Impacts due to natural disasters - loss of life, property, and high cost to the federal government for recovery, rebuilding, compensation raises the need for more resilient construction of homes and businesses.
Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act of 2015, H.R. 3397, is legislation that will help save money, mitigate destruction and prevent the loss of lives in disaster-prone areas. This bill will provide a tax credit to home owners or building owners who use resilient construction techniques when building and renovating homes and commercial structures in federally declared disaster areas. CRSI supports this legislation.
The Safe Building Code Incentive Act, H.R. 1748, would amend the Stafford Act to enhance existing mitigation programs by encouraging states to voluntarily adopt and enforce nationally recognized model building codes for residential and commercial structures in order to qualify for an additional four percent of funding available for post-disaster grants. CRSI supports this and other Building Code initiatives as part of the Build Strong Coalition.
Incentives for resilient construction at the federal level will increase knowledge and usage of resilient techniques and materials. Continue education on Capitol Hill through briefings and working with allies to make resiliency and sustainability priorities. CRSI expertise/speaker/witness.