Safer Buildings Coalition
The Safer Buildings Coalition is an independent, not for profit organization providing thought leadership and education focused on advancing policies, ideas, and technologies that ensure effective in-building communications capabilities for public safety personnel and the people they serve.
“In-building communications system installations are vital to providing solutions that enable public safety first responders the ability to communicate when responding to an emergency incident inside buildings, tunnels and other structures that restrict communications,” states Alan Perdue, Executive Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition. “Therefore, it is imperative that all materials, products and installation methods utilized to enhance public safety in-building communications meet current model codes and standards.”
The Safer Buildings Coalition leads in:
Training and Education on Public Safety Communications - In-building Public Safety wireless communication is a critical challenge today. The Safer Buildings Coalition provides a rich and extensive program of in-person and on-line education for Code Officials, First Responders, Enterprise, and the Wireless Industry
The Safer Buildings Coalition is active at the Federal, State and Local level, working with agencies and organizations like the FCC, FirstNet, DHS, APCO, TIA, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the NFPA and ICC, and others to advocate for public policy and Public Private Partnerships that contribute towards achieving the SBC mission of making buildings safer through technology
Industry Advancement -
The Safer Buildings Coalition believes that a well-informed, highly competent and robust technical industry is required to provide quality goods and services that enable safer buildings. We are committed to standards, practices, policies and codes that are technically rational and commercially feasible that achieve the Safer Buildings Coalition Mission.
Fire Code Development -
We are working with stakeholders to propose changes to model fire codes produced by the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) related to Public Safety communication within buildings. Code development is a continuous process in both model codes/standards organizations (the ICC and NFPA). SBC will continue to be at the table to review and submit code change proposals in both arenas to ensure continuous improvement and technical relevance for all stakeholders involved with in- building emergency communications solutions. The adoption of new codes is a lengthy process, but the Public Safety communication problem exists today and is growing. While the code cycle runs its course, Safer Buildings is working with its members to develop model ordinances that Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) may put in place now to be consistent with proposed new codes, and to help our Public Safety communications now.