May, 2015: Building Safety Month

WHEREAS, the theme for Building Safety Month 2015 “Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes,” encourages raised awareness of the importance of building safe and resilient construction; fire prevention, disaster mitigation, water safety and conservation, energy efficiency and new technologies in the construction industry; and,

WHEREAS, the International Codes, the most widely adopted building safety, energy, and fire prevention codes in the nation, are used by most U.S. cities, counties, and states; and it is recognized that countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of these building safety codes by local and state code officials; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan building officials, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical inspectors, fire inspectors,  architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople, and others in the building industry in Michigan, continue coordinated efforts to address the critical issues of safety, energy efficiency, and resilience in the built environment to ensure that our structures are safe and sound both in everyday life and in times of natural disasters; and,

WHEREAS, each year, in observance of Building Safety Month, Michigan citizens are encouraged to take appropriate steps to ensure that the places where we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe and sustainable, and acknowledge the essential services provided by local and state code officials and building departments in protecting lives and property; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as Building Safety Month in Michigan.