Building Safer Homes
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Researchers at The Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes applied the first realistic hurricane wind load simulation to a full-scale house in 2008, providing valuable information for how to make structures safer. The Western University facility is the first-of its-kind in the world to allow researchers to simulate and study realistic damage to full-scale houses from wind, snow and rain – all within a controlled environment. Capable of simulating pressures as strong as a Category 5 hurricane, it allows engineers and architects to build safer, healthier, more cost-effective homes, develop cost-effective ways to retrofit existing homes and reduce human error uring construction.