Bill Provides Matching Funds for Code Enforcement
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kansas) have
introduced legislation that would provide federal grants to building
departments in order to enhance public safety through improved enforcement
of building codes. The glass industry knows that bringing products
up to code is one step toward ensuring safety, but means nothing
without proper code enforcement.
The bill, commonly referred to as the Community Building Code Administration
Grant Act of 2007, aims to promote and enhance the operation of
local building code enforcement by establishing a competitive federal
matching grant program, supplementing existing state or local funding
for building code enforcement administration. The funds may be used
to increase staffing, provide staff training, increase staff competence
and professional qualifications, support individual certification
or departmental accreditation, or for capital expenditures specifically
dedicated to the administration of the local building code enforcement
While not a direct recipient of the program's benefits, glass companies
appreciate the need for improved code enforcement, including the
use of fire-rated glass to protect individuals in the case of fire.
"We believe actions to improve code enforcement are critical
for life safety. This includes ensuring that the proper types of
fire-rated glazing are specified, that all mandatory product tests
have been met and that materials are properly labeled," says
Technical Glass Products vice president of business development,
"Fire-rated glass can play a major role in protecting people
from fire, but like other protective products, appropriate specification
and testing are necessary. Code enforcement goes a long way toward
If enacted and funded, the grants would provide $100 million per
year over five years to help local governments employee building
and fire code officials. The grants would be awarded on a competitive
basis and be administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and
HERE to comment on the Community Building Code Administration
Grant Act of 2007.
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