Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)

Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) IBTS This account shares information about IBTS and all its subsidiaries. Building resilient communities by reducing risk, enhancing public safety and improving quality of life.
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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).

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).

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.

Operating as usual

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In case you haven't heard, today is #ElectionDay! If you haven't #voted, make time to exercise your right--and don't forget your #mask!

Thanks for posting Mid-America Regional Council #Communityleaders! take advantage of our #buildingdepartment #services t...
11/02/2020

Thanks for posting Mid-America Regional Council

#Communityleaders! take advantage of our #buildingdepartment #services through MARC. For a comprehensive understanding of what you have available as a member, check out the webinar below.

ICYMI watch the recording of the webinar to learn how MARC shared services through IBTS can help your community improve capacity and efficiency while saving costs. IBTS Branch Manager Curt Skoog provided an overview of IBTS shared services and gave some examples of how shared services have helped MARC communities,
http://ow.ly/i5Za50C6DqR

What a beautiful article by Dr. Grank Benest for ICMA - International City/County Management Association on #empathy in ...
10/30/2020
Career Compass No. 86: Empathy Is a Superpower

What a beautiful article by Dr. Grank Benest for ICMA - International City/County Management Association on #empathy in #leadership. Great way to tie off the work week!

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...someone who understands me!

“Thanks for the shout out Mid-America Regional Council It's true! We are here to help you manage and make the most of yo...
10/22/2020

“Thanks for the shout out Mid-America Regional Council It's true! We are here to help you manage and make the most of your #CDBG CARES funding. Let us help you, so you can help your community 😉
#grantmanagement #grantadministration #fundingsupport

Our Chief Development Officer and resilience SME Chris Fennell will be hosting a panel discussion tomorrow at 1pmET: "Pl...
10/20/2020

Our Chief Development Officer and resilience SME Chris Fennell will be hosting a panel discussion tomorrow at 1pmET: "Planning for an #Equitable #Future." Learn how your city can build its #resilience.
REGISTER FREE OF CHARGE:
https://alliancesforequity.heysummit.com/speakers/chris-fennell/

#affordablehousing #RNPN2020 Enterprise Community Partners
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
#socialequity #cities #infrastructure

#Building #resilience in our #communities involves researching practical & long-term solutions to incorporating #sustain...
10/12/2020
Financing Resilient Power in Underserved Communities: Moving Forward with Distributed Solar+Storage Projects - Clean Energy Group

#Building #resilience in our #communities involves researching practical & long-term solutions to incorporating #sustainable, #cleanennergy #technologies that are #affordable, so the entire community can evolve #together. The Kresge Foundation's webinar is a great place to start your studies on the topic:
https://www.cleanegroup.org/webinar/financing-resilient-power-in-underserved-communities/

Resilient solar+storage projects are increasingly being pursued in low- and moderate-income communities in response to a combination of falling costs, new revenue opportunities and incentive programs, and innovative financing solutions. This webinar will explore the economics of distributed solar+st...

Cities: Check out this insightful article from Bloomberg where cities share their approaches to prioritizing racial equi...
09/29/2020
Bloomberg

Cities: Check out this insightful article from Bloomberg where cities share their approaches to prioritizing racial equity in their budgets. And don't forget to share your feedback in our survey on social equity in climate resilience: bit.ly/ecr-survey

Budgets reflect cities’ values. Places like Austin, Louisville and Fairfax County are trying new approaches to consider racial equity in spending plans

Don't miss this session with our own Patrick Howell as he talks about the emerging results from our #socialequity and #c...
09/25/2020

Don't miss this session with our own Patrick Howell as he talks about the emerging results from our #socialequity and #climateresilience study!

ICMA - International City/County Management Association #UniteLocalGov

Exciting news! IBTS’ own Patrick Howell will be sharing emerging findings from our Equitable Climate #Resilience survey during ICMA - International City/County Management Association #UNITELocalGov tomorrow. This groundbreaking study is informing us about how #climate resilience & #socialequity are intersecting in #cities across the #nation. Don’t miss this invaluable discussion tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET.

https://unite.icma.org/education-session-details/?session=1435246

Still need to register? Visit https://unite.icma.org/registration/

Leaders of medium and large cities, do you still need to take the survey? Visit: https://ibts.org/what-we-do/resilience-services/equitable-climate-resilience/

Exciting news! IBTS’ own Patrick Howell will be sharing emerging findings from our Equitable Climate #Resilience survey ...
09/24/2020

Exciting news! IBTS’ own Patrick Howell will be sharing emerging findings from our Equitable Climate #Resilience survey during ICMA - International City/County Management Association #UNITELocalGov tomorrow. This groundbreaking study is informing us about how #climate resilience & #socialequity are intersecting in #cities across the #nation. Don’t miss this invaluable discussion tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET.

https://unite.icma.org/education-session-details/?session=1435246

Still need to register? Visit https://unite.icma.org/registration/

Leaders of medium and large cities, do you still need to take the survey? Visit: https://ibts.org/what-we-do/resilience-services/equitable-climate-resilience/

09/02/2020
Social equity and climate resilience for cities

LEADERS of MEDIUM AND LARGE CITIES: Have you taken the social equity and climate resilience survey? We want to make sure your city is heard!

Where do #socialequity and #climate #resilience intersect in your #city? Take part in this groundbreaking study:
On behalf of The Kresge Foundation, we are partnering with the National League of Cities and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) to conduct the first study of its kind to understand the challenges cities face with these critical issues—as well as identifying paths to success.

Take the survey today! bit.ly/ecr-survey

Social equity and climate resilience for cities

Building #resilience against #disasters is imperative; #Louisiana is a prime example of how rebuilding stronger, with th...
09/01/2020
Lessons in resilience: Louisiana braces for Laura as it observes 15 years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Building #resilience against #disasters is imperative; #Louisiana is a prime example of how rebuilding stronger, with the future in mind, is key. Does your community need help in #disasterfundmanagement & resilience building? We're here to help.
https://www.edf.org/blog/2020/08/26/lessons-resilience-louisiana-braces-laura-it-observes-15-years-hurricanes-katrina

15 years after Katrina and the need to restore Louisiana's wetlands has never been clearer.

This whitepaper by ICMA - International City/County Management Association addresses #fire and #emergencyservices in rob...
08/27/2020
White Paper: 21st Century Fire and Emergency Services

This whitepaper by ICMA - International City/County Management Association addresses #fire and #emergencyservices in robust fashion, yet is an accessible and important read.

The changing role of local government and its impact on 21st century fire and emergency services.

LEADERS OF MEDIUM AND LARGE CITIES: Make sure your city's experiences are captured in this groundbreaking study! Where d...
08/12/2020

LEADERS OF MEDIUM AND LARGE CITIES: Make sure your city's experiences are captured in this groundbreaking study! Where do #socialequity and #climate #resilience intersect in your #city?
With funding from @TheKresgeFoundation, @IBTS.org is partnering with @NationalLeagueofCities (NLC) and the @BPA83 (NFBPA) to conduct a groundbreaking study to understand the challenges cities face with these critical issues—and identify paths to success. Take the survey: bit.ly/ecr-survey

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.

https://console.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.astm.org%2FTRAIN%2Ffiltrexx40.cgi%3F%2B-P%2BID%2B483%2Btraindetail.frm&eventid=2218929&sessionid=1&key=3209BD8501EB34C1BE0F6DBBB85F0059®Tag=&sourcepage=register

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...

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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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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
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.
What a great company to work for !