9/18/13- BuildStrong Coalition: FEMA Disaster Mitigation Strategy Should Include Safer Construction, Stronger Building Codes
Strong building codes can save lives while reducing property damage and the ensuing need for federal disaster assistance, the BuildStrong Coalition said today in a letter to members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management as they begin the work of FEMA authorization. A copy of the letter is attached to this press release. +read more
8/20/13- Hurricane Sandy Task Force Urges Statewide Adoption of Most Recent International Code Council Building Standards
The BuildStrong Coalition applauded President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Task Force for recommending that states impacted by Sandy move quickly to adopt the latest version of the ICC model building standards. The coalition is optimistic that the task force's recommendations will provide momentum in Congress to pass the Safe Building Code Incentive Act. +read more
6/5/13- BuildStrong Coalition Member IBHS Testifies on Importance of Reauthorizing National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program
Ms. Debra Ballen, general counsel and senior vice president of public policy at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) testified today before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittees on Research and Technology on the importance of Congress reauthorizing the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program. Ballen told committee members that Congress should authorize and fund research that will promote better understanding of wind-related storms and modern building science as part of a broad-based strategy to improve the nation's preparedness and response to natural disasters. +read more
5/8/13- BuildStrong Coalition Commends U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) for Re-Introducing Safe Building Code Incentive Act
The bipartisan Safe Building Code Incentive Act, which would encourage states to adopt and enforce strong building codes as a disaster mitigation strategy was introduced today into the 113th Congress. The BuildStrong Coalition applauded the leadership of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Representative at a time when the nation desperately needs a pro-active strategy to mitigate the costs of natural disasters +read more
4/29/13- BuildStrong Coalition and Congressional Fire Services Institute to host opinion leader forum on the importance of strong building codes
On May 9, 2013, the BuildStrong Coalition and Congressional Fire Services Institute will host a forum in Washington, DC to discuss the effectiveness of model building codes as a disaster mitigation strategy. The event will be held at the Washington Hilton from 8:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. . +read more
2/1/13- Legislation Aimed at Improving Safety and Lowering Insurance Rates Meets Opposition in Mississippi
A common sense bill designed to promote strong building codes in Mississippi has been met with opposition from some county and municipal leaders. The Mississippi Windstorm Coordinating Council issued a press release this week on the importance of encouraging the statewide adoption of model building codes in the state. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Mississippi ranked dead last of states in the Atlantic and Gulf regions in terms of promoting strong building codes to protect homeowners and communities from natural disasters and other hazzards. +read more
12/19/12- BuildStrong Coalition Commends Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for Introducing Senate Version of The Safe Building Code Incentive Act
The BuildStrong Coalition commended U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey today for introducing The Safe Building Code Incentive Act in the U.S. Senate. The legislation, which has been endorsed by fire chiefs and co-sponsored by Senators Schumer (D-NY), Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lautenberg (D-NJ), would provide additional disaster relief assistance to states that enforce statewide model building codes to help mitigate the costs of natural disasters. The Menendez bill would apply retroactively prior to Superstorm Sandy, ensuring that New Jersey and New York, two states that long have enforced strong building codes, would be eligible for additional aid to help rebuild in the aftermath of this most recent disaster. +read more
7/24/12- BuildStrong Coalition Testifies Before Congress on Strong Building Codes
The BuildStrong Coalition provided testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the invaluable contributions strong building codes can make to the nation. The scientific evidence is overwhelming. Strong building codes protect property, save lives and reduce taxpayer exposure to natural disasters. +read more
7/23/12- Key Congressional Committee Spotlights Vital Role Strong Building Codes Can Play in Mitigating the Costs of Natural Disasters
The BuildStrong Coalition commended Chairman John Mica and Chairman Jeff Denham today for holding an important hearing in the House Transportation and Infastructure Committee on the major difference that strong building codes can make in protecting property, saving lives and ultimately reducing taxpayer exposure to major natural disasters. +read more
5/7/12 - National Building Safety Month Showcases Vital Role Strong Building Codes Can Play in Mitigating Costs of Natural Disasters
The BuildStrong Coalition commended the Obama Administration for declaring May, National Building Safety Month, and called upon Congress to enact the Safe Building Code Incentive Act to encourage the widespread adoption of model building codes to better protect our communities from natural disasters. +read more
4/25/12 - BuildStrong Coalition Releases Study Showing Potential Taxpayer Savings from Strong Building Codes
The BuildStrong Coalition released a comprehensive study conducted by Milliman, a renowned actuarial and consulting firm, that showed the federal government and taxpayers could have reaped significant savings from natural disasters if strong building codes would have been in widespread use in recent years. Milliman estimated that the savings from hurricane damage alone could have been $13 billion over the past 20 years. +read more
10/27/11 – Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King Endorses Safe Building Code Incentive Act; Legislation Also Garners Support of Congressional Fire Services Institute
Congressman Peter King (R-NY), one of the leading experts in Congress on emergency management issues, has thrown his support behind The Safe Building Code Incentive Act. His endorsement comes on the heels of the Congressional Fire Services Institute passing a resolution in support of the bill.
10/13/11 – Co-Chair of House Irene Caucus Endorses Safe Building Code Incentive Act
Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20), a co-chair of the House Irene Caucus, endorsed The Safe Building Code Incentive Act today and urged his colleagues to help pass this important legislation. The BuildStrong Coalition commended Gibson for his leadership on disaster relief issues.
9/19/11 – Promoting Strong Building Codes Should Be Part Of Congress' Response To Hurricane Irene
The BuildStrong Coalition urged Congress today to include legislation that would promote the adoption of strong building codes in the disaster relief bill it will soon pass.
7/20/11 – Senate Hearing Highlights Need For Strong Building Codes
FEMA told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs yesterday that mitigation and strong building codes are important to protecting property and lives from natural disasters.
7/14/11 – BuildStrong Coalition Urges House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee To Encourage Adoption Of Nationwide Building Codes
Lawmakers could help communities recover from major natural disasters while saving taxpayers money by adopting the provisions of H.B. 2069, The Safe Building Code Incentive Act, the BuildStrong Coalition said today in testimony submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
6/1/11 – BuildStrong Coalition Backs Safe Building Code Incentive Act
The BuildStrong Coalition today urged passage of H.R. 2069, the Safe Building Code Incentive Act, introduced today by Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). The bill encourages states to adopt and enforce stronger building codes to better protect homes and buildings during natural disasters.