I-Codes requirements in FEMA policy aim to advance national resiliency and lower community risk

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently updated its Recovery Interim Policy FP-104-009-11, Consensus-Based Codes, Specifications and Standards for Public Assistance (PA), Version 2.1, adding several I-Codes, developed by the International Code Council, to the list of required Consensus-Based Codes, Specifications and Standards for FEMA-funded post-disaster reconstruction. The I-Codes requirements aim to advance national resiliency and reduce community risk before and after a disaster. The PA Program is FEMA’s largest grant program averaging $4.7 billion in assistance each year to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. Through the PA program, following a federal declaration, FEMA offers grants to eligible communities for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly-owned facilities and infrastructure to respond and recover from major disasters.

New FEMA policies requiring public facilities be rebuilt to most current construction codes

New FEMA policies requiring public facilities be rebuilt to most current construction codes explained
Gabe Maser, Vice President of Federal Relations for the Code Council’s Government Relations office, provides insights on new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policies that require that rebuilding using federal public assistance program disaster aid to adhere to new construction codes to make them more resilient to future calamity. “All of this rebuilding now is going to have to start to be rebuilt to these stronger standards,” said Maser in a recent edition of E&E News. Numerous studies show that following up-to-date construction codes generates substantial savings over a building’s lifetime by increasing its resilience. Read the news article here.

ICC Call for nominations says the deadline is April 1 for 2020 Code Council’s annual awards

ICC Call for nominations says the deadline is April 1 for 2020 Code Council’s annual awards
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their exemplary dedication? Nominations are being accepted for ICC Awards to honor individuals and organizations for their service to ICC and the building safety industry. The awards will be presented at various events, including but not limited to the 2020 Code Council Annual Conference in St. Louis. To nominate someone for a Code Council Award, complete and email the form attached here to Karla Price Higgs, Vice President, Member Services, at Awards@iccsafe.org. The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s ICC Awards is April 1, 2020.

2020 Building Safety Month’s weekly themes illustrate the reach and importance of the building codes

While the primary theme of the 40th annual Building Safety Month, “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World,” illustrates the broad appeal of the occasion, it’s the weekly themes that break down the wide variety of safety, economic and societal benefits communities enjoy by keeping their building codes updated with the latest model codes. The weekly themes are:
• Week One, May 1-10: Disaster Preparedness
• Week Two, May 11-17: Water Safety
• Week Three, May 18-24: Resiliency. Sustainability. Innovation.
• Week Four, May 25-31: Training the Next Generation