify, evaluate, and promote effective methods of property loss reduction and prevention. Real-world application of IBHS scientific research findings will lead to more durable, sustainable communities.

Research Center Overview

A one-page overview of the IBHS Research Center.