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Establishing and enforcing stronger building codes

And so the stage was set when several ISO Commercial Property personnel participated in BuildStrong’s National Thought Leaders Forum on Building Codes on May 9, held in conjunction with the 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars.

BuildStrong is a coalition of national business and consumer organizations, companies, and emergency management officials dedicated to promoting stronger building codes. The BuildStrong Coalition urges enactment of the Safe Building Code Incentive Act. The legislation would encourage states to adopt model building codes to protect property and ultimately save lives from the devastation of natural disasters.

The distinguished group of professionals included congressional members, insurers, the Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator, registered design professionals from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a host of other building construction and mitigation experts. The forum included lively discussions related to the importance and cost benefit of adopting and enforcing building codes.

The recurring theme of the day was that adopting building codes is the starting point for mitigating damages. Well-trained and adequately staffed enforcement departments are required to maximize the potential benefit of building codes.

Through our Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) program, ISO has been collecting and databasing information about code adoption and enforcement efforts across the country since 1995. That effort can provide insight to insurers looking to use the benefits of building code adoption and enforcement in their underwriting process.

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