Researchers constructing model home to withstand high winds and hail

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The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) said the first FORTIFIED Home utilizing its high wind and hail standards will be built in Tulsa this year.

April 14, 2016
Researchers constructing model home to withstand high winds and hail

Photo: Daniel Rodriguez.

A property safety research organization backed by insurers said it is helping to build a model home in Oklahoma that is designed to withstand high winds and hail.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) said the first FORTIFIED Home utilizing its high wind and hail standards will be built in Tulsa this year. IBHS launched its new FORTIFIED Home–High Wind & Hail programs at the recent National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma. IBHS engineers believe property damage to homes from EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes can be virtually eliminated if they are built or retrofitted using FORTIFIED standards.

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