Verónica G. Cárdenas/Chabad Lubavich Damage in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey

Verónica G. Cárdenas/Chabad Lubavich Damage in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey

With hurricanes Harvey and Irma behind us—and the long roads to recovery and rebuilding ahead of us—the AIA issued a statement today asking state and federal legislators to reject any initiative that seeks to weaken building-code requirements, and to include public buildings in efforts to update and upgrade the country’s infrastructure.

In the press release, AIA president Thomas Vonier, FAIA, urges lawmakers to “reject attempts to roll back protections that make good design and careful planning the hallmarks of U.S. construction.” The press release cites President Donald Trump’s Aug. 15 Executive Order 13807, “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects,” as an example of effort to ease design and planning regulations. That executive order sets a “goal of completing all Federal environmental reviews and authorization decisions for major infrastructure projects within 2 years.”