IBHS to Present Science of Building High Performance Homes at International Builders Show


WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 22, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is partnering with the National Institute for Building Science (NIBS) to teach a unique class about the science of building high performance homes at the 2013 International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

The IBHS presentation will focus on a number of advancements in building science research, including how full scale testing is revealing hidden vulnerabilities of roof systems and multi-layer wall systems. Vulnerabilities of multi-layer wall systems were highlighted during testing at the IBHS Research Center and published in a recent report co-authored by IBHS, the NAHB Research Center, the Foam Sheathing Committee and the Vinyl Siding Institute.

“We will focus on how building science is making it possible to build homes that can perform better in today’s ever-changing environment,” said IBHS’ Fred Malik, a former home builder who now heads the Institute’s FORTIFIED Program.

“We want people to understand that how they choose to make a home sustainable may negatively impact its resilience and durability. Sustainable homes are terrific, but they won’t be very green if they end up as debris in a landfill following a natural disaster,” explained Malik.

“Building science and the research IBHS is doing are making it possible for builders and homeowners to make informed decisions to improve the performance of their homes on a daily basis as well as under extreme weather conditions.”

The class will be held Wednesday, January 23, from 10:30 a.m. – noon in South 220 and attendees are eligible for 1.5 CE credit from the American Institute of Architects.

IBHS is a leading national expert on preparing for, and repairing and rebuilding structures after, a catastrophe to make them more disaster-resistant. To arrange an interview with IBHS, contact Joseph King at 813-675-1045/813-442-2845, "> or via direct message on Twitter @jsalking.

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About the IBHS

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks on residential and commercial property by conducting building science research and advocating improvedconstruction, maintenance and preparedness practices.


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