Industry Leaders Spearhead Development of Disaster Recovery Construction Specialist Certification
Construction industry representatives during a three-day forum developed the scope, parameters and provisions for a Disaster Recovery Construction Specialist (DRCS) certification. Stressing the need for qualified personnel to be involved in rebuilding efforts following a disaster, the forum was convened by the International Code Council (ICC), Green Advantage, Inc. and Antioch University New England Center for Academic Innovation at the American Institute of Architects headquarters in Washington, D.C., to outline the certification. Participating stakeholders from the design and construction industry, academia, and policy applauded the initiative.
The forum resulted in shaping the new DRCS certification, along with plans to use the latest technology as a platform for producing and deploying certification testing. Participants also agreed on measurements to improve performance of certified construction personnel.
“Emergency managers throughout the nation could benefit greatly from being able to hire construction workers who have demonstrated their competencies by achieving an ISO/IEC 17024 accredited Disaster Recovery Construction Specialist Certification,” said Bryan Koon, President, National Emergency Management Association. “The development of this certification should be a top priority for governments and the private sector to better address the ever increasing challenges we face in the wake of disasters.”
Kim Ford, a Katrina survivor and advocate, brought additional perspective and inspiration to the forum’s participants. “Disaster survivors would benefit from a certification to use as a resource tool and guide. A Disaster Recovery Construction Specialist Program could serve as a catalyst to thwart scam artists and thieves that lay wake to prey on the suffering, lack of construction knowledge, and information available in the aftermath of a disaster,” she said.
With the basis for the DCRS more fully established, partners and participants will now embark on the next phase by solidifying funding for the implementation of the program. To get involved and support this effort, organizations and individuals can contact Grady O’Rear, President/CEO of Green Advantage, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.
About Green Advantage, Inc.
Launched with funding from the EPA, Green Advantage is an exemplary certifier of construction personnel, nationally and internationally. It offers the only green builder certification specifically designed for construction field personnel across trades and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024).
About Antioch University New England Center for Academic Innovation
Antioch University New England has been an extraordinary innovator of academic initiatives throughout its five-decade history, from its path-breaking delivery models to its substantive offerings in education, environmental studies, management, and psychology. The Center for Academic Innovation incubates creative ideas and launches entrepreneurial projects at Antioch University New England. The Center fosters new capacity-building initiatives by providing financial, organizational, and consulting support.