The Research Center is a quantum leap forward for building science because it enables researchers to, for the first time, test full-scale one- and two-story residential and commercial building specimens and systems. Testing programs involve highly realistic replications of real-world, potentially disastrous events, such as high winds, wind-driven rain, hail, and wildfires. The lab's ability to completely engulf full-scale 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. buildings in various types of realistic storms allows holistic testing of building systems in ways that have never been possible before.
This presentation by Ian Giammanco, Ph.D., Lead Research Meteorologist at the IBHS Research Center, will allow attendees to:
· learn how the IBHS test chamber recreates realistic Category 1, 2 and 3 hurricanes, extra-tropical windstorms, wind-driven rain conditions and strong thunderstorm frontal winds.
· experience videos of realistic examples of hurricanes, wildfires, hail storms and wind-driven rain demonstrations from the IBHS test chamber.
· understand how innovative instrumentation is utilized to better understand the impact of extreme weather on our building systems.
· learn how IBHS is developing real world, cost-effective solutions that will make communities stronger and more resilient.
· find out how to work more closely with the IBHS Research Center to utilize its facility, research, and experts for use in broadcast and online segments.