Many buildings across the United States are constructed of unreinforced masonry (URM).
This style of joisted masonry construction, utilizing non-combustible materials, is fantastic at mitigating the impact of fire. However, most URMs were built prior to the 1940s, before the advent of modern building codes. URMs lack tensile strength, making them prone to collapse, especially in earthquake-prone regions.
Targeting URM properties that exist within your book of business empowers you to make insightful underwriting assessments. The BuildingMetrix Unreinforced Masonry Check simplifies the process, running your book against known URM structures and returning a comprehensive list.
The BuildingMetrix Unreinforced Masonry Check currently covers the west coast (Washington, Oregon, and California).
We will continue to add more states as we gain their URM data.
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Throughout the country, there is a growing effort to reinforce URM buildings. On the west coast, many cities either require or incentivize building owners to retrofit their properties, improving strength and stability.
This process takes time, even as momentum continues to pick up for reinforcement programs. And because URM structures are practically everywhere, some of your customers are likely exposed to this risk; getting them the right coverage is imperative.
Harness the power of our data to help your business. The BuildingMetrix Unreinforced Masonry Check makes the process quick, accurate, and stress-free.
URM risk is half the battle
The risk of unreinforced masonry is most pronounced in earthquake-prone regions. The BuildingMetrix Earthquake Risk Tool pinpoints customers in your book of business whose properties lie within earthquake zones.