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Residential Structural Retrofit Program – A Collaborative Opportunity –. California Earthquake Authority July 2010. Challenge. California is home to 65% of the nation’s earthquake risk The majority of Californians live within 20 miles of a major fault

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residential structural retrofit program a collaborative opportunity
Residential Structural Retrofit Program – A Collaborative Opportunity –

California Earthquake Authority

July 2010

challenge
Challenge
  • California is home to 65% of the nation’s earthquake risk
  • The majority of Californians live within 20 miles of a major fault
  • USGS is forecasting a 99% chance for a major earthquake (M6.7) within next 30 years
  • About 1.5 million houses were built in California before 1960 when (some) jurisdictions began to require adequately braced walls and bolted foundations
local efforts to date
Local efforts to-date...
  • Few jurisdictions have succeeded in positioning residential structural retrofit programs in their building departments
  • Building codes that cover residential structural retrofitting (where available) differ across active programs
  • Local programs are not positioned to succeed statewide
solution
Solution
  • The CEA is a publicly managed, yet privately funded statewide organization that provides residential earthquake insurance and mitigation programs
  • By law, the CEA sets aside 5 percent of its annual investment income up to $5 million for mitigation
  • Total CEA funds available for statewide mitigation currently exceed $20 million
  • The high number of houses built before 1960, combined with the leveraged value of post-disaster benefits from each mitigation dollar, has led the CEA recently to tighten its focus on residential structural retrofitting
hosting scoping sessions
Hosting scoping sessions
  • Collected input in Sacramento (discussion facilitated by former FEMA Director James Lee Witt), Los Angeles and Oakland
  • Requested guidance in defining, advancing and sustaining a common sense approach to a first-ever statewide residential structural retrofitting program
  • Heard from structural engineers; building officials; residential retrofitting contractors; earth scientists; trade associations; as well as local, state and federal government officials
scoping session input
Scoping session input…
  • Provide financial incentives to help offset consumers’ structural retrofitting costs
  • Align programming with (local) building codes and standardized plan sets
  • Emphasize contractor training
  • Implement effective marketing to engage consumer participation
  • Be sustainable into the future
incorporating state hazard mitigation plan
Incorporating State Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • CEA mitigation programming successfully incorporated into 2010 State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP)
  • SHMP is official statement of state’s hazard identification, vulnerability analysis and hazard mitigation strategy
  • SHMP is the result of a collaborative, multi-agency planning process with multiple opportunities for public participation
  • CEA incorporation in the SHMP likely will qualify its residential structural retrofitting program for additional federal assistance funds
adopting statewide building code
Adopting statewide building code
  • Without a statewide building code for residential structural retrofitting, just a few jurisdictions in California previously inspected and approved these projects
  • Statewide standardized plan set not feasible due to variations in regional requirements
  • CEA strategized with state departments / commissions to address challenges
  • CEA garnered a gubernatorial Finding of Emergency to fast-track adoption of first-ever California Building Code for residential structural retrofitting
  • California Department of Housing and Community Development is managing code-adoption process
  • California Seismic Safety Commission co-funded the code-adoption process
  • California Building Standards Commission will adopt code on August 16, 2010
issuing industry partner rfq
Issuing industry partner RFQ
  • Seeking a program partner to co-administer financial incentives and contractor training; released RFQ July 1, 2010
  • Future partner currently must:
    • Oversee and existing home-building constituency
    • Be savvy on related building codes
    • Operate within statewide infrastructure
    • Demonstrate awareness for residential structural retrofitting needs
    • Have experiences with consumer incentives and contractor training
forming joint powers authority
Forming Joint Powers Authority
  • Working with the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) to form a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to oversee a “California Earthquake Loss Mitigation Authority”
  • JPA designed to manage residential structural retrofitting program and related activities
    • Creates legal entity separate from its members
    • Separates JPA’S debts, liabilities, obligations from members
    • Allows contracting with private-sector firms to do JPA’s work
  • Seeking CEA Governing Board approval on August 26, 2010
delivering sustainable funding
Delivering sustainable funding
  • Funding currently available ($20 million) would enable the CEA to offer ($1,000) financial incentives to seismically retrofit 20,000 of the approximately 1.5 million houses especially vulnerable to structural earthquake damage – reaching just over 1 percent of the houses built before sufficient (local) building codes were in place
  • The CEA’s $20 million pre-disaster investment to help finance the “bracing and bolting” of single-family houses (averaging $3,000 to $5,000 per house) will generate an estimated $60 million to $100 million in near-term economic activity
  • The CEA’s $20 million investment in pre-disaster dollars will leverage a minimum of $80 million in post-disaster benefits
  • Under existing law, the CEA Governing Board will continue to set aside up to $5 million of the CEA’s investment income annually – enough to structurally retrofit an additional 5,000 single-family houses
how the national mitigation collaborative alliance can help
How the National Mitigation Collaborative Alliance can help
  • Guide the CEA’s mitigation programming results into a national repository
    • Vulnerable housing inventories
    • Residential building code challenges / opportunities
  • Educate the CEA about related programs
    • Consumer incentives and contractor training
    • Building inspectors
    • Federal assistance