IBHS Announces New Facility


IBHS has announced that it will build The Insurance Center for Building Safety Research in Chester County, South Carolina.  The primary purpose of this $27 million multi-peril research facility  funded entirely by insurers and reinsurers  is to identify effective methods of minimizing risk and loss to homes, businesses, and communities resulting from natural disasters. The research center will have the ability to subject 1,800 sq. ft., 2-story homes and light commercial construction to a variety of hazards, including realistic Category 3 hurricanes, wind-blown fire (mimicking wildfire embers), and hailstorms. The facility is expected to be completed and fully operational mid-2010.  The first two years the research will focus on roofs and roof coverings.

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