The White House hosted a Conference on Resilient Building Codes which highlighted the serious role that will be played building codes when it comes to further community resilience and incorporating it into future design. The Resilient Building Coalition, group of over 30 American design and construction industry leaders, also released their progress report.
Resilient building design involves designing and constructing structures that will be able to with stand manmade and natural hazards. The Resilient Building Coalition's report shows the strides that the companies have made towards this goal since they made their initial Industry Statement on Resilience two years ago.
Concrete groups are featured prominently in the coalition with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) serving as members, just to name a few. The NRCMA, in particular is featured prominently in their report card for its contributions to research, education, and advocacy of resilient building.
In terms of advocacy, the group has shown support for The Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2015:
With strong support from NRMCA, earlier this year, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation – H.R. 3397, The Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2015 – a business-related tax credit for a portion of the cost of commercial and residential buildings that comply with resilient construction requirements in a federally declared major disaster area.