The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released their Building Science Branch: Fiscal Year 2013 in Review report. The Building Science Branch, which resides in the Risk Reduction Division of FEMA’s Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration (FIMA), is staffed by highly skilled national experts on building codes, proper construction techniques, and rebuilding strategies. The Branch has the lead role in the development, production, and promotion of more than 250 resources that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes, seismic design guidelines, floodproofing, wind design, and other natural and man-made hazards requirements for new construction and the repair of existing buildings. These resources include publications, guidance, tools, training courses, outreach materials, technical bulletins, and recovery advisories.
The Building Science Branch and its partners, including CUSEC, help implement, support, and promote earthquake risk reduction through the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). To view or download the full report, visit the FEMA Library website: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/92970.
To view or download FEMA NEHRP publications and products, visit the Earthquake Publications website: http://www.fema.gov/earthquake-publications.