Obama Administration Launches Climate-Change Building Code Initiative

Obama Administration Launches Climate-Change Building Code Initiative

President Barack Obama is calling on the construction industry to create building codes and standards that respond to the severe weather effects of climate change.

According to the White House Fact Sheet, the initiative will introduce dozens of additions to the construction industry’s public and private sectors that aim to make homes safer and more resilient to extreme weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. The new initiative will utilize multiple federal departments and organizations to increase effectiveness. The departments of energy, transportation, housing and urban development are a few of the major players involved.

A few additions include incorporating resilient building techniques into housing programs, codes and standards that can help homes withstand earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters.

The new initiative could help builders market a safe smart home.
The new initiative could help builders market a safe, smart home.

Aside from federal department involvement, the new initiative will also involve influential private organizations in the industry, including the U.S. Green Building Council, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, the International Code Council and more.

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The proposed legislation is in response to extreme weather patterns and sites climate change. The codes will be centered on energy-efficiency and stability. Aside from advocating safer homes, the initiative will also create a disaster deductible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help homeowners in the case of a disaster.

If successfully passed, the initiative would be the first-ever national building code set in the U.S., so the White House is relying on industry leaders to help advocate for and work with national organizations to develop standards that will work for everyone in the industry.

Legislation like this is good news for builders, because it can help you market a safe, secure smart home that utilizes national building codes to protect your clients’ investment from an unexpected natural disaster.

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Michael Black is a staff writer and content coordinator at TecHome Builder. He has a particular interest in new solar developments and smart energy systems and is always looking for the next smart home trend to cover. As the youngest member of the TecHome team, Michael brings a passion that keeps the team energized. He also is instrumental in leading our social media efforts.

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