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This year, in addition to the recent fires in Massachusetts, there have been a number of notable wood-framed apartment fires, including those in East Hollywood, CA; Waterbury, CT, Oakland; St. Petersburg, FL; Arlington, VA; College Park, MD; Overland Park, KS; Raleigh, NC and Maplewood, NJ. There have been dozens over the last few years. Because of regulations ascribed to the International Building Code, which is the base code standard for much of the United States, many buildings throughout Boston and the United States as a whole are built using this type of construction.

Through the Build with Strength initiative, NRMCA has resources to help members and state affiliates advocate for resilient and safer construction, including model legislation, talking points, public relations and other key strategies. To learn more about how NRMCA can assist in state advocacy, please contact NRMCA Vice President of State and Local Government Affairs John Loyer at 703-675-7603 or

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