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Earthquake and Wind Storm Programs: Saving Lives and Livelihoods
Nearly half of Americans live and work in high seismic regions throughout the United States. These regions currently have $108 trillion of national building assets. The work of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) helps mitigate risk to these buildings and our communities. Separately, windstorms are responsible for 60% of… more
Future-Proofing Our Built Environment
Architecture and engineering firms face the daunting task of creating enduring structures amidst uncertain future climate conditions. Planning for the coming decades necessitates integrating climate science as a pivotal component of their decision-making process. Global warming scenarios vary widely, from severe impacts due to high greenhouse gas… more
Our Golden Anniversary: NIBS Turns 50 in 2024
2024 is a big year for the National Institute of Building Sciences. NIBS officially was established in August 1974, by the U.S. Congress in the Housing and Community Development Act, Public Law 93-383. At that time, Congress recognized the need for an organization to serve as an authoritative source supporting government and private sector… more
Community Resilience is Now at the Center of Modern Model Building Code Development
By Sara Barrett, Building Seismic Safety Council The Building Seismic Safety Council’s Functional Recovery Planning Committee has published a report detailing the recommended scope, organization, and deliverables for developing functional recovery code provisions within the 2026 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended… more
By Christine Cube In September, NIBS and Fannie Mae unveiled the Resilience Incentivization Roadmap 2.0 – a continuation of a 2020 study that called for public and private incentives that allow owners of buildings and other infrastructure to facilitate the upgrade of existing infrastructure and better design of new infrastructure. Led by the… more