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Building Safety Month Reception at AIA National
May is Building Safety Month
By Cooper Martin, Manager, Community Resilience
The AIA Issues and Advocacy team aren’t the only ones focusing on building codes this month. Each May, the International Code Council sponsors “Building Safety Month,” a campaign to raise awareness about the important role building codes for the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
The campaign is particularly important for the attention it brings to code adoption and enforcement at the state and local level. Policy-makers rarely take the time to reflect on the fractured and uneven level of codes and the impact that it has on architects.
This year the campaign has been recognized either by executive proclamation or by legislative resolution in 29 states and numerous localities. Additionally, FEMA staff helped secure an official proclamation from President Obama, who noted that building codes help America meet the challenges of our time “not just by making them structurally sound, but also by boosting their energy efficiency.”
The AIA is a sponsor of the campaign and last week hosted several leaders in the design, construction, manufacturing, and emergency response communities for a reception to mark the start of the campaign. AIA EVP/CEO Robert Ivy welcomed attendees to the AIA headquarters, and remarks were offered by Wade Smith, Executive Director of the Air Movement and Control Association and Roy E. Wright, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation at FEMA.
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