Builders like D.R. Horton in the
"While we always strive to build homes to high structural standards, we are pleased to participate in the FORTIFIED Home program and to offer D.R. Horton customers in
FORTIFIED Home–Hurricane is a third-party verification program that uses a unique systems-based, holistic approach to create stronger, safer homes based on a set of superior building standards. IBHS' FORTIFIED Home–Hurricane employs an incremental approach toward making new and existing homes more hurricane-resistant by offering three levels of designations—Bronze, Silver and Gold—so builders and contractors can work with homeowners to choose a desired level of protection that best suits their budgets and resilience goals. More than half of all FORTIFIED homes that have been designated to date are located in
Also, a new independent study of homes in
In addition to new construction, such as that being done by D.R. Horton, FORTIFIED Home–Hurricane standards are available for retrofitting existing homes. To help alleviate the cost for homeowners at all income levels to retrofit their homes, the
Smart Home America (SHA), a grassroots nonprofit organization, which promotes improved building codes and stronger, sustainable building methods, has been instrumental in much of the progress
"If we can get the roof right, we can significantly reduce the damage to homes when severe weather strikes," concluded Malik.
Visit fortifiedhome.org and sign up to learn more about FORTIFIED Home, future training opportunities, how to begin the designation process, how to find a FORTIFIED Evaluator, and other helpful resources.
IBHS' mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.
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