International building code development/research organisations agree to cooperate on enhancing resilience through codes
Public release of a statement of outcomes ‘Findings on Changing Risk and Building Codes’
In October 2019, the U.S.-based International Code Council convened a workshop in California, USA, which was attended by Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
The purpose of the workshop was to gain a better understanding among these countries about natural hazard challenges posed by climate change, and the approaches taken in regard to regulation of buildings and building safety. It provided an opportunity to harmonise efforts through the production of joint research and sharing of information, particularly about the mitigation of climate-related risks, the group is developing international building resilience guidelines, designed to be globally applicable.
Building codes already provide for a significant level of occupant and building safety. This global initiative, supported by the ABCB, Canadian National Research Council and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will contribute further to improve the resilience of buildings from weather-related natural hazards.
Organisations can also endorse the initiative through an online submission process.