The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) helps build stronger communities by partnering with state and local government to strengthen building departments, support local economic development, respond to and recover from natural disasters, and provide technical assistance and advice in the building environment.
IBTS has served as an advisor and resource to communities hard hit by disasters including offering informal briefing sessions. Most recently, IBTS provided the first briefing on FEMA regulations to not-for-profit and community leaders in hurricane ravaged Galveston.
IBTS is also committed to career development in the building and trades industries by exploring partnerships with communities colleges to create career paths and longer term opportunities for individuals with basic trades skills.
Lastly, IBTS has frequently provides extra training as part of its contract work to provide job opportunities for local residents. For example, IBTS trained residents of public housing projects in the District of Columbia on how to carry out future inspections.
IBTS combines private sector efficiency with governmental accountability. It has a staff of more than 100 engineers, architects, technicians and administrators with a broad range of experience and certifications in the building, energy and technology environments.
IBTS supports state and local government through direct service contracts and training and capacity building. Its mission in every project is to solve the problem, meet the immediate needs and increase the capacity of the government to do the job better itself.
Since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, IBTS has worked closely with the state of Louisiana and 20 parishes and towns to implement a new statewide building code designed to reduce damage in future hurricanes. On the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal issued a proclamation establishing the first Public Safety through Code Compliance Week, recognizing IBTS for its work to "build a stronger and safer Louisiana."