Earlier this month, the International Code Council (ICC) and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR) released a pilot document on community resilience benchmarks for buildings. It focuses on providing a mechanism to evaluate a facility’s current state of resilience and a guide for possible improvements.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Anchorage, Alaska, in November 2018 highlights the importance of building codes in saving lives, protecting property, and contributing to a rapid post-disaster recovery. According to a statement by the International Code Council (ICC), the earthquake did not result in any collapsed buildings, widespread damage to infrastructure, or loss of life, partially due to the strong building codes the state adopts.
Five fire tests conducted by the International Code Council (ICC) Ad-hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Fire Research Laboratory have met with positive results.
In recent years, the term ‘resilience’ has become a buzzword used to demonstrate how products fit into adapting the built environment to expected changes. As more groups try to classify what resilience means to them, the need for a comprehensive discussion to set a standard definition of the term is highlighted.