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Phoenix Participates in Building Safety MonthPhoenix Participates in Building Safety Month<div class="ExternalClass53B6F3E36A634B628BD700901C1C41F1"><p>To help raise awareness of building safety, the city's Planning & Development Department proudly celebrates Building Safety Month during May.  Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings. </p><p>"When our building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance they help to ensure the places where you live, learn, work, worship and play are safe," said Alan Stephenson, director, Planning & Development.  "We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, roofers and other construction industry trades to provide maximum public safety."</p><p>This year's theme is Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes.  Weekly themes during Building Safety Month are: </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>May 4-10, Don't Get Burned–Build to Code; </li><li>May 11-17, Bounce Back Faster from Disaster–Build to Code; </li><li>May 18-24, Water Safe, Water Smart–Build to Code; and </li><li>May 25-31 $ave Energy–Build to Code.</li></ul><p>The department will feature photos and information about recent projects that will be on display in the atrium of Phoenix City Hall from May 4 to 17.  Staff also will host an informational table in the atrium and distribute educational materials throughout the entire month.  The department will highlight projects, tips and photos on their social media sites: <a href="https://facebook.com/phoenixplananddev">facebook.com/phoenixplananddev</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/BuildingPHX">@BuildingPHX</a>.  </p><p>Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Regardless of the department code officials work in—building, fire, planning or elsewhere—they work hard every day to provide public safety by ensuring buildings are constructed safely. Because resilient structures minimize the risk of property damage, property owners may pay lower insurance costs and millions of taxpayer dollars can be saved when rebuilding from natural disasters. </p><p>Based on building science, technical knowledge and past experiences, model building codes provide protection from man-made and natural disasters, guarding public health and reducing property losses. The codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency. </p><p>For more information about the Planning & Development Department, visit <a href="https://phoenix.gov/pdd">phoenix.gov/pdd</a>.     </p></div>4/16/2015 5:00:00 PMStephanie Romero, 602-510-3581