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LEVELS OF FORTIFIED HOME DESIGNATION
COMPONENT/SYSTEM BRONZE SILVER GOLD
Roof deck is sealed
Roof deck attachment meets program standards
Roof covering condition meets standards
Roof-mounted vents are high-wind rated
Soffit vents will resist water intrusion
Gable overhangs and vents are properly constructed
Gable end vents are protected against water intrusion
GABLES OVER 4' TALL—EXTERIOR (If applicable)
Must have structural sheathing
Impact-protected with an approved system
Roof connected to beam to resist uplift
Beam connected to column to resist uplift
Column anchored to structure to resist uplift
GABLES OVER 4' TALL—BRACING (If applicable)
Braced to withstand high wind pressures
CHIMNEYS (If applicable)
Properly attached to structure
Have adequate design pressure ratings
CONTINUOUS LOAD PATH
nature. The Institute uses results obtained from
realistic, full-scale research tests to develop clear
recommendations for the design, construction,
repair, and retrofitting of homes to prepare them for
catastrophes. IBHS provides building professionals with training on the strongest and most critical
building standards currently available.
While the initial Resilience Star Pilot Project was
a success, it has since evolved, and Resilience Star is
now part of the IBHS FORTIFIED Home program.
For a structure to be recognized as a FORTIFIED
Home, the homeowner must complete a free
online application and have a trained FORTIFIED
Evaluator determine and document the current
condition of the home. The evaluator will provide
a Current Condition Report that summarizes the
state of the home and outlines any modifications
required to achieve FORTIFIED designation for
hurricanes, hail, or high winds—the three categories
for which FORTIFIED Home standards currently
exist. The homeowner will then work with a build-
ing professional to make the repairs and retrofits
outlined in the report, and a designation inspec-
tion will be performed after the work is completed.
The FORTIFIED Home program recognizes
homes that are constructed for strength and preparedness, and promotes the return on investment
that resilient homes can offer. The program protects homeowners from financial loss by delivering
more sustainable, energy-efficient homes; provides
homebuilders with the opportunity to increase
their profit margins by offering FORTIFIED Home
upgrades; and potentially improves the government’s bottom line by reducing the amount of
federal and state aid required after a disaster.
Learn more about the IBHS FORTIFIED Home
program at www.fortifiedhome.org.