This week marks the start of the 2021 Building Safety Month (BSM) to raise awareness about the importance of building codes and the role of building safety professionals in ensuring our communities remain safe, sustainable and resilient. This year’s theme is “Prevent, Prepare, Protect. Building Codes Save.” Week 1 highlights energy codes and standards as an essential component to increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gasses. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, model building energy codes like the International Energy Conservation Code are projected to save homeowners and businesses $126 billion in annual energy costs. Each subsequent week will focus on a specific theme critical to building safety: Training the Next Generation (week 2), Water Safety (week 3) and Disaster Preparedness (week 4). Click here to download your Building Safety Month poster. The 2021 Proclamation Guide is available here. Has your ICC Chapter President signed a proclamation? Also, don’t miss the opportunity to have 2021 BSM proclamations signed by your mayors, county commission chairs, state legislators, Governors and associations and businesses.
NOTE: So far, more than 100 jurisdictions and organizations have issued 2021 Building Safety Month proclamations, including U.S. President Joe Biden: “Investing in our infrastructure and adopting and implementing modern building codes are the most effective mitigation measures communities can undertake.” View the proclamation for National Building Safety Month, here.