Continuing Education Credits Available – 1.5 PDH Credits
Building codes are a minimum standard for life safety and do not guarantee property protection or continued building functionality during, or after, severe weather events. This session introduces FORTIFIED, a program of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). FORTIFIED is a set of superior construction standards to make new or existing residential and commercial buildings stronger against severe weather like hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds and hailstorms. The FORTIFIED program enhances the most vulnerable systems of a building to ensure a stronger building, while making communities more resilient by helping them thrive and businesses to reopen quicker after a significant weather event
Christopher Cioffi, EIT, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
Christopher Cioffi, EIT is a Commercial Lines Engineer with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). He has worked extensively over the last four years to help develop and manage FORTIFIED Commercial. He helped develop the stronger, more resilient, commercial design standards for hurricane-prone and high wind-prone structures. He also consults with the IBHS Research Center team to help develop and organize commercial structural testing and collaborates with the business protection unit to provide membership-focused resources. Christopher has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree with a concentration in Structural Engineering and a minor in Architecture Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.
Julie Lowrey, P.E., Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
Julie Lowrey, P.E. is the Director of Engineering for the IBHS FORTIFIED Program. Her team works to help translate top-tier research into action to help prevent avoidable suffering, strengthen homes and businesses, inform the insurance industry and support thriving communities. Julie’s previous professional cold-formed steel-related experience includes engineering consulting and design for Zabik Turner Engineering, and cold-formed steel truss engineering and design for Alpine TrusSteel. Julie has been involved with the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) since 2005. She is the Immediate Past Chair (2019-2020) for CFSEI, has authored two CFSEI Tech Notes, and currently serves on the CFSEI Executive Committee. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida and has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.
J. Arn Womble, PhD, P.E., Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
Dr. Womble is a lead research engineer with the IBHS Research Center in South Carolina. He is a graduate of the wind engineering programs at Colorado State University and Texas Tech University, and he has examined the effects of high winds on structures since 1989. His consulting engineering background includes structural design, wind-tunnel testing of structures, and failure analysis. He worked extensively in engineering expert witness investigations for wind/water damage causation studies in the unprecedented insurance litigation following Hurricane Katrina. His research activities emphasize the use of remote-sensing technologies for visual and automated wind damage assessment. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award targeting the forensic investigation of tornado-damaged structures using remote-sensing technologies, and he currently chairs the Remote Sensing Subcommittee of the ASCE Standards Committee for Tornado Wind Speed Estimation.
In order to receive credit for this course, you must complete the quiz at the end and pass with at least 80% for a certificate to be generated automatically