Architects praise House passage of HR 1471, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act

April 1st, 2016

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Feb. 29 the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act. The legislation reauthorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency and calls for a major review of disaster cost trends that will include proposals for mechanisms and incentives to reduce disaster […]

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Building code adoption key for state and local governments to withstand disasters

April 1st, 2016

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) on March 22 filed comments in a Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) rule-making proceeding, supporting in concept the establishment of a disaster deductible for states and local governments in lieu of raising the threshold for disaster declarations. “The deductible concept has merit as long as it is leveraged to […]

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