WESTERN'S WIND FACILITIES

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.

Photo from Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory of a researcher leaning over a table of miniature trees and hills.

Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory

Develops solutions to complex wind engineering problems and predicts site wind conditions including the effects of severe wind storms.

Photo from Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction of felled trees on a car.

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

World-class centre for disaster prevention research and communications.

Photo from Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes of a home trussed with steel girders.

Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes

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.

Photo from Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Institute (WindEEE) of researchers standing before a wall of large fans.

Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Institute (WindEEE)

Featuring the world’s first three-dimensional testing chamber, the WindEEE Dome.