IBHS made history on February 20, 2013, demonstrating innovative leadership in building science and property damage prevention, by conducting the first-ever full-scale hailstorm in an indoor, controlled laboratory setting. From making the hailstones to building the delivery system for the hailstones, IBHS engineers have been working since 2010 to develop a test demonstration protocol and customized equipment that will lead to an enhanced understanding of the real-world effects of hailstorms.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center is a unique, state-of-the-art, multi-risk applied research and training in Chester County, South Carolina. 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. The scientific research conducted here will influence residential and commercial structural design and construction for decades to come, and will significantly advance building science by enabling researchers to more fully and accurately evaluate various residential and commercial construction materials and systems.