Resilience Building Coalition Releases Progress Report

Today, the Obama Administration announced federal and private-sector efforts to increase community resilience through building codes and standards and building design. In conjunction with the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes, the Resilience Building Coalition released a report on the progress made across the design and building industries on enhancing resiliency. APA is one of the 19 original founding partners of the Resilience Building Coalition.

The coalition's report, "Preparing to Thrive: The Building Industry Statement on Resilience," is an actionable framework that recognizes preparation is key for a community to thrive and survive. The report identifies five areas of commitment to be proactive in resilience: researching methods to improve the standard of practice; educating the profession; advocating for smarter investment and maintenance of the nation's buildings and infrastructure; responding alongside professional emergency managers during a disaster; and planning for a more sustainable built environment.

APA is working on a number of fronts to improve the resiliency of our communities. Current research initiatives include Building Coastal Resilience Through Capital Improvements Planning; developing a FEMA-certified course for implementing pre-disaster recovery plans; using green infrastructure for enhancing resilience; integrating hazard mitigation planning into local comprehensive plans; and understanding design implications of flood hazard areas.

President Obama has declared May as National Building Safety Month in order to recognize and pay tribute to those who ensure the safety and resilience of our nation's buildings and to reaffirm the nation's commitment to upholding and abiding by strong and effective building safety standards.

Organizations who have signed the joint statement on resilience (new organizations are marked with an asterisk):

  • The Air Barrier Association of America*
  • American Council of Engineering Companies
  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Planning Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers
  • American Wood Council*
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • BuildStrong Coalition*
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Congress for the New Urbanism*
  • Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute*
  • Construction Specifications Institute*
  • EcoDistricts*
  • Federal Alliance for Safe Homes*
  • Green Building Initiative*
  • Illuminating Engineering Society*
  • Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety*
  • International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials*
  • International Code Council
  • International Facility Management Association
  • International Interior Design Association
  • Lean Construction Institute
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies*
  • National Concrete Masonry Association*
  • National Fire Protection Association*
  • National Institute of Building Sciences
  • National Insulation Association*
  • National Ready Mixed Concrete Association*
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Portland Cement Association*
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • U.S. Resiliency Council*
  • Urban Land Institute

May 10, 2016