No Code. No Confidence: A Campaign to Strengthen National Building Code Awareness
Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
John Ingargiola, Lead Physical Scientist of Building Sciences Branch, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Webinar Description: Building codes are a powerful tool in limiting the impacts of disasters, but many residents don’t know what standards their cities and towns require for new construction, retrofitting, or update. Homeowners and renters might just assume that the buildings they live in are adhering to the most recent and safest standards. Even if they were to want to do further research or effect a change, the process isn’t likely to be easily achieved.
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) has created a tool to make it easier for consumers to understand building codes and instigate change where needed. The nonprofit alliance’s [No Code. No Confidence](http://www. Inspect2Protect.org) initiative is a research-derived strategy that makes local residential code status easy to find for code officials, elected leaders, homeowners, renters, or anyone wishing to learn more. The site allows users to determine which version of the International Residence Code (IRC), if any, is in effect for a given municipality nationwide with just a few clicks of a mouse. This information transparency is unprecedented and provides real-time value, including a crowdsourcing function that offers code adoption updates or allows users to send questions to the project team.
In states with statewide building codes, the analysis is straightforward. But for those without statewide codes, the value of swiftly identifying the differences between cities, towns, and counties is vital. The No Code. No Confidence website can help municipalities determine an adjacent jurisdictions’ code adoption stat