On July 6, IIBEC signed onto an industry letter urging Congress to include investments in resilient buildings in the forthcoming infrastructure bill. In joining with industry colleagues telling Congress to act, the letter noted that there are currently millions of buildings at high risk for flood, wind, fire, subsidence, sea-level rise, and earthquakes that must be adapted to achieve resilience for the future.
The letter also states: “A comprehensive physical infrastructure package is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fortify our communities with the contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction, and operational techniques that will improve resilience to all-hazards.”
Congress is currently drafting the legislative language that provides the detail to the broad bipartisan framework Senators agreed to in late June. This letter will remind legislators to include provisions beneficial to buildings in the final bill and that the public supports such efforts.
IIBEC members are well-positioned to help building owners increase the resilience of their buildings, which allows buildings to withstand hazards and keep occupants safe and comfortable. Working alone and through industry coalitions, IIBEC will continue to advocate on behalf of its members at all levels of government across the United States and Canada.