Studies & Reports
IBHS research examines how wind-driven rain gets inside a home during hurricane-force winds.
The field project described in this summary provides the first field data on the hardness of hailstones, which is measured as the compressive force required to fracture an individual hailstone.
Comparing the wind loads experienced by porous exterior siding, wall sheathing, and interior gypsum wall board during full-scale wind tunnel tests with dynamic pressure chamber tests.
A comparison of field and full-scale laboratory peak pressures at the IBHS Research Center.
A description of the FORTIFIED HomeTM Hurricane program, the basis for the levels developed, and the expected benefits in reducing hurricane loss vulnerability.
A look at IBHS’ study to evaluate the potential for water entry into the attic through typical vents and through a sealed and unsealed roof deck under wind-driven rain exposures.
An assessment of residential building code and enforcement systems in hurricane-prone states.
In July 2012, IBHS conducted its first full-scale, high-wind test of commercial structures at its Research Center.
IBHS firmly believes the most effective way to achieve resilience is to take a community-wide approach to mitigation and strong construction practices. As a result, IBHS recognizes those builders who have created FORTIFIED communities in some of the nation’s most vulnerable states. The following community profiles are intended to showcase these pioneers.