Skip to main content

NIBS CEO Statement on Assisting Congress to Solve Nation’s Infrastructure Challenges

“As Congress considers legislation to update, repair, expand, and secure our nation’s infrastructure, the National Institute of Building Sciences stands ready to offer our expertise on the science, best practices and technology to build and rebuild efficiently, cost-effectively, and sustainably.

Building Innovation 2016 Conference Track Two to Focus on Preparation, Performance

Achieving community resilience relies on the engagement and action of numerous stakeholders—from commercial and residential building owners to utilities and government leaders—and offering incentives provides a powerful mechanism to encourage tough decision making. At Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference & Expo, Achieving a Resilient Future, to be held January 11-15, 2016, in Washington, D.C., participants will examine the multiple incentive packages available to these audiences to advance investment in mitigation and resilience.

August MMC Webinar to Spotlight Florida’s Flood Resiliency and Incentives Program

Florida recently created a Community Rating System (CRS) - Community Assistance Visit (CAV) pilot program to support the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) will spotlight Florida’s implementation in the next MMC webinar, “NFIP and CRS: The Way Forward in Florida,” to be held Tuesday, August 25, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT. The aim of Florida’s CRS-CAV program, which has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is to increase flood resiliency and incentives in the state’s smaller communities, including those that have been excluded from the CRS program in the past because of building compliance issues.

Institute White Paper Spotlights Incentives as the Way to Achieve Resilience

The National Institute of Building Sciences, through its Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) and Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE), has released a new white paper to promote the use of private and public incentives to achieve resilience in U.S. communities.

Resilience has come to occupy a place in public policy and programs across the United States. Yet, even in the face of growing losses, the nation’s capacity and appetite is waning for continued funding of federal and state disaster mitigation efforts. This lack of support will likely result in an increased need for funding response and recovery efforts following disasters in the future.

Opening Keynote Calls Building Industry to Meet Nation’s Resilience Challenges Head On

The National Institute of Building Sciences kicked off the first day of educational programs Wednesday, January 13, at Building Innovation 2016: The Institute’s Fourth Annual Conference and Expo with a breakfast keynoted by Judge Alice C. Hill (Retired), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the White House National Security Council.

“This group has a huge role to play in making sure the United States achieves resilience,” said Judge Hill as she addressed the audience of building industry professionals.

White House to Stream May 10 Conference on Resilient Building Codes

The National Institute of Building Sciences will be participating in the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes, to be held tomorrow, May 10, in Washington, D.C. The introductory portion of the event will be streamed live by the White House.

The White House is convening the conference to bring increased attention to the important role of codes and standards in achieving a resilient nation. The Institute served as a liaison between the White House and the building industry leading up to the event. Institute Presidential Advisor Ryan M. Colker, J.D. will moderate a panel of codes and standards developers.

Resilience Building Coalition Releases Progress Report

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and 38 other leaders of America’s design and construction industry today released a report on progress made on the resilience front since the Resilience Building Coalition announced the Building Industry Statement on Resilience two years ago.

The Resilience Building Coalition also released a set of guiding principles to help the building industry adopt resilient design and policies. These include developing and advocating for codes and policies that advance resilience; developing “whole-systems resilient design” approaches for the built environment; and providing guidance, beyond the baseline life-safety codes, that recognizes the importance of fortifying property for individual and community resilience. Since the initial signing, the Coalition has added 19 new signatories (a complete list is available at the end of this release).

Institute Testifies About Using Incentives to Reduce Cost of Disaster Response

The way to achieve resilience in U.S. communities is through an approach that incorporates input, consensus, leadership and action from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, ranging from insurance and finance-related companies, lenders and foundations; forward-thinking communities and government agencies; and important decision makers, including homeowners, businesses and utilities. That is the message National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Chairman Kevin Mickey gave during his testimony today to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

Subscribe to Resilience/Risk Management