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Code Council Sponsors NIBS Keynote, ‘Creating High-Performing Resilient Communities’ continued International Code Council. Ryan, witness to a number of natural hazards during his three decades in building codes, reinforced the importance of this year’s conference theme, “Creating High- Performing Resilient Communities.” “I personally know what it means,” Ryan said, as he discussed two devastating tornadoes that have hit Kansas in the past decade. “We’re talking about homes and communities.” As NIBS wrapped up its 40th anniversary celebration, Ryan also talked about setting priorities for the Institute’s future and the value of tapping into the enormous wealth of knowledge at its disposal. He highlighted topics brought up at a brainstorming session convened to discuss the organization’s future direction and priorities. Those priorities include thought leadership, inclusion and representation of the full building industry, codes and standards, as well as the need for metrics and data. He also emphasized the importance of the Institute’s councils and committees work, and thanked the volunteers who bring so much to the Institute and the nation. 2014 REPORT, MOVING FORWARD: FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL, RELEASED DURING NIBS’ ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO The Institute’s Consultative Council consists of representative organizations from the building industry that support the design, construction and operation of buildings. It focuses on developing recommendations to address policies and practices that, if implemented, would help to advance the industry and the nation in realizing myriad goals. Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO, serves on the Consultative Council and participated in the NIBS Conference CEO Summit of Leaders from design and construction industry organizations. Sara Yerkes, Code Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations, chaired the 2014 Consultative Council. Every year, the Consultative Council prepares a report of findings and recommendations, also included in the Institute’s Annual Report, to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress to improve our nation’s buildings and infrastructure. The NIBS Consultative Council released its 2014 report, “Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council,” during its Annual Conference and Expo. Its recommendations highlight three key building industry priorities: the Buildings-Related Workforce; Resilience and a Changing Climate; and the Need to Align Government and Business to Deliver a Cost-Effective, High-Performance Built Environment. Below are some of the recommendations from the new report: • The U.S. departments of Labor and Education should work with representatives of the building industry to develop a comprehensive national workforce plan. • All sectors of the building industry should establish mentoring programs, and all representatives should reach out to the education community and to parents, teachers, business leaders and decision-makers to support technical/vocational curriculum that meets the needs of today’s workplace. • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, the Institute’s Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) and other industry stakeholders should work together to develop common metrics and methodologies to assist in the quantification of economic and environmental benefits of hazard resistance. • The U.S. Global Change Research Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, APRIL 2015 | 40 8 Free Programs to Help Building Departments Approve: 1. Special Inspection Agencies 2. Fabricators 3. Metal Building Manufacturers 4. Testing Laboratories 5. Field Evaluation Bodies 6. Building Department Service Providers 7. Product Certification Agencies 8. Commissioning Training & Certification Agencies Learn More about these Valuable Resources! 1-866-427-4422 www.iasonline.org 15-10789 —*ADVERTISEMENT—


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