Terrorism Protection by Design ~ “Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act”

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A Part of the Homeland Security Act – Public Law 107-296

Imagine, for a horrible moment, a terrorist attack on one of your projects. Before the dust settles, litigation would ensue. Now, imagine litigation goes to Federal Court; where the judge excuses the building owner, architect, design team, builder and subs. For the first time ever, HLS can extend SAFETY Act to the AEC teams.

The SAFETY Act is a little known and often misunderstood piece of legislation that can protect your firm from the liability they could face following a terrorist event.  This liability can come from an attack on your project.

  • Bigger Project = Bigger Liability
  • Larger Company = Larger Target

Halpert Life Safety Firestop Protocol is the first, and only SAFETY Act protection with implications for the life of the building. Also, it’s the first to have direct implications on the AEC team, while also protecting the building owner.

Organizations like NFL, MLB, Port Authority of NY & NJ are looking for ways to include SAFETY Act in their buildings and the SFPE Engineering Guide for Very Tall Buildings has recognized that SAFETY Act should be considered by developers of projects where terrorism could be a threat.

This is because SAFETY Act provide a unique protection in the event of a terrorist attack. There have been discussion that the HLS-FS Protocol may offer unique support in any legal case involving a fire, because it can easily be proven that the team took every precaution to ensure the building was designed & built to the required standards. This HLS FS Protocol may be support in litigation related to any fire scenario.

If you have any questions about how this can support a project you are working on, please reach out to Sharron.

Industry insiders say the consequences for a company not applying SAFETY Act protection, when it could have otherwise qualified for this protection, could be severe; both financially and legally. Ramifications can also extend beyond the company to also implicate owners, offices and directors.