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WASHINGTON — Legislation that would encourage states to adopt and enforce building codes was introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate on Wednesday.
The Safe Building Code Incentive Act of 2013 — H.R. 1878 — would allow states that adopt and enforce model building codes that meet minimum life-safety standards to receive an additional 4% on post-disaster funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Qualifying codes would have to be consistent with the most recent version of a nationally recognized model building code, have been adopted by the state within six years of the most recent version of the model code, and use the model code as a minimum standard.
“Nature has the stick, let’s give the carrot,” said the measure’s chief House sponsor, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., during a conference in Washington on Thursday.
Speaking at the inaugural building codes opinion leader forum sponsored by the BuildStrong Coalition and the Congressional Fire Services Institute, Rep. Diaz-Balert said stronger building codes save lives and money.
Previous versions of the measure failed to pass both chambers of Congress, but Rep. Diaz-Balart said he thinks “momentum is on our side” because citizens recognize the costs of the status quo.
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., introduced a companion bill — S. 905 — in the Senate.
According to BuildStrong Coalition, a Washington-based group of corporations, emergency management officials and business and consumer groups, 21 states currently enforce statewide building codes. Some of these states already qualify for the additional funding, while others would need to make minor legislative adjustments to their codes.
This Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety analysis, which was created after the Institute examined the building codes in place in New Jersey and New York when Superstorm Sandy hit, provides suggestions to help increase building resilience for future storms.