Build Strong. Build FORTIFIED.

The National Standard for Resilient Construction


Make your home stronger
and more resilient.

Build a FORTIFIED Home™

Bring value to
your bottom line.

Earn with FORTIFIED Home™

Certifications &
CE credits.

In Their Words

Hear from homeowners, a volume builder, a realtor, a FORTIFIED evaluator and a code official in this series of unscripted comments from people who can speak to the value, importance and peace of mind they’ve seen or experienced with IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home standards…or wished they built to FORTIFIED standards. We have added new testimonials from homeowners experiencing Hurricane Michael along the Florida coast. We hope their experience will inspire you to learn more about how you can make your home and community more resilient against severe weather.

Strengthen Alabama Homes

Strengthen Alabama Homes is a separate program from FORTIFIED Home™ and more information is available at If you have a question about Strengthen Alabama Homes, please contact 1-800-433-3966 |

Rate Your FORTIFIED Evaluator

Homeowners who have received a FORTIFIED designation or contractors/builders who have worked on a FORTIFIED designation, please take the time to complete an evaluation of your FORTIFIED Evaluator. This will help us gain valuable feedback to help improve the designation process moving forward.

“Building a home that’s FORTIFIED raises the standard throughout the entire community.”

Mike H.

Fortified Contractor


FORTIFIED Home™ is a set of engineering and building standards designed to help strengthen new and existing homes through system-specific building upgrades to minimum building code requirements that will reduce damage from specific natural hazards. The FORTIFIED Home program has three levels of designation—Bronze, Silver and Gold—that build upon each other, allowing you to choose the desired level of protection that best suits your budgets and resilience goals.

The Importance of a Strong Continuous Load Path

Having a Gold FORTIFIED Home™ assures you have a strong continuous load path. This means your roof is connected to your walls and your walls are connected to your foundation—doubling the strength of your home against severe weather like straight-line thunderstorms and tornadoes. Learn why you should take steps to strengthen your home and narrow the path of damage from severe windstorms.

On The Go App

The FORTIFIED Home On the Go App is a mobile application for iPad tablets. It is an interactive tool for homeowners, builders, contractors and architects to use when building or retrofitting a single family home to make it a safer, stronger structure that is more disaster-resistant.

FORTIFIED Home™ In The News

As FORTIFIED Home resilient construction standards expand throughout the country, find the latest media coverage to stay updated.

Other FORTIFIED Programs from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety