On behalf of the BlueGreen Alliance (BGA), a coalition of the nation’s largest labor unions and environmental organizations, collectively representing millions of members and supporters, we urge HUD to incorporate the latest applicable consensus-based codes that include hazard-resistance criteria as a requirement for Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and in alignment with FEMA requirements. This will support climate mitigation efforts so that buildings are climate resilient and will streamline block grant implementation by a qualified workforce.
To improve the Nation’s level of climate resilience and support workforce readiness, HUD should not limit compliance to products of just one organization (International Code Council (ICC)). The resiliency of America’s buildings relies on a robust ecosystem of codes and standards developed by standards developing organizations. Today’s buildings are more resilient because of this ecosystem, and the increased involvement of stakeholders interested in improving efficiency and resiliency.
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