Mission: Feel Safe Inside!
Vision: Eliminate In-Building "Wireless Dead Zones" 

The Safer Buildings Coalition is the only advocacy group and resource for everything related to solving for In-Building Wireless "Dead Zones".

Our Scope includes all In-Building Technologies: 
Commercial Cellular (LTE / 5G) • LMR (Land Mobile Radio) •
Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement Systems (ERCES) •
Private LTE • Future Technologies.

 3 Pillars Of In-Building Public Safety Communications: 

    • Mobile 911 Calls Must Get Out with Location Accuracy
    • Mobile Mass Notifications Must Get In
    • First Responder Communications Must Work  

The Safer Buildings Coalition is a 501(c)4 non-profit Association  

  • There are over 6.2 million commercial buildings in the U.S
  • First Responders need to be able to talk inside, communicate to each other inside, and communicate outside
  • Building Occupants need to be able text and call 911 from inside those buildings and receive mass notifications wherever they may be inside the building 
  • Response Time is Critical: The FCC estimates that an improvement of one minute for 9-1-1 response time would save 10,000 lives in the US annually
  • A Survey of the International Association of Fire Chiefs reports that in a large percentage of buildings, critical communication can't happen."

The Safer Buildings Coalition is an independent, not for profit organization providing thought leadership and education focused on advancing policies, ideas, and technologies that ensure effective in-building wireless communication capabilities for public safety personnel and the communities they serve.

“In-building communications solutions are vital to providing solutions that enable public safety first responders the ability to communicate when responding to an emergency incident inside buildings, tunnels and other structures that restrict communications,” states Alan Perdue, Executive Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition. “Therefore, it is imperative that all materials, products and installation methods utilized to enhance public safety in-building communications meet current model codes and standards.”

Has the SBC Mission Changed?

Read this Recent Article that talks more about the SBC Mission and our Approach.

The Safer Buildings Coalition leads in:

Training and Education on Public Safety Communications -  In-building Public Safety wireless communication is a critical challenge today.  The Safer Buildings Coalition provides a rich and extensive program of in-person and on-line education for Code Officials, First Responders, Enterprise, and the Wireless Industry

Advocacy -  The Safer Buildings Coalition is active at the Federal, State and Local level, working with agencies and organizations like the FCC, FirstNet, DHS, APCO, TIA, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the NFPA and ICC, and others to advocate for public policy and Public Private Partnerships that contribute towards achieving the SBC mission of making buildings safer through technology

Industry Advancement - The Safer Buildings Coalition  believes that a well-informed, highly competent and robust technical industry is required to provide quality goods and services that enable safer buildings. We are committed to standards, practices, policies and codes that are technically rational and commercially feasible that achieve the Safer Buildings Coalition Mission. 

Fire Code Development - We are working with stakeholders to propose changes to model fire codes produced by the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) related to Public Safety communication within buildings.  Code development is a continuous process in both model codes/standards organizations (the ICC and NFPA).   SBC will continue to be at the table to review and submit code change proposals in both arenas to ensure continuous improvement and technical relevance for all stakeholders involved with in- building emergency communications solutions. The adoption of new codes is a lengthy process, but the Public Safety communication problem exists today and is growing.  While the code cycle runs its course, Safer Buildings is working with its members to develop model ordinances that Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) may put in place now to be consistent with proposed new codes, and to help our Public Safety communications now.