|Global Application of Building Codes
as Disaster Risk Management Tools
Examined at Global Forum
Drew Azzara, Vice President of ICC Global Services, welcomed attendees to the 2012 Global Forum at the Oregon Convention Center Monday afternoon.
“This Forum will address how disaster risk management can be effected by properly developed enforcement and technically sound building regulations," Azzara said. “Each of the experiences that you will hear will have a common thread. The common thread is building safety. That common thread is what ICC is all about. It’s in our mission, it’s in our vision. It’s in all of our interests.
“The ICC continues an aggressive outreach effort,” Azzara continued, “connecting with building officials around the world, and our influence has never been greater.
Presentations were made by representatives of Mexico, Abu Dhabi, the United States and Puerto Rico, the Republic of Georgia, Egypt and Japan. Each country has its own unique history with building codes and circumstances that constrain or circumscribe what approaches will work best.
Keynote speaker Dr. Sergio Alcocer addressed the topic based on Mexico’s experiences. He said he had two ideas that he wanted to convey in his presentation.
“The first is, of course, that building codes are very important, especially if they are based on sound research and sound engineering,” Alcocer said. “The second idea I would convey to you is that building codes are not the only solution for obtaining safe buildings. There are other issues that are important, particularly in countries like mine where there are other deterrents, other issues that should be resolved before [addressing] building code compliance.
“We need to convince authorities that every dollar they spend in mitigation and the development of codes, they may save five or ten dollars worth of damage [recovery],” Alcocer added.
Other presenters for the Forum were:
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Republic of Georgia