Posted on 05/31/2016
President Obama declared May as National Building Safety Month in order to recognize and pay tribute to those who ensure the safety and resilience of our Nation's buildings, and to reaffirm our commitment to upholding and abiding by strong and effective building safety standards. You can read the complete proclamation here.
Every year, the International Code Council sponsors “Building Safety Month,” a campaign to raise awareness about the important role building codes play in the health, safety and welfare of the public. The White House laid out a list of several helpful facts that could aid organizations in their continuing efforts to meet safety and compliance codes.
This year the campaign has been recognized in 29 states and numerous localities. Additionally, there was an official proclamation from President Obama who noted that building codes help America meet the challenges of our time “not just by making them structurally sound, but also by boosting their energy efficiency.” Along those lines, the White House later issued announced New Actions and Progress Made to Make American Buildings More Efficient and Save Businesses and Households on their Energy Bills.
Founded by the International Code Commission, Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. For the last 35 years the 50,000 worldwide Members of the ICC have celebrated advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes. The ongoing support of Building Safety Month and the important role code officials play in public safety in the built environment comes from the President of the United States, governors, mayors, county executives and other government officials and construction industry professionals. The Building Safety Month campaign helps to improve public safety by increasing awareness about how building codes and code officials improve and protect the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play.