Members of the board of directors of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies saw first-hand the effects a powerful wind storm can have on a commercial structure commonly seen in strip malls throughout the country. In less than thirty minutes, winds exceeding 100 mph left the exterior wall of a concrete building crumbled on the ground during a test on July 17 as the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety near Richburg, South Carolina. The $40 million center, which opened in late 2010, has simulated the effects of wildfires, hurricanes and wind storms on homes and commercial structures. The institute’s 13-person team of engineers, scientists and technicians based research how buildings hold up in natural disasters to find ways to improve building practices. NAMIC is a financial supporter and sponsor of the IBHS center.
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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:44:11 PM. Modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 2:45:07 PM.
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