Building Codes: Focus on the Consumer — Not the Elected Official

Elected officials are too influenced by builders and developers.

by Eric Holdeman / July 22, 2019

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 leslie@flash.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. 

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