Facility owners and managers are constantly seeking better ways to evaluate and improve the security of their properties to create a safer environment for the general public. In an effort to help meet that need, the Building Security Council (BSC) has released its Promoting Logical Unified Security (PLUSSM) rating program for public use.
The PLUS rating program provides an independent evaluation of a facility’s level of protection against a range of security threats. It uses a multi-disciplinary approach that addresses architectural and engineering features, landscape characteristics, operations and maintenance procedures, and security controls. This is the first and only program to use a rigorous, quantified methodology to evaluate building security.
BSC’s PLUS program is a system that owners and managers can use to determine building security needs. Going beyond simply evaluating existing security measures, PLUS also provides a set of clear and individualized guidelines to enhance each particular facility’s security.
“We are very excited about having the PLUS program available for use by building owners and managers” said Marty Denholm, BSC president. “The program has now been thoroughly tested and the modifications made along the way will improve the system by making it more comprehensive, as well as easier to understand and use. This will provide building owners with more information to make better decisions about the security of their facilities.”
The PLUS rating program received Designation as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002. Better known as the SAFETY Act, this legislation promotes the development of effective anti-terrorism products and services by protecting sellers from liability should an act of terrorism occur where a QATT has been deployed.
Established in November 2005, the Building Security Council administers and maintains a building security rating system and a professional certification program to enable building owners to evaluate and improve the security of their facilities.