IBHS Pushes Legislators to Pass Safe Building Code Incentive ActJuly 26th, 2012 by DWM Magazine
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) spoke in favor of the Safe Building Code Incentive Act (HR 2069) before the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management during a hearing earlier this week.
The legislation, if passed, would supply qualified states with 4 percent more funding for post-disaster aid provided the states adhere to the national model building code standard, the International Residential Code (IRC) from its two most recent versions.
“Every region of our country is vulnerable to one or more potentially devastating natural hazards, which is why improving disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery must be a national priority,” said Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO. “HR 2069 is important legislation that provides a vehicle to put scientific knowledge about the proven benefits of building codes to work, which will significantly improve our nation’s safety and resilience.”
She added, “One of the most effective ways to greatly increase a building’s strength and safety during hurricanes, tornadoes and straight-line windstorms is to be sure the building is tied together properly. A continuous load path should be a feature of residential and commercial construction everywhere in this country, and it could be through building codes … Passing the ‘Safe Building Code Incentive Act’ is one way to urge states to adopt and enforce the most up-to-date codes to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage from a wide range of hazards.”
DWM™ recently attended a full-scale hurricane demonstration conducted by IBHS, which tested commercial building structures against hurricane-grade winds.