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More hurricanes, or just better detection?

June 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

Is the number of Canadian hurricanes getting larger, or are we just better at detecting them? Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC), raised the question during a webinar on the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

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Communities using development permits to reduce risk of wildfire: ICLR

May 31, 2018 by Jason Contant

Reducing the risk of wildfire, several communities in western Canada are using development permits as a way to address construction of new residential development in the wildland-urban interface, the Institute for Catastrophe Loss Reduction (ICLR) noted in a recent report.

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Major flood of B.C.’s Fraser River could cause billions in economic losses: ICLR speaker

April 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

A major flood of British Columbia’s Fraser River or a coastal flood between now and 2100 could trigger economic losses of between $20 billion and $30 billion, a recent flood strategy report found. Released in 2016, Phase 1 of the

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Cataclysmic hailstorm could cause up to $13.5 billion in damage: ICLR report

February 14, 2018 by David Gambrill

In a low-probability, worst case scenario, a single major hailstorm in Canada could result in insurance claims of up to $13.5 billion, according to a new research paper from the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). “Of concern is that

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Taking a granular look at how drainage routes affect stormwater flooding

January 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

Engineered construction like a drainage route can directly affect whether or not a specific building or home is in harm’s way for stormwater flooding, the Institute for Catastrophe Loss Reduction’s (ICLR) director of research told Canadian Underwriter on Monday. Dan

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What Canada’s largest city is doing to help reduce flood insurance claims

January 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

As climate experts forecast more frequent extreme rain events, Toronto is working towards protecting properties by modernizing its storm drainage system. With its Basement Flooding Protection Program, Toronto’s city government brought in a new standard of accommodating a one-in-100-year storm

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Frustrated brokers ready to drop carriers over flood confusion

November 24, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Swirling in the eddies of confusion about overland coverage, frustrated Canadian brokers are threatening to drop carriers and are worried about errors and omission (E&O) claims related to overland flood insurance. Canada-wide, there is a “host of wordings out there”

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How small code changes can reduce big water claims

November 15, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

With severe weather expected to get worse in the years ahead, introducing small changes into building codes is critical, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction’s (ICLR) managing director told Canadian Underwriter on Wednesday. “We are not talking about totally revamping

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ICLR to hold webinar on homes impacted by Hurricane Irma

November 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) will soon be hosting its final Friday Forum of the year, focusing on Hurricane Irma and impacted homes in Florida. The webinar – Hurricane Irma Damage Assessment: Investigating the performance of Florida’s homes

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ICLR researching wind damage on partially-built wood framed structures

October 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction is “seeking to better understand” why partially-built wood frame structures fail with high winds, ICLR said in a document it provided Monday to Canadian Underwriter. “Every year, several partially built single family homes, duplexes

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‘Quality of construction’ often a factor in wind damage to homes: AEIC speaker

October 11, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction has “heard really good things” about the prospect of hurricane straps being mandated in all new home construction in Ontario, ICLR’s managing director suggested at a recent conference. Hurricane straps, which are metal bands

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Landscaping ‘absolutely key’ to reducing wildfire risk: ICLR

October 11, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Canadian property owners can do more to “take the weak links” out of the chain of events causing homes to burn from wildfire, a speaker suggested at the recent Annual Engineering Insurance Conference (AEIC). “How a property is landscaped is