On November 12, 2013, the BuildStrong Coalition hosted South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and a congressional delegation that included Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s (IBHS) Research Center. During the event, the congressional delegation witnessed a wildfire demonstration and learned about the innovative work of researchers at IBHS who are seeking new solutions to better protect homeowners from this catastrophe. The goal of the event was to educate members of Congress who will take a leadership role in reauthorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency about the important role that modern building science can play in protecting the American people from the devastation of natural disasters. The sponsors were also honored to host Governor Haley and introduce her to the IBHS Research Center, which is located in Richburg, South Carolina.

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