The effects of loads from wind, snow and rain on houses and other light-frame structures – particularly under extreme conditions – have historically been difficult to study under realistic circumstances; as a result, the ways buildings respond to these stresses to the point of failure have not been known. Now, however, The Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes, a groundbreaking $7-million facility built by Western University at London International Airport, has begun providing answers these questions.
Develops solutions to complex wind engineering problems and predicts site wind conditions including the effects of severe wind storms.
World-class centre for disaster prevention research and communications.
A state-of-the-art research facility built to examine all aspects of house construction by performing novel experiments on natural hazards including extreme wind effects.
Featuring the world’s first three-dimensional testing chamber, the WindEEE Dome.