Building Safety Month is held annually in order 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.
The 2021 Building Safety Month's theme was "Prevent, Prepare, Protect. Building Codes Save."
The event was broken into weekly themes: Energy and Innovation, Training the Next Generation, Water Safety, and Disaster Preparedness.
The 2021 campaign made a great impact, reaching hundreds of thousands of people on social media, in media outlets, and through virtual events.
We secured a Presidential Building Safety Month proclamation in the first year of the Biden Presidency, which specifically referenced the Global Resiliency Dialogue.
Discussions on Existing Building Maintenance & Inspections
Following the Surfside Condo Collapse in Florida, the Code Council took the lead—in conjunction with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)—to convene a panel in West Palm Beach. Participants discussed maintenance and inspections of existing buildings.
Following the discussion, the Code Council drafted a protocol to assist jurisdictions in ensuring the safety of existing buildings.
The Ensuring the Safety of Existing Buildings in Florida: Codes, Standards, and Inspections Guide provides criteria to be followed regarding inspections and can be used on a voluntary basis.
In December 2021, the Code Council hosted a virtual discussion on existing building maintenance and inspection, a follow up to the West Palm Beach discussions, and included a question-and-answer session with attendees.
The event was attended by over 600 people and produced key takeaways that will be used in the development of non-mandatory guidelines for building safety professionals and jurisdictions.