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Building Safety Month 2021

Prevent, Prepare, Protect. Building Codes Save Lives.

Safety in the built environment is an essential component of maintaining public health, making Building Safety Month more relevant now than ever. Join us in celebrating virtually through social media, online events and digital educational materials for kids and adults.

Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe. Building Safety Month celebrates advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes around the world.

Week One: Energy and Innovation

The building safety industry is on the cutting edge of technology, building science, and innovation. We are seeing designers incorporate more and more green elements into their building construction. The Planning and Development Department also offers their customers the opportunity to add 'green' stormwater and energy-efficient practices to a developed site as part of the Green Raleigh Review process.

Did you miss the Building Sustainability Webinar on May 11? Click this link to watch. 

Week Two: Training the Next Generation

The City of Raleigh employs many building safety professionals: trade inspectors, permit technicians, fire marshals, and building officials to name a few. The building safety field encompasses a wide gamut of specialties and offers many excellent career opportunities that contribute to the safety of the built environment.

Meet some of Raleigh's code officials in the video below:

Building Codes Save Lives

Week Three: Water Safety

Code officials (inspectors) are vigilant protectors of our water supply. Building and plumbing codes help guard it for future generations through proper construction, conservation, and safe disposal. Because of their dedicated service, you can turn on the tap in your home and draw sufficient, clean water!

Check out how Stormwater and bioretention are related to water safety below:

Building Safety Month – Water Safety and Conservation

Week Four: Disaster Preparedness

One of the best ways for communities to prepare for disasters is to build to the most up-to-date, modern building codes. Disaster mitigation through the adoption and enforcement of building codes provides you, your family, and your community protection in the event of a natural disaster.

Advance planning for natural disasters helps individuals and communities increase the health and safety of their population during an event, protects the local tax base, ensures continuity of essential services, and supports a faster recovery in the aftermath.

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Katie Dombrowski
Planning and Development
Communications Manager


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