Building Safer Homes

This article was originally written and submitted as part of a Canada 150 Project, the Innovation Storybook, to crowdsource stories of Canadian innovation with partners across Canada. The content has since been migrated to Ingenium’s Channel, a digital hub featuring curated content related to science, technology and innovation.

Building Safer Homes

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.

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