Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)

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Building resilient communities by reducing risk, enhancing public safety and improving quality of life. We help balance social, economic and environmental priorities by assisting municipalities with efficient service delivery through public-non-profit partnerships and regional service agreements. Our services include: Building and Community Development, Energy and Sustainability Services, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Quality Assurance, as well as Compliance and Risk Monitoring. IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country. IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected state and local governmental associations, including the Council of State Governments (CSG), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and National League of Cities (NLC).
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IBTS Strives to: - Increase awareness of building technology and safety among members of the government, industry and business, as well as consumers. - Increase the availability of safe, durable, affordable residential and commercial structures. - Provide a better understanding of, and uniformity in, the application of government regulations. - Create better relations with industry by providing unbiased, expert technical services in a reliable and cooperative manner. - Improve coordination among government, industry and research organizations, and facilitate open discussions and meetings. - Reduce the cost and risk for program participants and consumers while complying with regulations and improving our products and services. - Use the latest computer technology to collect data, improve efficiency and promote accountability in all areas.

Mission: Vision To be recognized as the leading service provider in the building environment to all levels of government, community and industry worldwide. Mission To deliver quality services that meet the challenges of governance at all levels while enhancing public safety, economic development, and the general welfare of the community. IBTS Strives to: ■ Increase awareness of building technology and safety among members of the government, industry and business, as well as consumers. ■ Increase the availability of safe, durable, affordable residential and commercial structures. ■ Provide a better understanding of, and uniformity in, the application of government regulations. ■ Create better relations with industry by providing unbiased, expert technical services in a reliable and cooperative manner. ■ Improve coordination among government, industry and research organizations, and facilitate open discussions and meetings. ■ Reduce the cost and risk for program participants and consumers while complying with regulations and improving our products and services. ■ Use the latest computer technology to collect data, improve efficiency and promote accountability in all areas. IBTS offers these services through contracts and grants from Federal, state, and local governments, in addition to subcontracts and teaming agreements with other organizations and corporations.

Is your #community having #DisasterPreparedness conversations? If so, you are acutely aware that #resilience means #futu...
08/07/2020
NWS WPC on Twitter

Is your #community having #DisasterPreparedness conversations? If so, you are acutely aware that #resilience means #future. Does your community need help in #resilienceplanning? Look no further. We're the partner you've been looking to #prepare it for anything it could face.

https://twitter.com/NWSWPC/status/1291398593518219273?s=20

“NOAA has updated the 2020 Hurricane Season Outlook. The remainder of the hurricane season could be "extremely active". Keep in mind that this outlook is for overall seasonal activity and is not a landfall forecast. For more information, please visit: https://t.co/akFR2zcW3W”

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)'s Patrick Howell will be leading a workshop on #socialequity in ...
07/10/2020
Natural Hazards Center || Workshop 2020 || rebuilding-trust-equity-in-climate-and-environmental-disasters

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)'s Patrick Howell will be leading a workshop on #socialequity in #climatedisasters & community #resilience building on 7/13 @ 1:30 MDT for Natural Hazards Center.

#SME panelists include Jennifer Horney, University of Delaware; Miguel Vasquez, Riverside University Health System - Public Health; Curtis Brown, Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

Sign up to chime in!

https://hazards.colorado.edu/workshop/2020/session/rebuilding-trust-equity-in-climate-and-environmental-disasters?row=12

Socially and economically disadvantaged populations are disproportionately impacted by disaster, have more limited access to recovery resources, and often take longer to recover—or not recover at all—from disasters. This is especially true in terms of climate change and environmental disasters. ...

Building #resilience makes sense on several levels. This World Bank article showcases just that. If your #community is i...
07/07/2020
Coronavirus makes investing in climate adaptation more urgent than ever

Building #resilience makes sense on several levels. This World Bank article showcases just that. If your #community is in need of guidance on how to best #prepare for #disasters, contact our #SMEs at the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/coronavirus-makes-investing-climate-adaptation-more-urgent-ever?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT%20a

During the COVID-19 crisis, climate shocks and extreme weather events will not stop. As countries begin the process of recovery, it is critical that we focus on building climate resilience, anticipating future risks, reducing vulnerability, and boosting shared prosperity.

Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) wishes you a happy and #safe #FourthofJuly celebration! #BuildMemori...
07/04/2020

Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) wishes you a happy and #safe #FourthofJuly celebration! #BuildMemories and #StaySafe #independenceday2020

Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC recently published some insightful thoughts on the importance of "investing in th...
07/02/2020
Don’t Forget Buildings in Infrastructure Investment

Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC recently published some insightful thoughts on the importance of "investing in the efficiency of critical facilities"so our #communities will be better equipped to function in emergency situations. IBTS' #SMEs can help your community plan and #build #resilience

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/lauren-urbanek/dont-forget-buildings-infrastructure-investment

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the need to invest in America’s infrastructure, and Congress is poised to consider H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. But what exactly is infrastructure? Most people probably think of it as roads,...

National League of Cities released its State of Cities Report providing insight into our cities' priorities, such as #in...
07/01/2020
State of the Cities 2020

National League of Cities released its State of Cities Report providing insight into our cities' priorities, such as #infrastructure to "increase efficiency and become more #resilient to #naturaldisasters in the future." Does #community need resilience guidance? Look no further than our SMEs at IBTS - Institute for Building Technology and Safety

#smartcity #urbanplanning #innovation #smes #climatechange

https://www.nlc.org/resource/state-of-the-cities-2020

The state of our cities continues to be strong even in these troubled times. Right now, mayors are battling the twin challenges of a public health crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout that the novel coronavirus has wrought on our nation’s communities. Mayors have b...

06/09/2020

@MARC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference) is hosting an interesting forum for conversations on the critical topic of #resilience. To be part of the conversation, visit link and if you need guidance on how to build up your community's resilience, reach out to our @IBTS_org.
experts.

https://climateactionkc.mindmixer.com/messagecenter/list

“Experience has demonstrated that one of the most effective ways to support FEMA’s mission is by building a culture of #...
06/05/2020
Groups Propose Tweaks to FEMA Infrastructure Resilience Guidance

“Experience has demonstrated that one of the most effective ways to support FEMA’s mission is by building a culture of #preparedness before #disasters take place. Developing #resilient #communities reduces both loss of life and economic disruption,"
---- FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor, recently quoted in an article on the proposed tweaks to FEMA infrastructure #resilience guidance.

If your #community needs guidance on building resilient infrastructure, contact our experts today.

Stakeholders largely supportive of a new disaster mitigation program at the Federal Emergency Management Agency call for tweaking aspects of its proposed guidance.

Hurricane season is around the corner, but so is IBTS, ready to help your #municipality, your #city, and your #community...
05/28/2020
Preparing for a Natural Disaster During the Pandemic

Hurricane season is around the corner, but so is IBTS, ready to help your #municipality, your #city, and your #community build up the #resilience needed to stand strong and recover briskly.

This ICMA - International City/County Management Association list of resources is a great way to start this conversation in your community

As local governments continue COVID-19 recovery operations, new emergencies emerge--from flooding to hurricane season. Here are some resources to help you prepare.

Timely story on how natural disaster planning has proven invaluable during this #pandemic. When it comes to #resilience ...
05/27/2020
National Association of Counties

Timely story on how natural disaster planning has proven invaluable during this #pandemic.
When it comes to #resilience strategies and disaster recovery planning, IBTS can help your #city, #municipality or #county prepare now for whatever #disaster lies ahead

#communityresilience #disasterrecovery

Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency Director Tony Norwood’s county was hit with not one severe weather event in April, but three — two tornadoes and a severe storm — all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

Join IBTS Senior Advisor and subject matter expert David Hattis for a webinar today on hurricane standards, part of ASTM...
05/06/2020
The Resilience in Construction Series: Windborne Debris Standards in Hurricanes for Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Webinar

Join IBTS Senior Advisor and subject matter expert David Hattis for a webinar today on hurricane standards, part of ASTM's Resilience in Construction Series. This webinar is designed for property casualty professionals, bankers, emergency disaster professionals, code officials, and other technical experts.

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The Resilience in Construction Series: Windborne Debris Standards in Hurricanes for Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Webinar

Read our white paper on the challenges of – and solutions for – meeting critical life safety building regulations during...
04/20/2020
Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) | White Paper: COVID-19 Life Safety and Economic Stability Support Services - IBTS

Read our white paper on the challenges of – and solutions for – meeting critical life safety building regulations during #COVID-19, especially for structures being rapidly repurposed or erected to meet healthcare & quarantine needs.

#buildings #review #inspections #safety #healthandsafety #safetyfirst #safetyconsulting #temporary #planreview #structure #structuraldesign #temporaryhospital #repurpose

White Paper: COVID-19 Life Safety and Economic Stability Support Services Third-Party Remote Plan Review and Inspections for Temporary and Repurposed Structures Purpose This white paper describes the need for life safety evaluation plan reviews and...

IBTS can provide expedited remote plan reviews for hospitals, schools, and other public buildings that may need to be mo...
03/24/2020

IBTS can provide expedited remote plan reviews for hospitals, schools, and other public buildings that may need to be modified or converted to healthcare or quarantine facilities. Contact Paul Hancher at [email protected].

IBTS recently won a major award from the U.S. Department of Energy to expand our #photovoltaic (PV) inspection platform ...
11/27/2019
IBTS Receives Major DOE Award to Expand and Enhance Solar PV Inspection Platform - IBTS

IBTS recently won a major award from the U.S. Department of Energy to expand our #photovoltaic (PV) inspection platform through stakeholder engagement! The expansion will provide public access to the system and the data it collects. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/37NxH03 #SOLAR

November 1, 2019 – Ashburn, VA Thanks to a major award from the U.S. Department of Energy, IBTS will expand its photovoltaic (PV) quality management field inspection platform, benefitting the solar industry by making the...

"Effective coastal #resilience plans are an absolute must for #states to tackle challenges from rising seas and more int...
11/22/2019
Coastal states need resilience plans. Here are six essential elements.

"Effective coastal #resilience plans are an absolute must for #states to tackle challenges from rising seas and more intense storms." Get started with your resilience plan today with these six essential elements from the Environmental Defense Fund: http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2019/11/20/six-elements-resilience-plans-coastal-states/

Coastal states are turning to resilience planning to confront extreme weather and climate change.

If you're at the 2019 National League of Cities City Summit, don't forget to stop by booth #706 to learn about IBTS' loc...
11/21/2019

If you're at the 2019 National League of Cities City Summit, don't forget to stop by booth #706 to learn about IBTS' local government solutions! From #building department services to #resilience and #community planning, we've got your city covered! #NLCCS

Are you at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Conference this week? Stop by booth #1207 to...
11/20/2019

Are you at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Conference this week? Stop by booth #1207 to learn about IBTS' services, from #quality assurance to construction management, #military housing code compliance and more! #samesbc19

International Code Council's online vote for the 2021 International Energy #Conservation Code is now open! Communities t...
11/19/2019
5 Steps Your City Can Take to Boost Building Energy Efficiency by 10%

International Code Council's online vote for the 2021 International Energy #Conservation Code is now open! Communities that participate can tackle important #energyefficiency priorities. Read National League of Cities' update to learn more! https://citiesspeak.org/2019/11/13/5-steps-your-city-can-take-to-boost-building-energy-efficiency-by-10/

Cities across the country have a golden opportunity to boost the efficiency of America’s homes and businesses.

It's not too late to sign up for our free NY #energy code webinars this afternoon or Thursday afternoon! Register now to...
11/19/2019

It's not too late to sign up for our free NY #energy code webinars this afternoon or Thursday afternoon! Register now to reserve your spot and get started earning CEUs! https://www.ibts.org/energy-code-webinars/ @NYSERDA

Don't miss an opportunity to earn CEUs at this #solar permitting and inspection training in New Bedford, MA, that IBTS i...
11/15/2019
MassCEC Solar Permitting and Inspection Training - New Bedford, MA (Fall 2019)

Don't miss an opportunity to earn CEUs at this #solar permitting and inspection training in New Bedford, MA, that IBTS is co-hosting on Monday! Register today: https://bit.ly/2NQdBdh @irecusa @MassCEC

Solar Permitting and Inspection Training Streamline your process for effective solar reviews and inspections, and easily identify common solar installation errors. Join AHJs in your region for state-sponsored, hands-on, interactive training: Monday, November 18, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM$35 fee inclu...

IBTS is offering free NY #energy code webinars on behalf of NYSERDA with CEUs available! Our next webinar is tomorrow on...
11/13/2019

IBTS is offering free NY #energy code webinars on behalf of NYSERDA with CEUs available! Our next webinar is tomorrow on commercial codes - sign up today to reserve your spot! https://www.ibts.org/energy-code-webinars/

The #resilience of local businesses is critical to the ability of the whole community to recover after a disaster. Learn...
11/12/2019

The #resilience of local businesses is critical to the ability of the whole community to recover after a disaster. Learn how to help ensure your local businesses are prepared in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s new story, "Businesses Resilience is Community Resilience" https://bit.ly/2O5cbuD

Do you need help meeting your city's #resilience goals? Apply for the National League of Cities' Leadership in Community...
11/07/2019
National League of Cities

Do you need help meeting your city's #resilience goals? Apply for the National League of Cities' Leadership in Community Resilience Program by Dec. 20! The program provides a $10,000 grant, technical assistance, and more to support your resilience initiatives! Apply: https://bit.ly/2pPkW3L

Looking for a way to fund an innovative resilience project in your community? NLC is now accepting applications from U.S. cities for the 2020 Leadership in Community Resilience grant program. The application process is easy. Deadline is December 20.

Congrats to the Mid-America Regional Council(MARC) for earning the Government Officers Finance Association's (GFOA's) Di...
11/05/2019

Congrats to the Mid-America Regional Council
(MARC) for earning the Government Officers Finance Association's (GFOA's) Distinguished Budget Presentation award!

We're honored to have earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation award from the GFOA of the US & Canada. Our audit report has earned GFOA honors for more than 30 consecutive years, but we had never submitted our budget for consideration until this year. Numerous cities and counties in the Kansas City region have received the GFOA award for their annual budgets, but MARC is one of only a handful of regional councils to receive this recognition.

With the natural disasters increasing in severity and frequency, #resilience has never been more important. Check out th...
10/29/2019
How cities are rebuilding to be more resilient to natural disasters

With the natural disasters increasing in severity and frequency, #resilience has never been more important. Check out this new article from PBS NewsHour highlighting communities rebuilding more resilient after natural disasters.

Cities, residents and businesses across the U.S. and the world are seeking ways to end the expensive cycle of rebuilding after natural disasters.

Interested in what the federal government is doing to strengthen our nation's #resilience? Be sure to check out the U.S....
10/28/2019

Interested in what the federal government is doing to strengthen our nation's #resilience? Be sure to check out the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) new Disaster Resilience Framework!

As the number and severity of weather events continues to increase, the need for federal assistance will likely increase as well. With this in mind, we created the Disaster Resilience Framework to help policymakers facilitate and promote disaster resilience throughout the nation. Today’s WatchBlog gives an overview of the Framework: https://blog.gao.gov/2019/10/24/our-new-disaster-resilience-framework/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=blogsm

Did you miss IBTS' presentation on understanding Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery programs at COSCDA'...
10/23/2019
IBTS Presents at COSCDA Annual Training Conference - IBTS

Did you miss IBTS' presentation on understanding Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery programs at COSCDA's 2019 Annual Training Conference? Read our latest press release to find out what the presentation covered: https://bit.ly/33ZEn8f #DisasterRecovery

October 23, 2019 – Ashburn, VA IBTS Corporate Disaster Recovery Executive Michael Spletto presented on understanding the CDBG-DR program and lessons learned at COSCDA’s Annual Training Conference. Typically these presentations are presented by state CDBG...

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As a non-profit organization, the Institute for Building Technology and Safety, with guidance from the five national associations that are represented on its Board of Directors, supports initiatives that provide public services in the areas of: - Advancement of Building Safety - Advancement of Affordable Housing - Research and Education IBTS's contribution to these areas may take the form of educational forums, development of guidebooks, videos or other educational materials. Projects may also include research, development of standards or software to support affordable housing or building safety. IBTS also works towards increasing better understanding of issues and implementation of better programs among local, state and federal government. The following represent the first-hand or reported experiences of building departments from around the United States. These practices worked for these departments, and may lead to more efficient operation of any other building department.

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Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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Institute: Ideation. Innovation. Investment in programs, procedures and the communities we serve. As a nonprofit organization, we are able to focus our thought leadership and subject matter expertise on large-scale goals and challenges instead of shareholder profit demands. We have a long history of sharing our knowledge through teaching and training others. It’s about mission over margin. Good governance and guidance. Vision and value.

Building: Bungalow. Brownstone. Bridge. And all points in between. Our work touches almost every aspect of the built environment. We are building resilient communities by reducing risk, enhancing public safety and improving quality of life. We balance social, economic and environmental priorities, whether manufactured housing, major infrastructure project or local government services.

Technology: Tools. Techniques. Tricks of the trade. We bring them all to bear on every project we touch. Some are tried, tested and true. Others are new innovations, like using live mobile video to conduct inspections, or drone technology to survey a site, or new ways to think about and meet challenges. Emerging technologies are on our horizon too. How can they help us improve the built environment?

Safety: Security. Sustainability. Shelter. Life safety building codes and standards. Trusted third-party advisor. Provider of local government services. Much of our work involves helping communities become resilient, or to recover after a disaster. We understand that the physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of a community depends on its ability to provide citizens with the services and resources they need to thrive in a safe, secure environment.

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And comedy hour with IBTS in Kansas returns.... Our county, Miami County, entered into agreement for services with IBTS to receive a variety of services including property maintenance services. This time IBTS employee, Jeremy Dierking, decided to stop at a second property that I own and take pictures of everything he could see from the road and sent me a notice of nuisance violation. No list of actionable items. I now have in hand courtesy of IBTS a nice portfolio of images of my operable, registered vehicles, trailers, building, and electric service. Within 10 days of receiving this joke of a notice, I mailed a response to Mr. Dierking and copied Ashok Goswami, CEO, and Joseph Balac, General Counsel, requesting an actionable list of items on my property in violation of my county's nuisance regs. It is ridiculous that IBTS would photograph all items on my property hoping that at least one violates the nuisance regs. In the meantime, it's crickets in response to my request for a list. Training at IBTS must be substandard and being an inspector must suck. Meanwhile, within a mile of my property in all four directions I have documented issues that are clearly in violation of county nuisance regulations and stopped in to talk with my neighbors to see if they have received a notice from Mr. Dierking. Not one neighbor has heard from him. Can't help but think I am a target for refusing him access to my property on our initial meeting.
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