President Obama signed an executive order that creates a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard requiring new, leased and regulated federal buildings to meet seismic safety provisions outlined in the International Building Code and the International Residential Code. Under the order, agencies that design, construct, renovate or lease a building for federal occupancy must ensure that the building complies with the codes’ earthquake-resistant design and construction standards.

In addition, agencies that own an existing federal building are directed to adopt the Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned and Leased Buildings as the minimum level acceptable for managing the earthquake risks in that building.