This year’s Building Safety Month will stress the importance of building codes.

Officials with the International Code Council announced the theme,“Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and Safety,” which will be used during May’s festivities.

"For the last 36 years, Building Safety Month has celebrated advances in constructing safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures," said council board President Alex Olszowy III, with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government in Lexington, Kentucky. "Building to modern codes and standards provides important safety and economic benefits to communities, their businesses, schools, churches, and homes, and the people who occupy them."

The code council’s 57,000 members, along with other professionals in the construction and design community, will conduct school assemblies, provide information at builder supply stores, and take part in ceremonies to increase awareness about the importance of modern codes and standards.