What Is A Fortified Home?

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.

Why Build Fortified?

The Fortified Home program makes existing homes more resistant to damage from hurricanes, tropical storms, hailstorms, high winds and wind-driven rain associated with thunderstorms. The Fortified Home standard includes three levels of protection.

Bronze

The FORTIFIED Home™ Bronze level addresses the roof system. Upgrades reduce wind and water entering the attic through the roof covering and vents.

Silver

In addition to the roof system addressed in the Bronze level, the FORTIFIED Home™ Silver level addresses windows, doors and attached structures.

Gold

After the roof, openings (windows and doors) and attached structures have been addressed, the FORTIFIED Home™ Gold level ties the house together by connecting the roof to the walls to the floors to the foundation, so it acts as one system.