ICFs Support Fortified Homes Certification

| by David Morris
ICFs Support Fortified Homes Certification

As severe weather events seem to become more common, homeowners are becoming more interested in storm resilient homes.

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety created the Fortified Home program to help strengthen homes from hurricanes, high winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms. You can design a home to protect your family home from natural disasters by using Fortified Home construction standards and methods. The IBHS Fortified standard goes beyond emergency preparedness and disaster preparedness. Fortified Home standards are currently available for hurricane, hail and high wind risks.

Like a green building certification such as Energy Star, Fortified Homes are evaluated by a third-party rater.

The Fortified Home program has three levels of designation—Bronze, Silver and Gold—that build upon each other, allowing you to choose the desired level of protection that best suits your budgets and resilience goals. Certification is available for new and existing homes.

Homeowners and builders are turning to insulated concrete forms to meet the risks from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding, and other risks
ICF buildings can withstand winds of 200-300 mph (compared to the 120 mph of stick- frames) and have a 4-hour fire rating.

Homes built to the Fortified standard usually have lower insurance costs, and homes built with ICFs are energy efficient as well, so there are budgetary benefits as well as peace of mind from living in a safer home.

Check out the potential risks for your area with the risk finder tool at the IBHS home page.

This blog was developed by Fox Blocks. 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, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF

Companies: Fox Blocks

David Morris
A Detroit native, David T. Morris, LEED® Green Associate, used his drive for entrepreneurship, innovation & new product development to develop a patented product and later took a new building product to market. In 2012, he became U.S. East Regional Manager with Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Company, managing ICF sales in seven states. Since 2006, David has delivered more than 140 IFA/ICF training seminars to contractors, plus another 120 presentations to architects and engineers. He is a featured speaker and SME on High-Performance Buildings, and his efforts have resulted in environmentally friendly construction being specified for residential, commercial, and institutional buildings throughout the country.

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