FOLEY - Stronger, resilient homes are edging into the mainstream across America and more homebuilders are embracing construction techniques that are proven to withstand Mother Nature’s severe weather events.
In recognition of the homebuilders who have voluntarily embraced FORTIFIED Home™ building standards for their valued customers, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is honoring the nine recipients of its third annual FORTIFIED Home Volume Awards. This year’s award winners include several homebuilders and certified FORTIFIED Home evaluators from Daphne, Foley and Fairhope, as well as Mobile and Cantonment, Fla.
“The award recognizes our honorees’ commitment to building stronger, safer and more durable homes,” said Fred Malik, vice president of IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home program. “It also demonstrates that this construction standard is readily available, affordable and absolutely the most prudent decision for consumers either building new homes, or retrofitting existing homes, in areas that are at risk for high-wind weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.”
Malik added, “All of our award winners are making a real-world impact by enabling their local communities to be more resilient to severe weather and setting a benchmark for their industry peers to follow.”
This year’s FORTIFIED Home Volume Award honorees received either a Crown Award, Crystal Award or Spotlight Award. The threshold for earning a Crown Award is to build or evaluate 1,000 or more FORTIFIED homes in a single year. The criteria for earning a Crystal Award is to build or evaluate 500 or more FORTIFIED homes in a single year while the benchmark for a Spotlight Award is building or evaluating 100 or more FORTIFIED homes in a single year.
Winners of the third annual IBHS FORTIFIED Home Volume Awards, based on the number of FORTIFIED homes built or evaluated in 2017, are:
D.R. Horton Inc. – Mobile/Baldwin County, Ala., Division, Crown Award, 1,130 homes
Truland Homes, Daphne, Ala., Spotlight Award, 278 homes
Ben Murphy Company, Foley, Ala., Spotlight Award, 262 homes
DSLD Homes, Daphne, Ala., Spotlight Award, 240 homes
Foster Contracting, Mobile, Ala., Spotlight Award, 228 homes
Certified FORTIFIED Home Evaluators
Bethel Engineering Inc., Mobile, Ala., Crown Award, 1,969 homes
Knockout Home Inspections, Fairhope, Ala., Crystal Award, 538 homes
Disaster Smart Consulting Inc., Cantonment, Fla., Spotlight Award, 283 homes
Gulf Coast Home Inspections Inc., Fairhope, Ala., Spotlight Award, 152 homes
Bethel Engineering, Disaster Smart Consulting, D.R. Horton and Truland Homes earned a FORTIFIED Home Volume Award for the third consecutive year, while the other five honorees are first-time award winners.
“As the national standard for resilient construction, our FORTIFIED Home program is based on extensive science-based testing of engineering and building standards designed to make new and existing homes stronger, safer and better able to withstand severe weather impacts,” Malik said.
He continued, “An additional benefit of our program is that independent third-party evaluators, trained and certified by IBHS, inspect every FORTIFIED home before, during and after construction to ensure it is compliant with our program requirements.”
Please visit fortifiedhome.org to learn more about IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home program, future training opportunities, how to begin the designation process, how to identify a certified FORTIFIED evaluator, and other valuable resources. Video testimonials of Alabama homeowners discussing their positive experiences with FORTIFIED homes are available to media members upon request.