The AIA on disaster response: Codes matter
The AIA makes the case for building codes to make communities more resilient
AIA has provided the Federal Emergency Management Agency with design-driven strategies for strengthening building resilience in a disaster. The document recommends five effective pre-disaster investments: wider adoption of codes to improve building quality, enhanced public and consumer awareness, reduced vulnerability in existing buildings, improvements in land use and planning and private sector capacity building.
The AIA’s proposals answer FEMA’s call for feedback on the concept of a disaster ‘deductible’ under which recipients of federal disaster relief would have to outline preventive steps and investments they intend to undertake before a disaster strikes to be eligible for relief. The deductible would apply to state governments, ensuring that they are make pre-disaster investments in resilience, mitigation and preparedness before tapping federal post-disaster aid. FEMA is currently examining how it would apply the concept to the disaster aid process.
The AIA’s perspective will help inform FEMA on how these upfront investments can be most effective as it considers the future of federal disaster spending.