The National Institute of Building Sciences is proud to support the White House in its efforts to advance the nation’s resilience through the application of codes and standards.
The White House convened the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes today, May 10, 2016, 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., moderated a panel of codes and standards developers.
The U.S. Congress established the National Institute of Building Sciences in 1974 to serve as an authoritative source for both the public and private sectors to create a safe, healthy built environment across the United States. More than forty years later, the Institute has tackled some of the most serious concerns in the built environment, from asbestos, radon gas and lead paint to rehabilitation of existing housing, indoor air quality and energy conservation.
Since its beginnings, the Institute has worked with the codes and standards organizations to address cutting-edge building sciences-related research, addressing everything from accessibility for persons with disabilities to building commissioning and rehabilitation guidelines. Throughout its history, the Institute’s Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help bring the latest research and findings in seismic science to the codes and standards process by developing the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended Provisions for the Development of Seismic Regulations for New Buildings. The BSSC continues to perform this important function today.
The Institute is proud to have participated in the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes. As the White House and members of the building industry bring increased attention to the important role of codes and standards in achieving resilience, the Institute will continue its efforts to advance resilience through the following activities:
In addition to internal program activities, the Institute will continue to support joint efforts by the industry, including:
National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit nibs.org or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.
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