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USRC attends White House Summit on Resilient Building Codes

USRC commits to joining White House effort to increase community resilience.

WASHINGTON, DC, May 10, 2016 – Today the U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC) attended the White House Summit on Resilient Building Codes. This invitation-only event brought together leading engineers, architects, scientists, professional organizations, and stakeholders from across the nation to discuss the future of building codes and the need to establish resilience as a key design objective for buildings in the U.S. The summit follows President Obama’s Executive Order, Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard, released on February 2, 2016.

Evan Reis, co-founder of the USRC and the organization’s representative at the summit noted, “The summit was an opportunity for engineers, architects, and other design professionals who have been working for more than 20 years to promote resilience in the built environment, to collaborate with leaders in the public sector, insurance industry, and code-writing bodies on ways to make a strong social and financial value proposition for integrating resilience into our nation’s building codes. Much as the LEED® system for energy and environmental sustainability has become fully integrated with building design throughout much of the country, resilience is the next goal of making sure that not only will our buildings have a low impact on the environment, the environment will have a low impact on them.”

The USRC includes 64 Founding Members made up of the leading professional organizations in earthquake and structural engineering, many large and small structural engineering firms, architects, contractors and hardware and software suppliers. The Council’s mission is to 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 to thereby improve societal resilience. 

See the official White House fact sheet  here.

Watch a video of the event here.