Bill Aims To Support Building Code Officials
A newly introduced bill, the Community Building Code Administration Grant Act of 2007, would provide federal grants to building departments to enhance public safety. The grant would provide $100 million over five years to help local governments hire, train and equip code officials, including building and fire inspectors.
If approved by Congress, the Community Building Code Administration Grant Act would support hiring and training code officials to save lives and protect property. It would aid communities that see their resources stretched when they face building booms or major rebuilds after a disaster.
Studies show that every dollar invested to build stronger and safer structures results in savings of $4-7 in reduced damages when a disaster occurs.