New Report Suggests Six Code Changes for Disaster Resilience

New Report Suggests Six Code Changes for Disaster Resilience

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) released its latest commentary paper, urging policy makers to make six changes to building codes.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 7:30am

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According to the paper, titled "Disaster Resilience Rising Means the Time is Right," a half dozen code enhancements could address potential disaster in ways the current code doesn't. The commentary cites the pattern of disaster-impacted communities pledging to “Build Back Better”, but missing out on pre-disaster opportunities to embrace the most fundamental element of disaster resilience—updating, adopting, and enforcing strong building codes

Specifically, FLASH proposes the following six innovations to the current U.S. building code system:

  1. Establish a standing code and standard development process to accelerate post-catastrophe, forensic engineering insights into model codes and standards.
  2. Optimize property protection opportunities in model code and standard development by balancing all of the existing values, including public health, safety, and welfare.
  3. Evaluate, integrate, and leverage public and private sector beyond-code standards and programs into the International Code Council system to ensure continuity, increase awareness, and support disaster resilience innovation.

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