Concrete Products

MAR 2016

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12 • March 2016 www.concreteproducts.com GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES A leader in building design and construction policies, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NBIS), recognized codes as a com- ponent of resiliency at its annual conference in Washington, D.C. The event saw the release of a white paper, Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization, stemming from a years-long effort by the NBIS Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council Committee. Portland Cement Association contributed to the paper by encour- aging federal and state governments to influence local government to employ resilience principals in codes and standards through pre-di- saster and post-disaster incentives. Two specific sections could lead to the creation of opportunities for concrete and masonry solutions: "Local upgrades to building codes or adoption of ordinances" and "Stronger state-wide building codes." A quasi-government entity, NBIS influences national policy on building design and construction, develops building guides, provides access to design and construction information, and develops recom- mended provisions for standards and code change proposals. In addi- tion to the conference spotlight on codes and resiliency, the NBIS Sustainable Buildings Industry Council recognized the 2015 Beyond Green High-Performance Building and Community Award-winning projects. The Honor Award, the top prize in the High-Performance Buildings Category, went to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City for its sustainable renovation project. The United Nations Capital Master plan called for a complete ren- ovation of the New York City headquarters. The renovation had three major goals: to serve as an example for sustainable renovation proj- ects; preserve the historic nature of the facility; and bring the facility up to current building code levels. Building Sciences authority links construction codes to resiliency NIBS offcials examine three prima- ry mechanisms behind methods to incentivize investment in resilience strategies: federal grant programs; insurance premium discounts for implementing measures to reduce vulnerability; and, the political will of communities. While they have provided a level of resilience, they have taken the nation only so far, as a charting of damage from ex- treme weather events the past 35 years shows. A pdf of the white paper, prepared with input from Portland Cement Association, can be obtained at www.nbis.org.

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