Most building construction in the United States is influenced by state and local building codes. These codes are intended as minimum design and construction requirements to assure life safety, property protection, general welfare of the public, and safety to firefighters and emergency responders. Most states and local jurisdictions adopt a building code based on a national model. Increasingly, states and communities are also adopting code to create sustainable communities that use minimal resources to create and operate.
PCA's involvement in code development is focused on the provisions contained in national model building codes and referenced standards.
Importance of Resilient Construction
In addition to satisfying minimum life safety provisions, incorporating enhanced resilience into building design and construction augments economic viability, addresses societal issues, and helps communities to minimize negative environmental impacts. While enhanced resiliency is beneficial to all communities, this is especially important in disaster prone areas. When disaster strikes, more resilient buildings reduce
- time for communities to recover after disasters
- demand on emergency response personnel
- expenditures required for emergency response
- risk of injury or death for emergency responders
- owner, occupant, and community expenditures for disaster recovery
- amount of resources required for disaster relief
- amount of damage and contaminated materials and contents to be disposed in landfills or by incineration
Even when disasters do not strike communities can benefit from design and construction requirements that enhance resiliency. Robust and durable resilient buildings:
- minimize the amount of energy and resources required for routine maintenance, repair, and replacement over the life of the building, providing long term benefits for subsequent owners and occupants
- provide enhanced safety and security for occupant comfort and productivity
- increase design service lives
- enhance the operational continuity of the community in which they are built
- are adaptable for future use and re-purposing to minimize long-term environmental impacts involved with replacement, removal, disposal, and reconstruction
- attract and retain businesses and residents
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