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Nashville, Tennessee, 2020: People clean trash from their yard and start to cut a fallen tree the morning after a tornado rips through Nashville.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports there were more than 1,200 tornadoes in 2020, leading to the highest tornado death rate in almost a decade. Last year, a deadly tornado outbreak affected the Southeastern United States on Easter Sunday and Monday, causing 32 fatalities. This was part of a larger severe convective storm (… more
Resilience 2021
The National Institute of Building Sciences recently hosted a webinar to discuss the costs of the remote work world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel of thought leaders covered energy alternatives, mass transit ridership, and sustainable change within local environments and homes. Panelists included Jody Holton, Assistant General… more
A construction site
2020 has had a massive impact on a range of industries. Construction hasn’t been spared. Supply chains have slowed down, projects have been delayed, and many businesses have struggled as a result. Fortunately, things have gotten better. Recent data has indicated construction industry recovery amounting to the return of roughly 60% of jobs lost… more
Keynote topics
Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition is less than two months away. We're hard at work, combing through the virtual technology that will bring you two days of the best information around building technology, resilience, and workforce on August 18-19. Attendees also will be able to earn up to 8 AIA-approved CES/HSW credits, over two days, for… more
2019 National Disaster Recovery Conference. Left to right: Keith Porter (author), Donald Leifheit Jr (FEMA), Michael Ku (FEMA), Gabriel Maser (ICC), and Jim Olk (Cities of Lucas, Texas, and Garland, Texas).
Why does synergy matter in disaster recovery, and who needs to be involved? A panel recently addressed this, during a meeting organized by the International Code Council for a conference of the Texas General Land Office in Austin, Texas. The discussion focused on (1) building-code development (including applied research to quantify the value of… more