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Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)

Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) IBTS

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Building resilient communities by reducing risk, enhancing public safety and improving quality of life. 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).
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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.

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.

We are currently hiring disaster recovery experts for various programs in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Pu...
10/31/2018

We are currently hiring disaster recovery experts for various programs in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas. For more information or to apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/2zfeLXh #disasterrecovery #jobopening #nowhiring #programmanagement

10/24/2018
Commercial PACE Working Group | Department of Energy

IBTS was accepted as a Market Partner for the DOE's Commercial PACE Working Group! This group is made up of state and local governments working together to learn about, launch, and refine C-PACE financing programs. Learn more about this initiative here: http://bit.ly/2ONssr6

The Commercial PACE Working Group is a cohort of state and local governments working together to learn about, launch, and refine C-PACE financing programs. This DOE initiative will leverage technical assistance from leading C-PACE experts and market partners to:

10/24/2018
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Broken Arrow, OK, becomes the first city to sign a pre-event contract for disaster mitigation and recovery services through a new OMSC member benefit. http://bit.ly/2OJRSGj

Following a natural disaster like #HurricaneMichael, most communities want as much information as possible from FEMA; ye...
10/14/2018

Following a natural disaster like #HurricaneMichael, most communities want as much information as possible from FEMA; yet communicating with FEMA is often a new process for local officials. Use these tips to help communicate during funding disbursement. http://bit.ly/2OszTnH

Need to submit a Declaration of Disaster Request after #HurricaneMichael? Not sure how? Use our Wizard. http://bit.ly/2C...
10/13/2018

Need to submit a Declaration of Disaster Request after #HurricaneMichael? Not sure how? Use our Wizard. http://bit.ly/2CemJ6f

Paperwork is often the last thing people think of after a natural disaster, yet it’s one of the most important and com...
10/12/2018

Paperwork is often the last thing people think of after a natural disaster, yet it’s one of the most important and complicated components of the disaster recovery process. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2OqbW0g #HurricaneMichael

Social media plays a crucial role for counties during hurricanes and their aftermath. Learn more with Counties’ Hurric...
10/11/2018

Social media plays a crucial role for counties during hurricanes and their aftermath. Learn more with Counties’ Hurricane Preparations Extensive, Varied
http://bit.ly/2ND3Vzt
#HurricaneMichael

09/25/2018

What are you waiting for? Stop by our booth to take a 2-minute survey on #Resilience, #CommunityFinance or #Infrastructure @ICMAevents!! You could win a $50 #Amazon #giftcard! @ICMA #ICMA18

09/25/2018

What are you waiting for? Stop by our booth to take a 2-minute survey on #Resilience, #CommunityFinance or #Infrastructure @ICMAevents!! You could win a $50 #Amazon #giftcard! @ICMA #ICMA18

09/25/2018

There's still time to stop by our booth to take a 2-minute survey on #Resilience, #CommunityFinance or #Infrastructure @ICMAevents!! You could win a $40 #Amazon #giftcard! @ICMA

09/24/2018

Are you at @ICMAevents? We are too! Stop by our booth to take a 2-minute survey on #Resilience, #CommunityFinance or #Infrastructure and you could win a $40 #Amazon #giftcard! @ICMA

The damage assessment portion of #disaster #recovery identifies the full extent of the damage to each individual structu...
09/24/2018

The damage assessment portion of #disaster #recovery identifies the full extent of the damage to each individual structure and provides a detailed scope of the work.
http://bit.ly/2NB5u60

Debris removal is a critical and often intensive task following a natural disaster.  Localities with a debris management...
09/20/2018

Debris removal is a critical and often intensive task following a natural disaster. Localities with a debris management plan in place can make this difficult task easier and help ensure reimbursement funding. http://bit.ly/2pnKml9

09/19/2018
Tips for Managing Donations | IBTS OnHAND

“It will make a world of difference if you remember to ask them to bring donations in already organized on the truck.” Follow our best practices for managing donations.
http://bit.ly/2OCTy0b (tips)
http://bit.ly/2OBOfhv (story)

In August 2016, over seven trillion gallons of rain fell over the course of 48-hours in the city of Central, Louisiana, swallowing the city and much of southern Louisiana. Donations started pouring into Central almost immediately after shelters opened, far exceeding the city’s expectations and don...

Don't let unvetted volunteers become a liability. Create an application form to gather volunteer contact information, in...
09/18/2018

Don't let unvetted volunteers become a liability. Create an application form to gather volunteer contact information, including license information, availability and skillsets, and follow our best practices on volunteer credentialing:
http://bit.ly/2NRpgtg

09/18/2018
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Don't forget to monitor your debris management sites. Applicants for FEMA funding need documentation demonstrating that contractor debris removal and disposal activities were monitored. Find tips for managing the debris management process here http://bit.ly/2QFS5r2

The goal immediately after disaster is to kick-start operations of volunteer organizations and affiliated volunteers, wh...
09/17/2018

The goal immediately after disaster is to kick-start operations of volunteer organizations and affiliated volunteers, while preventing community members from self-dispatching. Follow our best practices for communicating with volunteers.
http://bit.ly/2MHrZkv

"People go to FEMA and the Red Cross for help, but they are big agencies with tons of rules and paperwork. An agency lik...
09/17/2018
Experiences Gained: Use small, local non-profit organizations to provide more immediate housing assistance | IBTS OnHAND

"People go to FEMA and the Red Cross for help, but they are big agencies with tons of rules and paperwork. An agency like us will just tell someone to find a hotel and we’ll pay the bill." Learn from local government officials in Oso and Snohomish County
http://bit.ly/2xptuxY

On March 22, 2014, groundwater saturation triggered a 4,400-foot-wide landslide near the town of Oso, Washington. Considered the largest and most destructive landslide in U.S. history, the event caused 43 fatalities, swallowed 49 homes and shut-down a portion of State Route 530 – giving the catast...

Make sure your community will recover your Hurricane Florence staffing costs. Follow our tips for managing payroll in a ...
09/16/2018

Make sure your community will recover your Hurricane Florence staffing costs. Follow our tips for managing payroll in a disaster.
http://bit.ly/2pcxgr1

Local governments: Ken Parker, retired city manager of Port Orange, Fla., shares his advice for on working with EMS prof...
09/15/2018

Local governments: Ken Parker, retired city manager of Port Orange, Fla., shares his advice for on working with EMS professionals before and during #disasters.
http://bit.ly/2QEebKO

“If we had only done simple things like kept our computers off the ground we would’ve been so much better off.” He...
09/15/2018

“If we had only done simple things like kept our computers off the ground we would’ve been so much better off.” Help your community with Lessons Learned from the City of Central, La., in the 2016 floods.
http://bit.ly/2p9yC5D

09/14/2018
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During #HurricaneFlorence use these tips to improve your community's communication & coordination efforts with your local and state agencies.
http://bit.ly/2Mwoj54

Using social media to send alerts to your citizens during Hurricane Florence? Follow these best practices.http://bit.ly/...
09/14/2018
Tips: Best Practices for Using Social Media During Natural Disasters | IBTS OnHAND

Using social media to send alerts to your citizens during Hurricane Florence? Follow these best practices.
http://bit.ly/2MvHxaL

  Social media is typically the most immediate way to reach large numbers of constituents at one time — Public Information Officers (PIOs) and emergency managers can post messages from the field as the situation unfolds, or direct staff at the to quickly send out messages via Twitter, Facebook, S...

Establishing strategies for evacuation and local emergency shelter is an essential component of comprehensive resilience...
09/13/2018

Establishing strategies for evacuation and local emergency shelter is an essential component of comprehensive resilience planning to ensure the safety of your community in the event of a disaster. http://bit.ly/2p3wgFt

Hurricane Florence is rapidly heading toward the Carolina coastline. IBTS’s natural disaster experts have compiled the...
09/12/2018
Hurricane Florence - What to Do Before and After a Disaster | IBTS OnHAND

Hurricane Florence is rapidly heading toward the Carolina coastline. IBTS’s natural disaster experts have compiled the following list of crucial recommendations to help your local government communicate and operate immediately before and during a disaster, and to ensure that you are able to get FEMA funding following a disaster if you are in a Presidentially declared disaster area.

https://ibtsonhand.org/2018/09/12/hurricane-florence-what-to-do-before-and-after-a-disaster/

As Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall on the coast of the Carolinas, IBTS’s team of natural disaster response and recovery experts have prepared the following short list of our most important OnHAND recommendations to help your local government operate effectively immediately before and ...

With #HurricaneFlorence fast approaching, now is the time to ensure your #disasterresponse is primed and ready. https://...
09/12/2018

With #HurricaneFlorence fast approaching, now is the time to ensure your #disasterresponse is primed and ready. https://ibtsonhand.org/during/

Solar Power International is coming soon! Don’t miss your chance to meet and learn from these experts.Richard Lawrence...
09/11/2018
Solar Power International - SPI 2018 | Largest Solar and Storage Event | SPI 18

Solar Power International is coming soon! Don’t miss your chance to meet and learn from these experts.

Richard Lawrence | Program Director, Energy, Sustainability, & Resilience
SEIA Installation Best Practices – Residential Portfolios
9/26 - 10:00 AM
Installer Training: Booth 1486

Rudy Saporite | Senior Program Manager, Energy Services
Best Practices in Quality Management Processes
9/27 - 9:00 AM
Installer Training Theater

Cosimina Panetti CEM, LEED AP | Deputy Program Director
One-on-one discussion in booth #1381

SEIA Quality Assurance Working Group Meeting

9/25 - 9:00
#training #architecture #energy #sustainability #engineering #renewableenergy #electricity #qualitymanagement #buildingcodes #energycodes https://www.solarpowerinternational.com/

Solar Power International - SPI - is North America's largest solar event. Energy Storage International - ESI - is North America's largest storage event, both are part of North America Smart Energy week, the premier gathering of energy professionals in the world.

What did we do with our summer, you ask? Find out in Rising to a Post-Disaster Challenge: Volunteers engaged by ICMA and...
09/06/2018
Rising to a Post-Disaster Challenge

What did we do with our summer, you ask? Find out in Rising to a Post-Disaster Challenge: Volunteers engaged by ICMA and IBTS completed a challenging municipal assessment project in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. https://icma.org/articles/article/rising-post-disaster-challenge #probono #emergencymanagement #localgovernment #hurricane #volunteering #municipalities #PuertoRico

Volunteers engaged by ICMA and IBTS completed a challenging municipal assessment project in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Experiences Gained: Managing Donations and Volunteers in Central Louisiana. During disaster planning, designate staff me...
08/31/2018
Experiences Gained: Managing Donations and Volunteers in Central, Louisiana | IBTS OnHAND

Experiences Gained: Managing Donations and Volunteers in Central Louisiana. During disaster planning, designate staff members to take on the role of coordinating and managing donations. #FloodFriday #NaturalDisaster https://ibtsonhand.org/resource/experiences-gained-managing-donations-volunteers-central-louisiana/

Although always a welcome site initially, donations in the aftermath of a natural disaster can quickly become an additional burden. Without a donation management and staffing plan, localities often find themselves amidst a “second disaster” as truckloads of materials pile up at unorganized donat...

Being prepared to address public health concerns during a natural disaster is critical to ensuring the safety of citizen...
08/30/2018
Presentation: Strengthening Counties’ Resilience by Addressing the Public Health Impacts of Natural Disasters | IBTS OnHAND

Being prepared to address public health concerns during a natural disaster is critical to ensuring the safety of citizens.Before a disaster hits, county officials should meet with county and local response partners to develop trust and determine all available resources. #ResilientCounties @NACo https://ibtsonhand.org/resource/webinar-strengthening-counties-resilience-by-addressing-the-public-health-impacts-of-natural-disasters/

Recognizing that counties need to be prepared for public health needs before, during and after natural disasters strike, this session focused on strategies for creating a resilient county public health system. County elected officials must work with health and emergency management departments to pre...

IBTS is currently seeking candidates for a Planner to serve the City of Guymon, OK. The role will perform planning for t...
08/24/2018
Planner

IBTS is currently seeking candidates for a Planner to serve the City of Guymon, OK. The role will perform planning for the community within the building services department. Apply for this position now! http://bit.ly/2LoRl66

Bring your passion, expertise, and experience to IBTS, where we appreciate and are committed to our employees. We offer outstanding benefits, growth opportunities and work hard to maintain a culture that values our employees. The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c) (3) no...

08/21/2018
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IBTS’s Director of Federal and State Program, Christine Tsai, accepts a leadership position for the SAME Northern Virginia Post. http://bit.ly/2nVzWsp

08/20/2018
Commercial Building Inspector

IBTS is currently accepting applications for Commercial Building Inspectors to work on the Washington DC Metrorail expansion into Northern Virginia. Apply for this position today! http://bit.ly/2BAgL0C

Bring your passion, expertise, and experience to IBTS, where we appreciate and are committed to our employees. We offer outstanding benefits, growth opportunities and work hard to maintain a culture that values our employees. The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c) (3) no...

The Florida League of Cities Annual Conference is in full swing! Stop by the IBTS booth to learn how CDBG-DR funds can h...
08/17/2018

The Florida League of Cities Annual Conference is in full swing! Stop by the IBTS booth to learn how CDBG-DR funds can help your community! #FLCities2018

"To truly be a resilient community you can't just pay attention to one leg of the stool. You really have to look at all ...
08/16/2018
The Policy Trifecta Resilient Communities Are Built On

"To truly be a resilient community you can't just pay attention to one leg of the stool. You really have to look at all three," according to Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. http://bit.ly/2nP17Fj

“To truly be a resilient community you can't just pay attention to one leg of the stool. You really have to look at all three,” according to Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.

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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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