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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.”
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.