LLIS Innovative Practice: Georgia Training Workshops for Disaster Resilient Building Construction Practices   [open pdf - 114KB]

"In 2011, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Georgia DCA [Department of Community Affairs] a grant to identify opportunities to improve Georgia's existing building codes. The DCA assembled a task force of subject-matter experts that evaluated damages from severe storms in Georgia, starting with two declared disasters in 2008. The task force used those events to develop resiliency measures that formed the foundation of the DRBC [Disaster Resilient Building Code] appendices--optional construction codes that increased requirements for disaster resilient construction for jurisdictions to adopt or modify to fit their specific needs. The appendices were available for adoption starting January 1, 2013. As part of the HUD grant activities, and in order to increase awareness and understanding of the DRBC appendices, Georgia DCA developed DRBC training workshops. Georgia DCA held the first DRBC training workshops in December 2012 in the cities of Swainsboro and Waynesboro. DCA continued to hold training workshops through December 2013. Due to grant requirements, DCA could only hold the workshops in the regions affected by the 2008 declared disasters. However, attendance at these events was open to participants from across the state."

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