Local and State Government

Learn how FORTIFIED lowers risk, reduces damage, increases home values and lessens the cost of post-disaster clean-up.

Introduction to the IBHS Research Center from IBHS on Vimeo.

Informed decisions make a smart home; informed decision-makers create resilient communities. Our communities look to their leaders for guidance. We want to support your efforts by providing resources and information to help you make informed decisions.

FORTIFIED improves Building Codes, allowing communities and economies to recover quicker, reduce clean-up costs and get back to normal. Every $1 spent on pre-disaster mitigation saves $4 in recovery costs 
FORTIFIED Resilient Building Standard Increases Home Value
THE EFFECT OF FORTIFIED™ CONSTRUCTION ON HOME RESALE VALUE Switching from conventional construction standards to FORTIFIED increases the value of a home by nearly 7 percent.

BUILDING CODES are minimum standards that protect life safety. We look to help improve local building codes in order to better protect property and reduce the risk of major damage and disruptive property losses.

THE CODE SUPPLEMENT includes FORTIFIED’s code+ recommendations, providing improved protection and added benefits such as less damage and lower insurance costs for communities, businesses, and residents.

LEGISLATION Enacted bills, laws and acts passed in support of community resilience and mitigation efforts in the States of Alabama and Mississippi since 2009. These successful pieces of legislation, along with improved building codes, serve as the foundation of stronger communities and are examples for others.
The Alabama Coastal Insurance Shopper’s Guide
THE ALABAMA COASTAL INSURANCE SHOPPER’S GUIDE provides all the information needed to make informed decisions about homeowners insurance.

STRONG & SUSTAINABLE Building better first protects other investments into a property and ensures it will better withstand the tests of time and Mother Nature. Small changes and simple steps can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars each year on energy and insurance costs. 

EDUCATION Smart Home America has long partnered elected officials, cities and municipalities to provide education services focused on stronger construction practices, insurance and incentives and the FORTIFIED program. If you or your organization are interested in learning more about FORTIFIED, contact us.

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