IBHS Plans for Research Facility to Aid in Building
The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) located in Tampa,
Fla., will begin construction later this year of the Insurance Center
for Building Safety Research. Funded by the IBHS's insurer and reinsurer
members, the facility will conduct research to find ways to build
more durable homes and buildings.
The new center will include full-scale testing and construction
components will be included, and a two-track research program will
allow IBHS to focus on different types of catastrophic events, such
as high winds and wind-driven water intrusion. According to the
group's announcement, the findings will be used in consumer education
and advocacy programs, as well as for developing public policies,
such as building codes.
addition, the center will also allow IBHS to further ongoing research
efforts and partnerships. For example, the group has been working
with the University of Florida, Florida International University
and also private laboratories on wind-driven water intrusion research.
The IBHS is currently evaluating potential sites for the center,
which will require about a 100-acre parcel. Selection criteria include
a mild climate to allow for year-round research and significant
amounts of electricity through a plant or substation.
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