The “No Code. No Confidence.” theme of the 39th annual Building Safety Month underscores a central International Code Council premise: Modern, regularly updated building codes and a strong system of code enforcement ensure that individuals and communities are safe in the buildings where they live, work and play. Codes build confidence.
As the country faces disasters on an unprecedented scale—from hurricanes and tornados to wildfires and earthquakes—building codes become increasingly important to the safety, health and wellbeing of families and communities, ICC contends. Building Safety Month is an international campaign that culminates in May to raise awareness about building safety. The Council, its 64,000 members, and a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community come together with corporations, government agencies, professional associations and nonprofits to advance campaign principals through proclamations, informational events, and legislative briefings.
“Building safety is about preparing for the future. The Code Council, in partnership with our members and stakeholders, develops model codes that integrate new technologies and the latest advancements in building science,” says ICC Board President William Bryant. “Building Safety Month is a chance to celebrate the entire building safety community and to educate others about the importance of the codes to each and every one of us.”
“After nearly 40 years, Building Safety Month is still the primary international campaign promoting the importance of the codes in our everyday lives,” adds CEO Dominic Sims. “Because of the enduring commitment of our members and stakeholders, the campaign reaches tens of thousands around the world.”
Themes for 2019 Building Safety Month are:
- Week One, May 1-5: Preparing for disasters: Build strong, build smart.
- Week Two, May 6-12: Ensuring a safer future through training and education.
- Week Three, May 13-19: Securing clean, abundant water for all communities.
- Week Four, May 20-26: Construction professionals and homeowners: Partners in safety.
- Week Five, May 27-31: Innovations in building safety.
Information on corporate sponsorship opportunities can be obtained at www.buildingsafetymonth.org. Lead sponsors of this year’s campaign are the American Institute of Architects and National Electrical Manufacturers Association.