The International Code Council Releases Report on Building Safety and Security

International Code Council Building Safety and Security ReportThe International Code Council has announced the publication of its Building Safety and Security Report. The report is intended to guide architects, first responders, and local and state authorities in evaluating facilities, including schools, against potential targeted acts of violence.

“We are impacted every day by building safety, so it is imperative we help guide our local and state authorities in taking the appropriate actions to keep our communities safe,” said Code Council Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Mike Pfeiffer. “This report will help to develop the necessary balance between facility security and safety considerations.”

Increasing threats to safety such as outdated facilities and emergency situations have motivated state and local jurisdictions to develop legislation and policies to help protect the public. The report will provide stakeholders with guidance on how to do a building risk assessment, tips on building safety administration, advice on how to best approach facility hardening, and an overview of tactical considerations.

“The Code Council’s Board of Directors is dedicated to ensuring all aspects of the built environment are thoroughly analyzed to help provide comprehensive solutions to emergency situations,” said Michael Wich, CBO, President of the International Code Council Board of Directors. “This report is a culmination of our efforts to explore and assess the status of building safety and security measures being employed during the design and construction of facilities.”

The report was developed by the Code Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Building Safety and Security. The committee was established by the Code Council Board of Directors in 2018 and gathered experts from industries and sectors spanning building, facility management, education, security, engineering, architecture, and standards development.

“The work of the Code Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Building Safety and Security will go a long way in identifying best practices and guides to address the design and layout of new and existing buildings,” said Chair of Ad Hoc Committee on Building Safety and Security, Code Council Board of Directors, Angie Wiese, PE, CBO.

Download the Building Safety and Security Report here.

Source: International Code Council

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