Tampa, FL – February 14, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and the International Code Council (ICC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which will increase the role IBHS building science data plays in the creation of new building codes by the ICC.
“We are very happy to be broadening and deepening our working relationship with the International Code Council this year,” said IBHS President and Chief Executive Officer Julie Rochman. “Data from our work at the unique IBHS Research Center must be translated into specific, actionable items for architects, engineers, building owners, and other stakeholders in the built environment. Integrating our scientific findings into the codes will be a highly effective way to disseminate this valuable information to the people who need it.”
IBHS offers a suite of voluntary, code-plus “FORTIFIED” standards and guidelines for the design and construction of new homes and light commercial structures, as well as for retrofitting existing homes to strengthen them against natural and man-made hazards. The engineering-based material that comprises the FORTIFIED program elements, along with new building science findings from tests conducted at the IBHS Research Center will be used to inform the development of new ICC codes and standards for both wind-related and non-wind related hazards.
“The ICC and its members are eager to work with IBHS with its new, state-of-the-art research facility to further advance the science of building safety,” said Code Council Chief Operating Officer Dominic Sims. “The development, adoption and enforcement of technically advanced codes are at the core of ICC’s mission to develop safe and more durable communities across the United States and around the globe.”
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IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.
The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention and energy efficiency, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states choose the International Codes, building safety codes developed by the International Code Council. The International Codes also serve as the basis for construction of federal properties around the world, and as a reference for many nations outside the United States
Joseph King (813) 675-1045
jking (at) ibhs (dot) org