Building Codes: Focus on the Consumer — Not the Elected Official
Elected officials are too influenced by builders and developers.
My notes from a building code session at the Natural Hazards Workshop are below:
Building Codes — Residential focus
- About 69% of U.S. Communities would be more disaster resilient with better codes to make them more resilient.
- Goldfish have an attention span of six seconds. Most Americans have now less than that.
- Eight out of 10 people think they are already protected by building codes.
- Two-thirds of Americans would be very or extremely concerned about their community having no building code. But, there are many cities and counties that have no building code.
- People have a high expectation of their communities and their builders.
- People are making the connection that the elected official has a major role in protecting the community.
- Responding well to a natural disaster or extreme weather event: 44% absolutely essential 36% important.
Leslie Chapman-Henderson of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) presented firstname.lastname@example.org
They have a campaign, No Code. No confidence, and Inspect to protect is the sub-theme.
They pivoted from the elected officials to the consumer in order to have better influence, since they are outgunned by buildings and developers.