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Architects Approve Resiliency Order

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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U.S. architects are applauding a recent move by President Barack Obama to improve the nation’s resilience to earthquakes.

The President signed an executive order establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard on Feb. 2.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced its support of the measure Friday (Feb. 5).

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Under the executive order, federal buildings are to be designed in accordance with earthquake-resistant design provisions.

“The American Institute of Architects has long been on the leading edge of designing buildings that mitigate hazards and reduce risk to the public during a disaster,” AIA President Russell Davidson, FAIA, said in a statement.

Earthquake-Resistant Design

The order requires that federal agencies responsible for new buildings or alterations to existing buildings ensure that the building is designed, constructed, or altered in accordance with earthquake-resistant design provisions in nationally recognized building codes, such as the International Building Code or the International Residential Building Code, both promulgated by the International Code Council.

Davidson said AIA “advocates for the implementation of comprehensive and contemporary building codes—which reflect the best science at the time of development about earthquake hazard risk.”

“We applaud the Administration’s commitment to ensuring all federal buildings meet or exceed these building codes and look forward to continuing our collaboration so that we can increase the nation’s resilience to disasters of all kinds,” he added.

The AIA was founded in 1857 and has over 300 state and local chapters.


Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Construction Users Roundtable (CURT); Design; Disasters; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; North America; Renovation

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