WASHINGTON, DC — A consortium of leading design and construction organizations have called on Congress to include funding in the Biden Administration’s infrastructure bill that would “significantly enhance the resilience of the nation’s buildings,” including U.S. homes, the American Institute of Architects said.
“Buildings are a critical part of our nation’s infrastructure,” said Robert Ivy, CEO of the Washington, DC-based AIA. “The vast majority of these places are far more vulnerable to natural and manmade disasters than is acceptable. We must take urgent action to fix these problems and be visionary about how we design and build new construction to withstand threats for decades to come.
In a letter to Congress, the organizations said that between 2014 and 2019, major weather- and climate-related disasters killed nearly 4,000 people and caused more than $550 billion in damage.
“Yet with new investments to support forward-thinking planning, design and construction, the building industry can be a leader in saving lives and reducing costs,” the letter to Congress said.