Obama Mandates I-Codes for Earthquake Resilience

Executive Order calls for use of I-Codes in all new, leased and regulated federal buildings for seismic safety.

Earthquake_Resilience_SummitPrior to the start of the White House Earthquake Resilience Summit, President Obama issued an Executive Order, Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Standard that calls for new, leased and regulated federal buildings to meet seismic safety provisions outlined in the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). Both model codes are produced by the International Code Council. The IBC and IRC are developed through the Council’s governmental consensus process and updated regularly to reflect the latest advancements in building science.”There is no more important contributor to reducing communities’ risks from earthquakes than the adoption and application of modern building codes and standards,” said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO, who served as a panelist at the earthquake summit in Washington, D.C. “To survive and remain resilient, and to assure the rapid recovery of local economies, communities must employ the most up-to-date code provisions. This Executive Order ensures that federal facilities and their occupants will be safe when the next earthquake strikes.”