What's the difference between building a home nowadays and one in the late 19th century? Building models change, standards for materials change, but the methods for planning to protect buildings from fires remains a challenge. Just because a battle was fought one hundred years ago doesn't mean it won't rear its head again and again.
In 1882, the IAFC took action toward developing a National Building Code when it developed a set of "laws" related to the construction and reconstruction of buildings.
In 1891, the association leadership, working in concert with the National Builders Association, the National Building Inspectors Association, the Board of Fire Underwriters and the American Institute of Architects created and issued a building code for universal application.
As the years went on, new building models were created, standards changed and so more up-to-date building codes were needed to keep up.
This year, the IAFC urged Congress to enact a federal building code measure—Safe Building Code Incentive Act (SBCIA). This bill provides financial incentives for states to adopt and enforce strict building codes that would save lives and property.
Chief Hank Clemmensen, IAFC President 2012-2013, said of the bill: "Every American community deserves to be covered by modern building codes—and that would significantly improve our nation's safety and resilience over time."
The resilience of the IAFC and its members continues to stand tall in dealing with issues—like building codes—that protect the community. It's a trait we've had since the late 1800s and one we persistently revisit to ensure our duty to serve is always kept in the forefront of our priorities.