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.
Wildfire Ember Storm Test Demo – November 12, 2013
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.
Simulating ember and radiant heat exposures on building components and assemblies at the IBHS Research Center.
The first-ever indoor hailstorm demonstration.
Resources to help create stronger masonry structures based on the latest building science.
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.
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