Groups Commit to Resilient Building

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014

Leaders of 20 top industry organizations have united to promote resilience in planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques.

The agreement is intended as a “solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure,” according to the American Institute of Architects, a signatory to the joint statement announced Tuesday (May 13).

The association leaders who signed the statement represent more than 750,000 members, responsible for almost $1 trillion in GDP, AIA said.

Recognizing Hazards

“We recognize that natural and manmade hazards pose an increasing threat to the safety of the public and the vitality of our nation,” the statement reads.

“We further recognize that contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques can make our communities more resilient to these threats.”

The leaders committed the design and construction sectors to significantly improve the resilience of the nation’s built environment through research into new materials, construction procedures, and other methods to improve the standard of practice.

They also committed the industry to educating itself through continuous learning; to advocating for effective land use policies; to responding to disasters alongside first responders; and to planning for future events, with a strategy for fast recovery.

The statement was signed during a press conference held at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., where an exhibition, Designing for Disaster, presents design and building solutions for disaster mitigation.

Organizations Promote Resiliency

The following organizations signed the statement.

  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Council of Engineering Companies 
  • American Planning Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors of America 
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • International Code Council
  • International Interior Design Association
  • Lean Construction Institute
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Institute of Building Sciences International Facility Management Association
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors 
  • Urban Land Institute
  • U.S. Green Building Council

Tagged categories: Associations; Building design; Construction; Disasters; Good Technical Practice

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