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ICCF Addresses Energy and Green Building Issues During Building Safety Month
April 29, 2011
The International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) is celebrating their 31st Building Safety Month this May with the theme of An International Celebration of Safe and Sensible Structures. The ICCF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating the devastating effects of natural disasters and other building tragedies through consumer education, professional development, and community service. "Building safety codes are often taken for granted, but they are incredibly necessary, and the foundation upon which healthy, secure homes and buildings are built," said Richard P. Weiland, ICCF Board of Governors and CEO of the Code Council. "Building Safety Month is our way of introducing ourselves to the public and sharing what we know so they can live healthier, safer lives in secure and sustainable homes, schools and buildings." Each week is devoted to a different topic. Week 1 (May 1-7) focuses on Energy and Green Building when ICC members will educate the public and builders on low-cost ways to make existing homes more efficient, long-term strategies for long-term savings, and tips on building green in new construction. "As a leading provider of energy-saving, durable building materials, our vision is that all families will live in affordable, energy-efficient, safe homes that reduce environmental impacts. This mission and our company's offerings closely mirror the themes for Building Safety Month," said Michael Sievers, Business Manager, BASF, the 2011 Building Safety Month Presenting Sponsor. "Saving energy and protecting the environment are good reasons to build 'green,' and new research shows that building green can also improve health," said Rebecca Morley, Executive Director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, a national non-profit committed to creating safe and healthy homes for children through practical and proven steps. "Modern, enforced building codes can help to maximize the health benefits of green building and to avoid potential unintended consequences of creating tighter buildings," added Ms. Morley. The following weeks will highlight Disaster Safety and Mitigation, Fire Safety and Awareness, and Backyard Safety. ICCF is the charitable subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), a membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention and energy efficiency. ICC develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.