Betterview Launches Defensible Space Feature

As part of Betterview’s Remote Property Intelligence Platform the new feature makes it easier for insurers to identify structures where potential hazards could contribute to losses.

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Betterview, an InsurTech provider of actionable property intelligence to property/casualty insurance companies, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new Defensible Space feature which will enable insurers using the company’s Remote Property Intelligence Platform to better protect vulnerable properties against catastrophic weather damage.

Madeleine Lopeman, Lead Data Scientist, Betterview.

According to CalFire, Defensible Space is “the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it.” Betterview’s Defensible Space feature includes a color-coded map and a numerical score for each structure. The map displays the amount of Defensible Space in each of three zones, as defined by CalFire and other disaster preparedness authorities, surrounding the structure. The score, similar to Betterview’s Roof Spotlight Index, shows the Defensible Space for each structure, and how vulnerable it is to damage. In addition to this map and score, Betterview’s PartnerHub pulls in weather and catastrophe-specific third-party data from companies such as RedZone and Canopy Weather to further inform a property’s level of risk.

“Defensible Space has become a major area of interest for P&C insurers recently,” comments Madeleine Lopeman, lead data scientist, Betterview. “In addition to overall property condition, insurers writing in high-risk regions are starting to consider how maintaining Defensible Space helps protect properties against damage from different types of catastrophic events. This new feature easily identifies the Defensible Space for each structure and provides a score indicating whether that space is sufficient or not to protect against damage.”

Betterview pitches its Defensible Space feature as being a timely addition for many insurers, who have been forced to adopt new strategies in the face of dramatic weather events caused by climate change.

David Tobias, Co-Founder and COO, Betterview.

Enabling Smarter, More Decisive Actions

“Rising temperatures have led to a 100 percent increase in wildfires in Western states since the 1980s,” comments David Tobias, co-founder and chief of operations for Betterview. “Betterview’s new Defensible Space feature enables insurers to take smarter, more decisive actions in loss control, especially when used alongside other features on our platform. We are moving away from the reactive ‘repair and replace’ mindset in property insurance by providing tools to transform underwriters and agents into insurance heroes. They can proactively inform policyholders of vulnerabilities on their property, such as insufficient Defensible Space caused by encroaching vegetation. That way, we can actually predict and prevent future losses.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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