FORTIFIED Style Guide

FORTIFIED Style Guide

Projects and companies participating in the IBHS FORTIFIED programs are encouraged to use the FORTIFIED marks in promotional materials in compliance with usage guidelines. However, the marks or their likeness may not be used as a company mark or for any other commercial purpose. The FORTIFIED mark is a trademark of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, which is responsible for defending against any damaging or confusing uses. IBHS seeks to have the mark widely used to promote the FORTIFIED programs with the understanding that derivative versions of the mark are generally prohibited, as may create confusion among consumers regarding the benefits of FORTIFIED. General usage guidelines may be found lower on the page.

Logos

The color version of the FORTIFIED logos shown below should be used. A single color (black) version is available for single-color applications and may be reversed to white when necessary.

No other color options are allowed under the usage guidelines, including incorporating a tint or gradient or other elements. The mark may be used on solid color backgrounds.

Defined Space

It is critical to maintain an open area surrounding the FORTIFIED Home™ mark. The mark must remain recognizable and must not become lost in other page elements.

Suggested defined space guidelines are to allow the width of the letter “F” in FORTIFIED of clearance around the mark.

Size

The mark must always be displayed at a size large enough to read both the mark type and the registered trademark. This will vary based on the resolution of the medium in which it is being used. General guidelines call for the mark height to be no smaller than 1.27 cm (1/5 in.) or 36 pixels.

Colors

Primary Palette

The main colors used in FORTIFIED materials.

Tiers/Levels

There are three levels of FORTIFIED Home™ Designation: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Colors and icons below are used to distinguish the three levels of FORTIFIED.

FORTIFIED Green

C90 M34 Y100 K27
R1 G102 B43
#016635

Commercial Blue

C100 M55 Y10 K48
R0 G62 B105
#003E69

Gold

C29 M47 Y100 K9
R174 G128 B44
#AE802C

Silver

C0 M0 Y0 K60
R128 G130 B133
#808285

Bronze

C22 M82 Y100 K13
R177 G73 B37
#B14925

Designation level marks should only be used on materials that also prominently feature the main FORTIFIED Home™ mark and on materials that are specific to only one designation level. These marks also are subject to all of the usage guidelines specified above.

Guidelines

FORTIFIED Home™ is a program developed by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) to promote resilient construction practices. Businesses and organizations that participate in the program can use the FORTIFIED Home™ name and marks, registered marks owned by IBHS, as part of their home resiliency activities and promotions.

  • Organizations using these marks must abide by the following general guidelines:
  • The FORTIFIED Home™ mark may not be used in any other company name, product name, service name, domain name or Web site title.
  • The marks may never be associated with homes or buildings that do not have a FORTIFIED Home™ designation
  • A license agreement must be obtained from IBHS if your business or organization advertises that materials or products used in construction are consistent with the FORTIFIED Home™ program. Contact the FORTIFIED Administrator at fortifiedhome@ibhs.org to obtain a license agreement free of charge.
  • The trademark symbol ™ must be used the first time the words “FORTIFIED Home™” appear in material.

FORTIFIED Home™ Review Policy

  • Advertisements where the designation mark is placed next to qualified homes do not need to be approved.
  • IBHS must approve any major educational or promotional campaigns that feature the FORTIFIED mark prior to final production or printing. The submitted materials will be reviewed for consistency with these guidelines. Materials should be submitted to the FORTIFIED Administrator at fortifiedhome@ibhs.org.

Mark Violations

IBHS actively monitors proper use of the FORTIFIED Home™ mark and is prepared to take action as appropriate.

IBHS must approve in writing any promotional campaigns (including yard signage) that feature the FORTIFIED mark where the mark will be used in reference to a home, group of homes or set of design documents that a FORTIFIED Home™ designation prior to final production or printing. Submitted materials will be reviewed for consistency with these guidelines. Materials should be submitted to the FORTIFIED Administrator at fortifiedhome@ibhs.org.

Questions About Using the Marks

If you have questions regarding the use of the marks, please call the FORTIFIED Program Administrator at 813-286-3400 or email your questions to fortifiedhome@ibhs.org.