The History of the USRC
Building on work of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California that began in 2006, and the recommendations of a joint FEMA/Applied Technology Council Stakeholder's workshop held in March, 2011, Eric Von Berg, a Past President of the California Mortgage Bankers Association, proposed the formation of a non-profit organization to be the implementation organization for a rating system that would express the earthquake performance of buildings.
Soon after, the US Resiliency Council® (USRC) was launched as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
USRC History Timeline
- May 2006 - The formation of the SEAONC Buildings Rating Committee(BRC) as a sub-committee of SEAONC’s Existing Buildings Committee
- March 2011 - Eric Von Berg, a Past President of the California Mortgage Bankers Association, proposed the formation of a non-profit organization to be the implementation organization for a rating system that would express the earthquake performance of buildings.
April 2011 – An ATC organized and FEMA funded workshop of 40 stakeholders to provide feedback on the rating system being developed by the SEAONC BRC.
June 2011 – Incorporation of the US Resiliency Council as a 501c3 non-profit organization.
September 2012 – Publication of FEMA P58 one of the two approved evaluation methodologies for obtaining a rating
June 2014 – 1st meeting of the USRC Founding Members
May 2015 – SEAONC Board approval of SEAONC BRC EPRS that forms the basis of the ASCE 31 translation methodology that is second approved methodology for obtaining a rating.
November 2015 – Official launch of the US Resiliency Council
The USRC will play a similar role as the USGBC® has played in sustainable design. It will establish and implement meaningful rating systems that describe the performance of buildings during earthquakes and other natural hazard events, to educate the general public to understand these risks, and thereby improve societal resilience. Beginning with seismic hazard, the USRC's vision is to become a nationally respected organization that considers a broad range of natural and man-made risks. The USRC does not develop the technical evaluation methodologies, but will implement the best systems developed by engineering and technical experts nationwide.
The USRC will credential engineers who wish to rate buildings for their clients, and review rating evaluations for conformance to the technical methodologies. In this way, the ratings systems and procedures developed by the USRC will provide a level of technical credibility that can be relied upon by users. The USRC will also bring into leadership and advisory positions, stakeholder groups concerned about the safety and performance of buildings, ensuring that the implementation of the USRC rating systems are both fair and useful.
In Sept, 2013 the Founders began the process of raising initial start-up funding to enable the launch of the organization. By October, 2014 in excess of $500,000 has been committed over two years by Founding Members that include engineering companies, professional organizations, industry partners and individuals. In June, 2014 the first meeting of the Founding Members was held to develop the organizational structure and operational procedures of the USRC, with a goal to publicly launch the organization in late 2015.