Atkins providing consulting for first-ever FEMA Building Code strategy
The strategy defines the goals and objectives FEMA will use to create a more resilient nation through superior building performance.
“FEMA is at the forefront of building climate resilient communities, particularly those that are vulnerable and underserved,” said George Nash, CEO of Atkins North America.
“With equity and climate change being among the Biden Administration’s most pressing issues, we will continue helping to provide FEMA building science and disaster management support to minimize future losses from natural disasters and improve resiliency throughout the country.”
To help FEMA develop the strategy, the Company advised on building science practices, hazard-resistant codes and standards, the National Flood Insurance Program, flood hazard and risk modeling and mapping, resilience strategies and practices, and national policies related to equity and climate change.
“With the significant increase in federal investment for infrastructure and building community resilience in a changing climate, FEMA now has a strategy to align its policies and programs and incentivize state and local governments to adopt the latest codes and standards,” said J.R. Steele, Atkins Federal Business Unit Director. “We look forward to offering this type of nationwide strategic planning support.”