On May 10, 2016, the Obama Administration announced public and private sector efforts to increase community resilience through building codes and standards.
“Building codes set the baseline for the safe design and construction of our homes, schools, and workplaces, providing the minimum requirements to adequately safeguard the health, safety and welfare of building occupants. The impacts of climate change – including hotter temperatures, more extreme weather, sea level rise, and more severe drought – pose significant challenges for buildings and homes, many of which were not built to withstand the future impacts of climate change.”
Resilience and the future impacts of climate change must be incorporated in the codes and standards development process to ensure the safety and longevity of our built environment.
For the complete announcement, read the White House fact sheet.
For more information on building community resilience, visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s website highlighting various aspects of community resilience and building design.