NRMCA Supports White House Effort to Advance Resilience, Building Codes
NRMCA is proud to support the White House in its efforts to advance the nation’s resilience through the application of codes and standards. The White House convened the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes earlier this month to bring increased attention to the important role of codes and standards in achieving a resilient nation. NRMCA is proud to have participated in the event. As the White House and members of the building industry bring increased attention to the important role of codes and standards in achieving resilience, NRMCA will continue its efforts to advance resilience through the following activities:
•Working with the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS), NRMCA will help to convene stakeholders to develop findings and recommendations on "Advancing Long-Term Performance in Codes, Standards and Other Policies." To date, codes and standards have focused on the criteria necessary to provide short-term protection and ease of evacuation in the face of a hazard event. Yet resilience requires a focus on the long-term viability of structures to support social and economic viability of an effected community. This effort will identify a potential path forward in addressing this gap.
In addition to internal program activities, NRMCA will continue to support joint efforts by the industry, including:
• Participation in an initiative to develop a whole community-based metric for resilience
• Promoting the Industry Statement on Resilience which has been signed by 40 leading associations in the building industry committed to significantly improving the resilience of our nation’s buildings, infrastructure, public spaces and communities. In addition to the new signatories, the group released a report highlighting resilience activities undertaken by the signatories.
Click here to learn more about the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes. For more information on this initiative and/or resources to help members and state affiliates advocate for resilient concrete construction, including developing legislation, talking points, public relations and other key strategies, please contact John Loyer, senior director of state and local government affairs, at 703-675-7603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.