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Introducing: The Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR) continued We like to believe America is a resilient nation. Through devastating world wars, catastrophic economic retrenchment and cataclysmic natural disasters, this nation always has bounced back, restored its vitality and found the strength to prosper despite all odds. Resilience is baked into the American spirit, but not always in the built environment, as building officials look for the strongest codes. Resilience in the built community can be difficult to get a handle on, as America’s communities, large and small, experience continually changing technology and economic uncertainties. It’s crucial, however, our communities are resilient, because, like dominoes, a disaster that affects one community can have major impacts on others, especially if resiliency isn’t what it could be. And a community is no stronger than its own weakest links. A significant part of the problem is that many communities have had no way to gauge their resilience levels, on the whole, or in part. They’re not sure how to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. But now, thanks to the newest member of the Code Council’s Family of Companies— The Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR)—communities can access the resources to understand what it means to be resilient; the processes and tools to help them along the way and realistic incentives to encourage them to take the plunge. They will find resilience is about building capacity, adaptive strength and opportunity across all aspects in a community, including the economy, the society and the infrastructure. It is about unleashing the expertise and innovative spirit within the business sector, building strong ties and exceptional quality of life within neighborhoods, and creating forward-looking, supportive community organizations. It is about making the whole community better, safer, more competitive, more robust, more productive—more resilient. It’s a big job. There are over 89,000 communities—cities, towns, counties and villages— in America, and we need to get the message of resilience in the built environment to every one of them. We need to show them where they are weak, so that they can get stronger; where they are strong, so they can use those strengths to find opportunity— where they can get the most bang for the buck. The nation’s resilience is anchored in resilient communities. Community resilience is not the job of the local, state or federal government alone; they OCTOBER 2016 | 13 Approve with CONFIDENCE When facing new or unfamiliar materials, how do you know if they comply with building codes and standards? • ICC-ES® Evaluation Reports are the most widely accepted and trusted technical reports for code compliance. When you specify products or materials with an ICC-ES report, you avoid delays on projects and improve your bottom line. • ICC-ES is a subsidiary of ICC®, the publisher of the codes used throughout the U.S. and many global markets, so you can be confident in their code expertise. • ICC-ES provides you with a free online directory of code compliant products at: www.icc-es.org/Evaluation_Reports and CEU courses that help you design with confidence. • ICC-ES provides a one-stop shop for the evaluation, listing and now testing of innovative building products through our newly formed cooperation with Innovation Research Labs, a highly respected ISO 17025 accredited testing lab with over 50 years of experience. www.icc-es.org | 800-423-6587 Follow us on: Take ICC-ES’s FREE “Innovative Material Use in Residential Design” course at www.icc-es.org/RDC and earn 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. 16-13281 —*ADVERTISEMENT—


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