IBHS Research Center Grand Opening Set for Oct. 19

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The official Grand Opening of the Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) unique, new multi-hazard Research Center in Chester County, South Carolina, is set for Oct. 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.

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The world-class IBHS Research Center is designed to accurately simulate severe weather events such as category 1, 2, and 3 hurricanes, other types of high-wind events, wind-driven rain, hailstorms and wildfires in a controlled, repeatable environment.

The official Grand Opening of the Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) unique, new multi-hazard Research Center in Chester County, South Carolina, is set for Oct. 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.

The world-class, cutting edge IBHS Research Center is designed to accurately simulate severe weather events such as category 1, 2, and 3 hurricanes, other types of high-wind events, wind-driven rain, hailstorms and wildfires in a controlled, repeatable environment. IBHS researchers will conduct full-scale testing of one- and two-story residential and commercial structures in the facility’s 21,000 square-foot test chamber.

Grand Opening Severe Thunderstorm Test Details:

  •     At approximately 1:30 p.m., IBHS researchers will conduct a full-scale wind test with 105 fans producing winds with gusts up to 110 mph. Two identical looking 1,300 square foot, two-story homes will sit side by side in the test chamber -- one house will have been built using conventional construction standards common in the Midwestern U.S., and the other house will be built to IBHS’ code-plus FORTIFIED for Safer Living® superior construction standards as they would apply in that same area of the country. The houses are based on a real FORTIFIED home in Bloomington, Ill.
  •     Members of the media are invited to shoot stills and video footage of the homes, inside and out, before the test.
  •     Members of the media and other invited guests will view the test from an observation room with 18-foot tall, impact resistant windows into the test chamber.
  •     Following the test, media can re-enter the test chamber to shoot post-test stills and video footage of the homes.

Available for Interviews:

  •     Julie Rochman, IBHS CEO & President
  •     Tim Reinhold, PhD, IBHS SVP of Research & Chief Engineer
  •     Anne Cope, PhD., IBHS Director of Research

Satellite Media Tour:

  •     For members of the media who cannot attend the event in-person, IBHS will conduct a satellite media tour the morning of Oct. 20.
  •     If you would like to book a satellite interview please contact Joseph King, IBHS media relations manager at 813-675-1045 / 813-442-2845 or jking(at)ibhs(dot)org.

Space for this event is limited. Please RSVP to Joseph King.

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