Leaders of America’s design and construction industry—along with building owners and operators—for the first time have agreed to promote resilience in contemporary planning, 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 design and construction industry associations, with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP, used “Building Safety Month” to issue a joint statement on resilience. The statement was unveiled at a press conference at the National Building Museum during the opening of a major exhibition, “Designing for Disaster,” which presents design and building solutions for disaster mitigation.
“We recognize that natural and manmade hazards pose an increasing threat to the safety of the public and the vitality of our nation,” read 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 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 raise the standard of practice. They also committed the industry to educating itself through continuous learning, advocating for effective land use policies, responding to disasters alongside first responders, and planning for future events with a strategy for fast recovery.
“I encourage interior designers to lead the way in improving the resiliency of our communities against disaster,” said Randy Fiser, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). “ASID will make resiliency a priority going forward and will work with our industry colleagues to ensure more organizations adopt this approach.”