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Building Resilient Homes

May 12, 2017

©Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

With severe weather events on the rise, it makes sense to make sure your home is prepared for the worst that Mother Nature has to throw at it.

A sustainable home can also be a resilient home, with a greater ability for re-habitation after a disaster event. After a rash of severe storms, resiliency has gained the attention of homeowners, construction professionals and the insurance industry.

A program like FORTIFIED Home™, created by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety® (IBHS), is one example of how the interests of homeowners, builders and insurance companies are coming together to adopt higher building standards to help demonstrate a home’s ability to withstand disasters like hurricanes or high-wind events.

IBHS is a nonprofit research and communications organization that aims to strengthens homes, business and communities against natural disasters and other causes of damage. The FORTIFIED Home™ national resiliency standard aims to mitigate disaster-related risk through the use of innovative construction techniques. The program has been picking up speed in states that are prone to tornados, hurricanes, and other weather events.

A tight building envelope built with The ZIP System sheathing and tape is also contributes to the resilient nature of a home.

See how The ZIP System has been used as part of a resilient building program to help strengthen homes against high wind damage in this Channel 6 news clip.

This blog was developed by Huber Engineered Woods. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Lumber and Structured Panels, Roofing, Thermal Envelope

Companies: Huber Engineered Woods


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