IBHS and ICC to Work Together More Closely

February 22, 2011

The Institute for Business & Home Safety and the International Code Council have signed a memorandum of understanding, which will increase the role IBHS building science data plays in the creation of new building codes by the ICC.

Supported by the property insurance industry, IBHS offers a suite of voluntary, code-plus “Fortified” standards and guidelines for the design and construction of new homes and light commercial structures, as well as for retrofitting existing homes to strengthen them against natural and man-made hazards. Engineering-based materials that comprise the Fortified program elements, along with new building science findings from tests conducted at the IBHS Research Center in South Carolina will be used to inform the development of new ICC codes and standards for both wind-related and non-wind related hazards.

"We are very happy to be broadening and deepening our working relationship with the International Code Council this year," says Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO. "Data from our work at the unique IBHS Research Center must be translated into specific, actionable items for architects, engineers, building owners, and other stakeholders in the built environment. Integrating our scientific findings into the codes will be a highly effective way to disseminate this valuable information to the people who need it."

"The ICC and its members are eager to work with IBHS with its new, state-of-the-art research facility to further advance the science of building safety," said Dominic Sims, ICC COO. "The development, adoption and enforcement of technically advanced codes are at the core of ICC's mission to develop safe and more durable communities across the United States and around the globe."