Organizations Announce Major Commitment to Promote Resilient Planning and Building Materials

Release Status: 
Immediate
Contact Name: 
Stacey A. Ober
Contact Number: 
703-684-2815
City: 
Alexandria
State: 
Virginia
Date: 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Leaders of America’s engineering, design, and construction industries— along with building owners and operators—for the first time have agreed to promote resilience in contemporary planning, engineering, building materials, design, construction, and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.

CEOs of almost two dozen leading engineering and design industry associations with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP today used the occasion of “Building Safety Month” to issue a joint statement on resilience, which can be found here. The statement was unveiled at a press conference at the National Building Museum, where a major exhibition titled Designing for Disaster that presents design and building solutions for disaster mitigation opened May 11.

“We recognize that natural and manmade hazards pose an increasing threat to the safety of the public and the vitality of our nation,” reads the statement, in part. “We further recognize that contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction, and operational techniques can make our communities more resilient to these threats.”

The CEOs committed their engineering, design, and construction sector organizations to significantly improve the resilience of the nation’s entire built environment through research into new materials, construction procedures, and other methods to improve the standard of practice. Among other things, they also committed the industry to educating itself through continuous learning; to advocating for effective land use policies; to responding to disasters alongside first responders; and to planning for future events, with a strategy for fast recovery.

“Professional engineers hold the public’s health, safety, and welfare paramount and taking this first step to encourage resilience in the built environment is an obvious extension of those values,” said NSPE President Robert A. Green, P.E., F.NSPE. “NSPE looks forward to working with the other engineering, design, and construction organizations to promote this effort.”

In addition to the NSPE, here is a list of organizations signing onto the joint statement on resilience:

American Council of Engineering Companies
American Planning Association
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Interior Designers
American Society of Landscape Architects
American Society of Plumbing Engineers
ASHRAE
Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated General Contractors of America
Building Owners and Managers Association
International Code Council
International Interior Design Association
Lean Construction Institute
National Association of Home Builders
National Institute of Building Sciences
International Facility Management Association
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Urban Land Institute
U.S. Green Building Council

Additional Notes: 

The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 35,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and just over 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.