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FM Global Publishes Comprehensive Index of Countries’ Building Codes; Helps Companies Discover Worldwide Rules and Risk

LONDON, UK — FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers, today provided companies with valuable new insight into the world’s regulatory landscape, publishing the first-ever, most comprehensive index of many of the world’s building codes.

The 2015 FM Global Country Building Codes Index is a PDF document available at no charge and is produced in cooperation with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). It serves as a companion to the newly updated FM Global Resilience Index, which is the definitive ranking of the supply chain resilience of 130 countries and territories.

The FM Global Country Building Codes Index, to be updated annually, is designed to help companies that are building or retrofitting facilities to quickly and easily discover the most up-to-date country building codes in their target regions and gain new context around construction and fire risk. For example, a company designing 15 new distribution centres around the world can use the index to understand differing national guidelines and make informed construction decisions accordingly.

“Until now, there’s been no unified index of building codes,” said Paris Stavrianidis, vice president and manager of FM Approvals and international codes and standards. “This is a step forward to bring together the codes we know of in one place, including previously hard-to-find information. It also provides helpful confirmation that a few countries have no known national building code. We welcome input on the index in our efforts to keep it updated and hope it will be a useful reference as our clients consider where to extend their businesses or how to upgrade their existing facilities.”

“Building codes vary dramatically around the world,” said Donald Bliss, vice president of field operations for NFPA. “Some countries have strict codes, while others have none. Some codes are grounded in engineering research while others are perceived as more arbitrary. The FM Global Country Building Codes Index makes it easy to examine the building codes in countries throughout the world – the same ones ranked in the FM Global Resilience Index – to support far-reaching business decisions.”

About FM Global

Marking 180 years in business, FM Global (www.fmglobal.co.uk) is a US$5.6 billion mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. FM Global works with many of the world’s largest organisations to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk. In 2015, Global Finance Magazine named FM Global the ‘World’s Best Supply Chain Insurance Provider.’ In the United Kingdom, FM Global is the communicative name for FM Insurance Company Limited.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organisation founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.