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Volunteer and Save: Students Needed to Assist at Building Innovation 2019

News & Press - December 11, 2018 - 11:11am

Students interested in attending  Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., already receive a discounted price on registration. However, there?s a chance to attend the Conference for FREE as a volunteer.

This is the perfect opportunity for students interested in building industry-related careers to expand their construction knowledge and interact with some of the industry?s leading experts.

For four impactful days, Building Innovation 2019 is set to deliver an engaging program that will focus on Optimizing for Tomorrow. Plan to be there where Science meets Design? when industry professionals involved in planning, designing, procuring, constructing, operating, maintaining and retiring physical facilities will come together to develop solutions for the built environment.

In addition to taking advantage of educational sessions, volunteers can hear from industry leaders during keynote addresses; network with industry colleagues during social events; view the latest in industry products and services on the Exhibit Hall floor; gain inspiration from industry pioneers honored during two award ceremonies and sit in on working Council and Committee meetings to witness the Institute in action.

Conference sessions include:

Day Two: Tuesday, January 8

  • Resilience: Learning from the Past, Adapting to the Future
  • Intelligent Tools and Technologies: Micro to Macro
  • Building Enclosure from Top to Bottom
  • A Building's Umbrella: Keeping Water at Bay
  • Rural Studio?s 20K Initiative and the Total Cost of Affordable Housing
  • Managing Facilities and Assets
  • Science Fiction or Construction Reality?
  • The Past and Future of the Building Enclosure
  • The Steps Behind Building Resilience

Day Three: Wednesday, January 9

  • Working Smarter: Metrics for Project Delivery
  • The Old and New: Two Envelope Case Studies
  • Creating a Family-Centered Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Views from Above: Energy Storage, Tall-Wood Buildings and Roof-Top Solar
  • Through Wind and Flood
  • Information Management and Exchange: From Vision to Implementation
  • From Data to Practice: An Evidence-Based Framework for Occupant Health
  • Performance Metrics for Affordability and Energy Efficiency
  • Construction, Commissioning and Collaboration: Optimizing the Process

Volunteers also are welcome to attend Monday to get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast and the Wednesday FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast and Plenary Keynote Luncheon. During the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch and Exhibitors? Reception, attendees will see the latest industry technologies as exhibitors present in the Exhibit Hall. The Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green? Awards during the Institute?s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet.

The student volunteers will serve as room monitors, scan badges and assist with other duties as needed. For their two-day time commitment (Tuesday and Wednesday), volunteers receive a full conference registration, including lunches, and will be provided time to attend sessions and keynote addresses.

Students interested in volunteering should email their name, university, major, professor and contact information to Gretchen Hesbacher at ghesbacher@nibs.org, subject line: ?I want to volunteer.? Volunteer requests are due no later than Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Please note, travel expenses and hotel accommodations are not included. If you need a hotel room, be sure to take advantage of our room block and the discounted rate at the Mandarin Oriental, which is providing a special conference rate of $175. Mention the "Building Innovation Conference & Expo" when making your reservations. Reserve your room by the extended deadline, Friday, December 14, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. ET, to secure this rate and availability. Make your reservation online or call (202) 787-6140.

Due to the time constraints, international students requiring a VISA will not be considered.

Not a student, but still interested in volunteering? Submit an email. Decisions will be made on an individual basis.

View a full list of activities being held at Building Innovation 2019.

Attend Building Innovation 2019; Stay for the BECx Workshop

News & Press - December 6, 2018 - 9:38am

Two New Commissioning Modules to Be Presented

Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, January 7-10, 2019, has a compelling schedule of educational sessions, including a number of building enclosure design presentations. Building enclosure professionals who attend the Conference will want to take part in the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) meeting Monday, the sessions on building enclosure design Tuesday and Wednesday, then stay for the building enclosure commissioning (BECx) Workshop Thursday, January 10, all at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

BETEC began developing a building enclosure commissioning (BECx) certification training program in 2015. Following three days of Conference events and education sessions, BETEC will host the latest two BECx Certificate Course Modules at the Thursday BECx Workshop. The new BECx Modules include the BECx Standards and Process Module and the BECx Lab Testing Module.

The Institute has long maintained that BECx is an important pathway to achieving high-performance buildings. The BECx training program is intended to help bring the building industry up to speed on enforced codes and rating systems and prepare professionals for taking the ASTM International exam for certification. Subject matter experts William Babbington, AIA, PE, Studio NYL; Andrea Delguidice, PE, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates; and Brian Neely, AIA, Gale Associates, will present the two new modules, which are based on source material developed by the late building enclosure expert Wagdy Anis, FAIA.

BECx Standards and Process
Thursday, January 10, 8:00 am ? 10:00 am
This module will provide an introduction to the BECx process and requirements outlined in the following documents: ASTM E2813: Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (the standard upon which this course is based); ASTM E2947: Standard Guide for Building Enclosure Commissioning; LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction; and the International Green Building Code. NIBS Guideline 3-2012: Building Enclosure Commissioning Process will also be discussed as it relates to ASTM E2947 and LEED v4. The program will include an overview of the requirements for the BECx process in each of these documents; discussion of potential challenges, as well as opportunities for implementing BECx within each of these standards.

BECx Lab Testing
Thursday, January 10, 10:15 am ? 12:15 pm
This module will introduce laboratory test standards and manufacturer testing that is used to set performance standards in project specifications. The process and requirements for project laboratory mock-up tests, including for structural, air leakage and water penetration, etc., will be reviewed.  The program will explain the methodologies and rationales for specific tests required by ASTM International, National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). The presentation will cover manufacturer testing and performance laboratory mock-up testing, as well as specific protocols for testing.

With these two new modules, five modules are now complete as part of the full course. The first three modules of the planned 16-hour course were previewed earlier this year at the fifth BEST Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference (BEST5) in April. Participants will be able to earn an ASTM/NIBS BECx certificate by successfully passing an exam after completing all of the modules.

Come for Building Innovation 2019 to hear from building enclosure design professionals and other leading industry experts on a wide variety of topics focused on Optimizing for Tomorrow. Then stay for the BECx Workshops to continue the learning. Or choose to attend just the Workshops for only $75 each. Online registration ends December 31, 2018. See the full schedule of events. Register today!

Building Innovation 2019 Plenary Keynote to Highlight AGU Net-Zero Energy Renovation

News & Press - November 29, 2018 - 10:10am

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will complete the first-ever net-zero energy renovation of an existing commercial building in the District of Columbia in 2019, AGU?s Centennial. Janice Lachance, Esq., FASAE, AGU?s Executive Vice President, Strategic and Organizational Excellence, will provide an overview of the project as Keynote Speaker at the Plenary Luncheon, to be held 12:00 ? 1:30 pm, Wednesday, January 9, during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, in Washington, D.C.

Speaking to the Conference theme of Optimizing for Tomorrow, Lachance will explain how, by living its mission of science for the benefit of humanity, AGU made the decision to renovate its existing 62,000-square-foot headquarters building to be a showcase for real-world scientific advancement through innovative, sustainable technology.

AGU is an international society of Earth and space scientists dedicated to advancing science and ensuring a sustainable future. Recognizing that the aging building and infrastructure would require a major renovation after 20 years of service, AGU seized upon an opportunity to lead by example. In addition to creating a welcoming and collaborative space for its members, staff and the D.C. community that would facilitate the understanding of Earth and space science, the organization chose to design and engineer the modernization of the building to meet net-zero energy goals.

The project goes well beyond net-zero energy usage to create a culture of reuse and recycling by implementing other sustainability elements, including reclaiming stormwater to produce all the water needed for flushing low-flow toilets and on-site irrigation, reusing unique architectural elements, repurposing existing building materials, and the offsite recycling of demolition and construction debris. This commitment resulted in more than 5,000 used bricks being cleaned and reused to complete the building?s envelope and the terrazzo flooring and conference table surface being composed of old windows, broken bricks, sinks and toilets.

Lachance brings an extensive record of executive leadership accomplishments and board service in professional membership societies and government organizations to AGU, where her portfolio includes: AGU?s Centennial, International Programs, Finance, Human Resources, Information Services, the Executive Office, Governance and Leadership Development, the Project Management Office, and Affiliation and Engagement. In addition, she manages the building renovation.

Prior to her work in the not-for-profit sector, Lachance was nominated by President William Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Cabinet-ranked Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government?s independent human resources agency responsible for all policy and programs affecting the 2.1 million members of the nation?s civil service.

A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Lachance is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, member of the Board of Directors of the Wise Giving Alliance and Past President of the American Society for Public Administration.

In addition to Lachance?s plenary keynote, Building Innovation 2019 will include 18 educational sessions featuring 38 presentations by 60 expert speakers. The National Institute of Building Sciences is an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Provider and an International Code Council Preferred Education Provider. 

On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast and the Wednesday FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast. During the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch and Exhibitors? Reception, attendees will see the latest industry technologies as exhibitors present in the Exhibit Hall. The Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green? Awards during the Institute?s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet.

View the full schedule of Building Innovation 2019 events.

Choose to join us for the Plenary Keynote Luncheon or for the full Conference. Online registration closes December 31, 2018. Save as much as $250 off onsite registration. Register now and save!

Secure your hotel room at the five-star Mandarin Oriental before it's too late. The Conference hotel, located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., provides a special discounted rate to Building Innovation 2019 attendees. Reserve your room for $175 before the deadline Friday, December 7, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Make your reservations online or call (202) 787-6140 and mention "Building Innovation Conference & Expo."

Learn more about the AGU renovation.

Building Innovation 2019 Opening Keynote to Talk about Resilience in NYC

News & Press - November 28, 2018 - 9:25am

Eric Wilson, Deputy Director at the New York City Mayor?s Office of Resiliency, will serve as the Opening Keynote Speaker at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo. Addressing the Conference theme of Optimizing for Tomorrow, Wilson will speak during the Opening Keynote Breakfast on Tuesday, January 8, 8:00 am ? 10:00 am ET, in Washington, D.C.

New York City?s diverse building stock of over one million buildings is highly vulnerable to the hazards of a changing climate, including tidal and storm flooding in coastal neighborhoods, but also extreme heat, heavy precipitation and groundwater table rise throughout the city. While New York City?s Building Code facilitates physical resilience in new construction, the majority of the city?s buildings are approaching 100 years old. In his remarks, Wilson will share the context of New York City?s climate vulnerabilities, the work he and his colleagues in the Office of Resiliency are doing to address them and challenges in preparing buildings for coming climate hazards.

The Mayor?s Office of Resiliency leads the city?s efforts to ensure all New Yorkers stay safe and thrive in the face of the multiple and compound impacts of climate change today and into the future through science-based analysis, policy development, capacity building and robust engagement.

As a Deputy Director with the Office of Resiliency, Wilson manages climate adaptation programs in land use and buildings. He oversees a team of architects, urban planners and policy experts working to identify fiscally responsible and socially equitable approaches to the climate challenges facing New York City?s building stock and neighborhoods. Wilson and his team coordinate with individuals, households, communities and local, state and federal agencies to get ready for New York City?s climate vulnerabilities, including sea level rise, extreme heat and powerful storms. 

Wilson joined the Mayor?s Office of Resiliency from 100 Resilient Cities, a program of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he managed relationships with 11 cities and staffed special initiatives such as the ReImagine Puerto Rico Commission following Hurricane Maria. His 15+ year career spans several New York City agencies, including the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, the Economic Development Corporation and the Department of City Planning. Wilson also has worked in the United Arab Emirates and Detroit. 

Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Wilson holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Environmental Conservation and Plant Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In addition to Wilson?s opening keynote, Building Innovation 2019 will include 18 different educational sessions featuring 38 presentations by 60 expert speakers. The National Institute of Building Sciences is an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Provider and an International Code Council Preferred Education Provider.

On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Wednesday FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast and the Wednesday Plenary Keynote Luncheon. The Institute also will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green? Awards during the Institute?s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet Wednesday evening.

View the full schedule of Building Innovation 2019 events.

Choose to join us for the Opening Keynote Breakfast or for the full Conference. Online registration closes December 31, 2018. Save as much as $250 off onsite registration. Register now and save!

National Institute of Building Sciences Names Lakisha Ann Woods President

News & Press - November 13, 2018 - 9:01am

The National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

The mission of the Institute is to serve the nation by supporting advances in building science and technology to improve the built environment. In her role as President, Woods will be responsible for leading the Institute?s dedicated team of professionals, enhancing its value and visibility and growing relationships with its members, clients, public agencies and partners. She will lead efforts to expand the organization?s programs and markets while growing and strengthening its membership base.

Woods brings extensive experience in association management, including strategic planning, team building and business development. She has served the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) since 2004, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, where she supervised a staff of 28 and oversaw a budget of $13 million, and previously as NAHB?s Vice President of Publishing and Affinity Programs for nearly 11 years. Prior to that, she held marketing and e-business roles of increasing importance and scope at the Associated General Contractors of America. Woods also is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Board of Directors.

?Lakisha?s strategic drive and her distinguished career in the association management community make her the perfect choice to lead the National Institute of Building Sciences into its next evolution and position it as the leader in discussions around cutting-edge topics of importance to the built environment community,? said Joseph Donovan, Institute Chair. ?We?re thrilled to welcome her aboard.?

?As a veteran of the building industry association space, I?m very excited to join the National Institute of Building Sciences. They serve as a trusted source of information and a well-regarded forum for the free and open discussion of challenges and opportunities in the built environment,? said Woods. ?The Institute?s commitment to its mission and the support of its members mirrors my own values, and I look forward to upholding the organization?s strong priorities and expanding its reach.?

The Institute?s search for a new President was conducted by association and non-profit search experts Vetted Solutions.

2019 FEDCon? Keynote to Tackle the Expensive Problem of Corrosion

News & Press - November 8, 2018 - 4:34pm

Each year, FEDCon? gives private-sector architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers insight into the construction process of the different agencies of the U.S. federal government. The 2019 FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast, scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, 2019, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo, will spotlight the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Material Readiness, Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office and its work tackling the important and expensive problem of corrosion to improve Department of Defense (DOD) facilities for the long term.

The United States Code 10 U.S.C. ? 2228 defines corrosion as "the deterioration of a material or its properties due to a reaction of that material with its chemical environment." Identifying corrosion risks and translating them into facilities design, construction and sustainment has significant impacts on life-cycle expectations and results.

DOD criteria incorporate both new technologies and corrosion prevention and control (CPC) focused language to ensure appropriate requirements are included in DOD contracts. The tools and criteria are available to help facilities professionals identify the general environmental severity classification at DOD installations. The DOD has funded numerous facilities corrosion technology projects, which ensures that CPC-related criteria requirements are current and will have a positive impact on the life cycle of facilities.

Steve Geusic, PE; Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, ASQ LSSBB; and Richard A. Hays, who all support the DOD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, will talk about the criteria, provide examples applicable to private-sector facilities and highlight tools available through the Institute?s WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? CPC Resource pages. Their intent is to assist facilities designers, contractors and sustainers to meet life-cycle requirements and to optimize facilities for tomorrow through better decision making.

Geusic is a Senior Professional Engineer for Leidos, providing technical, programmatic and policy support for customers in the area of corrosion prevention and control for facilities. He has 34 years of engineering design and construction experience with the DOD, serving 9 years as the Director of Facilities Criteria for the Navy at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic. McMillion is the Engineering Specifications Criteria Manager for NAVFAC in Norfolk, Virginia, and chairs the WBDG Advisory Council. She has 29 years of experience in facility design and construction for NAVFAC, the Air Force and DOD. She serves as a liaison to the DOD Corrosion Control Facilities team to incorporate the results of demonstration projects into facilities criteria. Hays is a Senior Corrosion Engineer for Excet, Inc., providing technical, programmatic and policy support for customers in the area of corrosion prevention and control for military equipment and facilities. For seven years, he served as the Deputy Director of Corrosion Policy and Oversight in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The first 27 years of his career were spent as a manager and corrosion engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.

Attend the FEDCon? Breakfast, sponsored by Master Painters Institute (MPI), Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and learn about the challenge of corrosion and the tools available to address it.
In addition to this FEDCon? Keynote, Building Innovation 2019 will include 18 different educational sessions featuring 60 presentations by 38 expert speakers. The Institute is a continuing education unit provider for the American Institute of Architects and a preferred provider for the International Code Council.

View the full schedule of events.

Elect to join us for the FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast or attend the full Conference. Online registration ends December 31. Register now and save $150 off the onsite registration rates. Don?t wait. Register today!


National Institute of Building Sciences Issues Second Report on the Value of Mitigation

News & Press - October 30, 2018 - 12:55pm

Highlights Benefits of Investing in Mitigation for Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure

Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued its latest report in a multi-year study on natural hazard mitigation. The second in a series of interim results, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure examines the potential benefits associated with investing in mitigation for select utility and transportation infrastructure.

Natural hazards present significant risks to many communities across the United States. Fortunately, there are measures governments, building owners, developers, tenants and others can take to reduce the impacts of such events. These measures?commonly called mitigation?can result in significant savings in terms of safety, and prevent property loss and disruption of day-to-day life.

The project team sought to use Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants to look at how the agency?s mitigation efforts to address four potential perils and four categories of utilities and infrastructure might benefit communities. Of the 859 EDA grants the project team reviewed, only 16 related to natural-hazard mitigation of utilities and transportation lifelines. Of these, the team acquired sufficient data to estimate benefit cost ratios (BCRs) for 12 mitigation investments.

Because too few EDA grants were available to provide statistical value, the project team modified its objectives to analyze the grants as case studies. Since the grants did not represent all common retrofit measures (particularly in regard to earthquakes), the project team also analyzed potential mitigation measures to address the gaps.

The project team studied 12 EDA grants, including:

  • Flood mitigation for roads and railroads (five grants), with BCRs ranging between 2.0 and 11.0 for four grants and one grant exhibiting a BCR of 0.2.
  • Flood mitigation for water and wastewater facilities (four grants), which produced BCRs between 1.3 and 31.0.
  • Wind mitigation for electric and telecommunications (two grants). These grants were estimated to produce BCRs of approximately 8.5.
  • Flood mitigation for electric and telecommunications (one grant). This grant produced an estimated BCR of 9.4.

Note: While not statistically valid, these grants, when viewed as case studies, offer anecdotal evidence of the potential value of such types of mitigation.

In light of the unexpectedly limited grant data, the project team supplemented the analysis of grants by studying a few leading options for natural-hazard mitigation of utilities and transportation infrastructure.

These included:

  • Replacing specific water supply pipeline segments to create a ?resilient water-supply grid? that better resists earthquakes. (At least two West Coast water utilities are designing a resilient grid.) The project team estimated this measure would save up to $8 per $1 spent, depending on local seismic hazard.
  • Strengthening electric substation equipment to better resist earthquake loads and to create a ?resilient electric grid.? (At least three West Coast electric utilities are developing a resilient electric grid.) The project team estimated this measure would save up to $8 per $1 spent, depending on local seismic hazard.
  • Strengthening highway bridges to better resist earthquake loads. The project team estimated this measure would produce a benefit of $3 per $1 spent.
  • Performing prescribed burns in the watershed of water utilities to reduce wildfire and inhibit soil-carrying runoff that can cause turbidity in reservoirs. The project team found that this measure is unlikely to be cost effective, and that water utilities have less-expensive options available to address turbidity resulting from runoff after wildfires.

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure is an independent work, funded with the support of public- and private-organizations interested in expanding the understanding of the benefits of hazard mitigation.

The original 2005 report, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities, which was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), determined FEMA mitigation grants to have a benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 4:1.

Despite the specific guidance that the 2005 study BCR represented only a single, very narrow set of mitigation strategies (precisely those funded through FEMA), the original 4:1 ratio has been used to justify all types of mitigation strategies. In January 2018, the Institute released the 2017 Interim Report, which provided an updated examination of the benefits of federal agency grant programs, including the addition of EDA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), resulting in a $6 benefit for every $1 invested. Though not a direct replacement, when used to describe federal grant programs, the 6:1 BCR can be used in place of the original 4:1.

The 2017 Interim Report also included analysis of the benefits of exceeding specific criteria within the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) and the adoption of the 2015 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (IWUIC). This analysis found a BCR of $4 for every $1 invested in such measures.

To vet the methodology used and ensure the ongoing study?s accuracy, the Institute received input from renowned experts in resilience across all hazard types, including academia, non-profits, government agencies and the private sector. Experts were engaged to conduct the analyses and additional experts were invited to peer-review the results. Over 100 subject matter experts participated in the development and review of the study methodologies and findings.

Download Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure.

Pew, Institute to Host Webinar on Case for Building Stronger, Smarter Infrastructure

News & Press - October 25, 2018 - 12:08pm

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Institute of Building Sciences will host a joint webinar, The Business Case for Building Stronger, Smarter Infrastructure, on Tuesday, October 30, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET.

The webinar will feature the release of the latest Interim Report of the Institute?s ?Mitigation Saves? multi-year study. The new report builds on the results presented earlier this year that every $1 invested in disaster mitigation through federal grants saves society $6 in future disaster costs. These latest results examine the return-on-investment associated with resilient infrastructure related to transportation, electric grid and water systems.

The event will feature:

  • Forbes Tompkins, Officer, Flood-Prepared Communities Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Ryan Colker, JD, Vice President, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Philip Schneider, Program Director, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Melissa Clow, Civil Engineer, Iowa City

REGISTER TO ATTEND

To attend the free The Business Case for Building Stronger, Smarter Infrastructure webinar on Tuesday, October 30, sign up now.

Deadline Approaches to Submit an Entry for a Beyond Green? Award

News & Press - October 4, 2018 - 3:56pm

There are only four weeks left to enter those cutting-edge projects and activities for a chance to win a National Institute of Building Sciences 2018 Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Award.

Across the United States, designers, builders, owners, government agencies, manufacturers and others are going beyond the status quo to achieve high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. Now is the time to show off advancements and gain recognition for those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. 

The Beyond Green? Awards distinguish those projects and activities that best demonstrate the eight high-performance attributes: sustainability, accessibility, aesthetics, cost effectiveness, functionality, productivity, historical sensitivity, and safety and security (resilience). The nomination categories include: High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities.

The Beyond Green? Awards jury will review all of the entries received by the October 31, 2018, deadline, and make their final selections. The Beyond Green? High-Performance Building & Community Award winners will be invited to present their projects and receive their awards at the Annual Awards Banquet, to be held during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, the week of January 7-10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. During the awards presentation on Wednesday, January 9, winners will have an opportunity to share their project results directly with leaders from across the building industry, and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced on their high-performance projects.

The winning selections will appear as case studies on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? website. Additional recognition will include an announcement in the Institute?s newsletter, a plaque and potential inclusion in future Institute technical guidelines and publications.

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Beyond Green? Awards is Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Take this opportunity to recognize a deserving high-performance project. Submit an entry today!

One Week before FMOC Holds Webinar on Transitioning New Facilities

News & Press - September 28, 2018 - 2:11pm

There?s still time to register for a new webinar hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC). But don?t wait too long. The one-hour webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, will be held Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET.

Bringing a new facility to life and integrating it with an existing asset portfolio can be a stressful endeavor. The receiving organization is expected to operate, manage and maintain the building with finite resources, yet the owner may be faced with a newly constructed facility that underperforms, requires unplanned downtime or additional rework, or provides a lesser occupant or visitor experience. This webinar provides guidance on how to make that transition as successful as possible.

Ensuring an opening day that delivers stable and reliable building performance is dependent on three key components: facility readiness, people readiness and information readiness. During the webinar, FMOC Chair Casey Martin, AIA, AICP, will address ways to plan in advance to make facility handover more predictable.

A subject matter expert, Martin works in the consulting practice at Jacobs Engineering delivering facility and asset management strategies. In this role, she consults with private and U.S. federal institutions, providing full life-cycle perspectives throughout project development stages. Martin?s approach considers important long-term views such as total cost of ownership, reliability-centered maintenance practices, operation strategies, and processes and policies to align asset management with business and mission objectives.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free ?Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management? webinar on October 5, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of operations & maintenance resource pages, including a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

SEPTEMBER WEBINAR ONLINE

Missed FMOC?s September 14 webinar, Designing for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects? The one-hour audio presentation, which FMOC hosted on September 14, is available for download until October 13, 2018. Listen now.

New SAFETY Act Best Practices Guide to Commercial Building Security Now Available

News & Press - September 17, 2018 - 4:17pm

A new web-based tool can help security professionals for commercial office buildings perform assessments based on the Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS) for commercial office buildings. With best practices developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute), building owners seeking protections under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act can use the tool when developing their application packages.

?BPATS will be an important part of the SAFETY Act application process,? said William N. Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. ?We want commercial building owners to feel confident in the steps they need to take in getting the protections they need to secure their facilities.?

An issue that arises for building owners seeking SAFETY Act protections is the need to re-submit applications due to gaps in the review for SAFETY Act eligibility. This new online format serves to eliminate such backtracking from the application process, outlining what a building needs to accomplish to become a candidate for Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) status.

The preferred users of this tool are trained security professionals whose credentials will be reviewed by the Institute before gaining access to the tool. They are then trained in using the checklist to evaluate various components of building security by SAFETY Act standards, including access control, risk awareness, physical security, IT security and more. The guide spans seven categories, 411 best practices and approximately 60 associated common practices.

?With the BPATS, our goal was to develop a comprehensive tool that security professionals could use to assess the anti-terrorism security of commercial office buildings,? said Bruce Davidson, Director of S&T?s Office of SAFETY Act Implementation (OSAI). ?The output from their BPATS assessment should enable building leadership to take steps to enhance their building?s security and provide the foundation for a well-structured follow-on SAFETY Act application.?

OSAI and the Institute were able to validate the chosen best practices through pilot tests with six commercial buildings located in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Denver. An understanding of how the common practices of those building owners corresponded with OSAI criteria helped refine the BPATS and the assessment process for consistency.

Commercial property owners and security professionals may request access to the BPATS tool here.

Businesses filing for SAFETY Act protections can receive Designation and Certification for their Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology, which can cap their liability. The SAFETY Act was enacted in 2002 because of concerns that liability would hinder investment in the latest security technologies and programs following the attacks of September 11, 2001. OSAI engages with various public and private entities to ensure the SAFETY Act application process is consistent with their needs and promotes investment in the technologies the nation needs.

S&T reached a significant milestone earlier this year approving its 1,000th application for SAFETY Act protection.

Institute Looking to Hire Professionals with BIM, CAD, GIS Expertise

News & Press - September 13, 2018 - 6:03pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences is in the process of filling several positions to support federal agency clients. The organization is looking to hire building professionals with expertise in building information modeling (BIM), computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS).

Eligible candidates will:

  • Have broad experience in developing and implementing information management processes.
  • Be able to utilize their knowledge of engineering, BIM, CAD, GIS and modeling to support real estate, programming, planning, engineering, construction and operations/maintenance activities.
  • Demonstrate broad professional knowledge of the practices and techniques of construction-related information technology tools, such as CAD technologies; design review software and tools; BIM tools; automated facilities management systems; graphic analysis tools and automated model checkers; geospatial tools; federal geospatial data standards; and relational databases for managing and processing data.
  • Display highly developed oral, graphic and written communications skills in order to confer with and advise employees, contractors and government officials.
  • Be able to work full-time in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Be a U.S. citizen in possession of or able to obtain a ?Secret? level security clearance.
  • Be required to travel.

Interested individuals with the required skillsets can read the job descriptions for the BIM Manager and BIM Data Analyst to see the full duties and responsibilities of the positions.

To apply for either of the positions, email a cover letter and resume to jobs@nibs.org with ?BIM Manager? or ?BIM Data Analyst? in the subject line. All emails must be received by Monday, September 24, at 12:00 noon ET.

Institute Looking to Hire Professionals with BIM, CAD, GIS Expertise

News & Press - September 13, 2018 - 5:56pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences is in the process of filling several positions to support federal agency clients. The organization is looking to hire building professionals with expertise in building information modeling (BIM), computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS).

Eligible candidates will:

  • Have broad experience in developing and implementing information management processes.
  • Be able to utilize their knowledge of engineering, BIM, CAD, GIS and modeling to support real estate, programming, planning, engineering, construction and operations/maintenance activities.
  • Demonstrate broad professional knowledge of the practices and techniques of construction-related information technology tools, such as CAD technologies; design review software and tools; BIM tools; automated facilities management systems; graphic analysis tools and automated model checkers; geospatial tools; federal geospatial data standards; and relational databases for managing and processing data.
  • Display highly developed oral, graphic and written communications skills in order to confer with and advise employees, contractors and government officials.
  • Be able to work full-time in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Be a U.S. citizen in possession of or able to obtain a ?Secret? level security clearance.
  • Be required to travel.

Interested individuals with the required skillsets can read the job descriptions for the BIM Manager and BIM Data Analyst to see the full duties and responsibilities of the positions.

To apply for either of the positions, email a cover letter and resume to jobs@nibs.org with ?BIM Manager? or ?BIM Data Analyst? in the subject line. All emails must be received by Monday, September 24, at 12:00 noon ET.

The Institute Appoints Jury for 2018 Beyond Green? Awards

News & Press - September 12, 2018 - 5:47pm

Award Recipients to Be Honored during Building Innovation 2019

The National Institute of Building Sciences announces the jury for the 2018 Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Awards. The 2018 jury members include Nancy McNabb, AIA; Jason Hartke, PhD; and Arpan Bakshi.

?I am excited to welcome the 2018 Beyond Green? Awards jury,? said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. ?This jury has a wide range of experience in advancing and achieving innovative, high-performing facilities. I thank them for their participation and look forward to seeing which projects they select to receive Beyond Green? Awards in January.?

The Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Awards recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. The jury is responsible for selecting those projects and activities that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high performance from all of the entries submitted to the Institute by the October 31 deadline.

Nancy McNabb, AIA, principal at McNabb & Associates, has held positions at the New York State Codes Division, Building Officials and Code Administrators International and the National Fire Protection Association. As the Manager of Building and Fire Codes and Standards of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, McNabb worked on codes and standards-related research to support strategic goals relating to sustainability, energy efficiency, safety, security and community resilience. She formed her own consulting firm in 2016 and joined The Continuity Project. McNabb recently served as the Faculty Member-in-Residence with the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering.

Jason Hartke, PhD, leads the Alliance to Save Energy, where he oversees a bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders committed to achieving economic growth, a cleaner environment and greater energy security, affordability and reliability. At the U.S. Department of Energy, he led a roughly $30 million program to advance and accelerate energy efficiency in commercial buildings. As senior vice president of global policy development at the U.S. Green Building Council, Hartke oversaw mission-critical policy and advocacy efforts. Over his career, he has created numerous collaborative initiatives and partnerships with organizations, including the C40 Climate Leadership Group, World Green Building Council, National League of Cities, American Institute of Architects, Real Estate Roundtable and Natural Resources Defense Council.

An associate at internationally renowned Foster + Partners in London, England, Arpan Bakshi trained as an architect, sustainable engineer, computational designer and environmental analyst. He has worked at leading firms, including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York, and Werner Sobek in Stuttgart, Germany. Bakshi served as a studio consultant at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, PennDesign and the City University of New York. He participates and actively shares insights and articles online to an industry forum of over 40,000 professionals, organizing presentations and trainings from leading experts to a following across 115 countries.

As the 2018 Beyond Green? Awards jury, McNabb, Hartke and Bakshi will select the winners from all of the Beyond Green? Award entries submitted. The 2018 award categories include: High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities. The Institute will recognize the 2018 award winners on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, during its Annual Awards Banquet. As part of the awards presentation, the Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Award winners have the opportunity to present their projects and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced while delivering high-performance buildings.

Learn more about the Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Awards. The opportunity to enter ends 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

The Awards Banquet is one of a number of events taking place during Building Innovation 2019?The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, to be held January 7-10, at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. Find out more about the Conference.

To attend the Awards ceremony or the entire Conference, register now.

Last Chance to Register for FMOC?s Webinar on Designing for Maintainability

News & Press - September 12, 2018 - 12:02pm

There are only two days left to register for the National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) one-hour webinar, Design for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects, to be held Friday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. Don?t wait to register to learn about the benefits of getting early operations and maintenance (O&M) input.

O&M expenses can account for as much as 80 percent of a building?s life-cycle costs. Yet, working with facility professionals during the design phase of the project can alleviate these costs and help optimize building performance. Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, the immediate past chair of the FMOC and a current member of the Institute?s Board of Directors, will conduct the webinar. He will discuss how ?Design for Maintainability,? a methodology that links O&M goals to the design process, can be applied to any organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and operations management, Rounds serves as a facility engineering manager responsible for electrical and mechanical systems within the Sustainable Workplaces organization at the General Motors Company (GM). In this role, his group leads the electrical and mechanical design activities for new construction and major renovations. His former duties as a technical group manager entailed maintaining the technical oversight for facilities operations at 16 manufacturing operations totaling 52 million square feet, and containing assets with an approximately $7.5 billion total replacement value. He previously led the facilities maintenance, industrial cleaning and asset sustainment activity for GM, where he and his team of engineers were responsible for prioritizing facilities asset sustainment initiatives, problem solving and disseminating facilities maintenance best practices across GM?s vast portfolio. He is a member of Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and serves on its advisory body, the ProFMI Commission.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free Design for Maintainability webinar on September 14, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

SAVE THE DATE

Interested in other O&M topics? Then be sure to register for FMOC?s October webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. Sign up today.

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of O&M resource pages, including a page on Design for Maintainability and a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

One Week before FMOC Webinar on Designing Facilities for Maintainability

News & Press - September 7, 2018 - 2:45pm

Don't miss the National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) one-hour webinar, Design for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects, on Friday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET, to learn about the benefits of getting early operations and maintenance (O&M) input.

O&M expenses can account for as much as 80 percent of a building?s life-cycle costs. Yet, working with facility professionals during the design phase of the project can alleviate these costs and help optimize building performance. Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, the immediate past chair of the FMOC and a current member of the Institute?s Board of Directors, will conduct the webinar. He will discuss how ?Design for Maintainability,? a methodology that links O&M goals to the design process, can be applied to any organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and operations management, Rounds serves as a facility engineering manager responsible for electrical and mechanical systems within the Sustainable Workplaces organization at the General Motors Company (GM). In this role, his group leads the electrical and mechanical design activities for new construction and major renovations. His former duties as a technical group manager entailed maintaining the technical oversight for facilities operations at 16 manufacturing operations totaling 52 million square feet, and containing assets with an approximately $7.5 billion total replacement value. He previously led the facilities maintenance, industrial cleaning and asset sustainment activity for GM, where he and his team of engineers were responsible for prioritizing facilities asset sustainment initiatives, problem solving and disseminating facilities maintenance best practices across GM?s vast portfolio. He is a member of Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and serves on its advisory body, the ProFMI Commission.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free Design for Maintainability webinar on September 14, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

SAVE THE DATE

Interested in other O&M topics? Then be sure to register for FMOC?s October webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. Sign up today.

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of O&M resource pages, including a page on Design for Maintainability and a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

One Week before FMOC Webinar on Designing Facilities for Maintainability

News & Press - September 7, 2018 - 2:45pm

Don't miss the National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) one-hour webinar, Design for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects, on Friday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET, to learn about the benefits of getting early operations and maintenance (O&M) input.

O&M expenses can account for as much as 80 percent of a building?s life-cycle costs. Yet, working with facility professionals during the design phase of the project can alleviate these costs and help optimize building performance. Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, the immediate past chair of the FMOC and a current member of the Institute?s Board of Directors, will conduct the webinar. He will discuss how ?Design for Maintainability,? a methodology that links O&M goals to the design process, can be applied to any organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and operations management, Rounds serves as a facility engineering manager responsible for electrical and mechanical systems within the Sustainable Workplaces organization at the General Motors Company (GM). In this role, his group leads the electrical and mechanical design activities for new construction and major renovations. His former duties as a technical group manager entailed maintaining the technical oversight for facilities operations at 16 manufacturing operations totaling 52 million square feet, and containing assets with an approximately $7.5 billion total replacement value. He previously led the facilities maintenance, industrial cleaning and asset sustainment activity for GM, where he and his team of engineers were responsible for prioritizing facilities asset sustainment initiatives, problem solving and disseminating facilities maintenance best practices across GM?s vast portfolio. He is a member of Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and serves on its advisory body, the ProFMI Commission.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free Design for Maintainability webinar on September 14, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

SAVE THE DATE

Interested in other O&M topics? Then be sure to register for FMOC?s October webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. Sign up today.

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of O&M resource pages, including a page on Design for Maintainability and a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

October FMOC Webinar to Focus on Successful Long-Term Operation of New Facilities

News & Press - September 5, 2018 - 12:03pm

Bringing a new facility to life and integrating it with an existing asset portfolio can be a stressful endeavor. The receiving organization is expected to operate, manage and maintain the building with finite resources, yet the owner may be faced with a newly constructed facility that underperforms, requires unplanned downtime or additional rework, or provides a lesser occupant or visitor experience. The National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) will host a one-hour webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET, that focuses on making that transition as successful as possible.

Ensuring an opening day that delivers stable and reliable building performance is dependent on three key components: facility readiness; people readiness and information readiness. During the webinar, FMOC Chair Casey Martin, AIA, AICP, will address ways to plan in advance to make facility handover more predictable.

A subject matter expert, Martin works in the consulting practice at Jacobs Engineering delivering facility and asset management strategies. In this role, she consults with private and U.S. federal institutions, providing full life-cycle perspectives throughout project development stages. Martin?s approach considers important long-term views such as total cost of ownership, reliability-centered maintenance practices, operation strategies and processes and policies to align asset management with business and mission objectives.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free ?Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management? webinar on October 5, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of operations & maintenance resource pages, including a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

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