SKOKIE, Ill. – In recognizing the need for more resilient construction, the White House today announced several initiatives aimed to make homes and buildings across America stronger.
Announced at the Conference on Resilient Building Codes, the new federal actions include incorporating resilient building codes into the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing programs, updating the 2005 Multihazard Mitigation Council Mitigation Saves Study, and establishing a resilient building codes resource website through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“This represents a major step in keeping the American public safe during any kind of storm or natural disaster,” said Donn Thompson, senior director of market development at the Portland Cement Association (PCA). “We look forward to working with the White House and many of our partners in providing resilient resources across the country.”
To demonstrate the importance of resilient construction, PCA, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), and other allies will rebuild a home destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The home will be built beyond current code requirements with concrete to withstand any future storms.
PCA has been a widely-recognized authority on the technology, economics, and applications of cement and concrete for 100 years. Representing America's cement manufacturers, PCA is a vocal advocate for sustainability, economic growth, sound infrastructure investment, and overall innovation and excellence in construction. More information on PCA is available at www.cement.org.