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2018 FEDCon® Keynote Will Highlight WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®

News & Press - November 16, 2017 - 3:07pm

Join Us as We Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Resource

Each year, FEDCon® gives private-sector architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers an insight into the construction process of the different agencies of the U.S. federal government. The 2018 FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast, scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo, will spotlight the work of many federal agencies through a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®.

WBDG is an internet-based portal to a wide range of federal- and private-sector building-related guidance criteria and technology. It creatively links information across traditional professional disciplines to encourage integrated thinking and “whole building” performance. Federal agencies, as well as private-sector companies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions all contributed their information and resources to develop the WBDG. More than 400,000 visitors make more than 1.5 million page views on the site each month.

During the 2018 FEDCon® event, Earle Kennett, former Senior Vice President (retired) of the Institute; Bernard Deneke, PE, Director, Engineering Criteria and Programs, Naval Facility Engineering Command; and Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, Specifications and Standards Criteria Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chair of the WBDG Advisory Council, will present the history, successes and performance of the WBDG. Find out how the WBDG has grown over the past 20 years from a resource for federal agencies to share their construction criteria into a comprehensive library of over 6,000 design criteria, other construction documents and executable programs from federal and private organizations that is visited by users from all around the world. Learn how users benefit from this vast collection of centralized and easily accessible information, available to anyone with access to the World Wide Web.

Attend the FEDCon® Breakfast Thursday, January 11, 2018, and gain insights into the making and maintaining of the WBDG and how you can make it work for your projects. 

In addition to this FEDCon® Keynote, Building Innovation 2018 will include 20 different educational sessions featuring 35 presentations by 55 expert speakers. Sessions will offer attendees continuing education units from both the American Institute of Architects and the International Code Council.

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; the Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch, where exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon Keynote Address; and the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet, where the Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and the Beyond Green™ awards.

View the full schedule of events.

Elect to join us for the FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast or attend the full Conference. Early-bird rates end November 30. Register now and save up to  $250 off the onsite registration rates. Don’t wait. Register today!

Volunteer and Save: Students Needed to Assist at Building Innovation 2018

News & Press - November 14, 2017 - 11:55am

Students interested in attending Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, January 8-11, 2018, 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 2018 is set to deliver an engaging program that will explore strategies that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure.  Plan to be there where Science meets Design® for a compelling program intended to engage the entire team of building professionals in creating innovative 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 2: Tuesday, January 9

  • TU2A: Are We Resilient and Sustainable? Evaluation Tools to Make the Case 
  • TU2B: Managing Data Across the Facility Life Cycle
  • TU3A: Confronting the Multiple Dimensions of Resilient and Sustainable Building Design
  • TU3B: Challenges and Opportunities in Regulating Existing Buildings
  • TU4A: Meeting High-Performance Goals through Timber Construction
  • TU4B: Incremental and Holistic Opportunities to Improve Building Performance

Day 3: Wednesday, January 10

  • WE1A: Advanced Technology and the Future of Buildings, Cities & Infrastructure
  • WE1B: Putting Your Best Façade Forward
  • WE2A: Using Technology to Move the Industry Forward
  • WE2B: Delivering on the Promise: The Important Roles of Air Barriers and Commissioning
  • WE3A: Focusing on Facility Management from the Start
  • WE3B: Zero-Energy Geophysicists: Revolutionary Renovation of AGU Headquarters
  • WE4A: Technology as a Tool: Facilitating Coordination Across a Building's Life Cycle
  • WE4B: Liability and Risks in the Pursuit of High-Performance Buildings

Day 4: Thursday, January 11

  • TH2A: Climate Resilience: Adaptive Design and Risk Management
  • TH2B: 3D-Printing in the Built Environment: Today and Tomorrow
  • TH3A: Can the Workforce Deliver? Meeting Today's Challenges of Climate Change Risk and Operational Performance
  • TH3B: Improving Healthcare Quality, Affordability and Access through Integrated Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • TH4A: Aligning Sustainability and Health in Renovating the ASLA Headquarters
  • TH4B: Designing for Disasters: Minimizing Explosion and Earthquake Exposure

Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast; the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where Exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon; and the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast. (Volunteers also are welcome to attend Day One: Monday, January 8, 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.)

The Institute is looking for student volunteers to serve as room monitors, scan badges and assist with other duties as needed. For their three-day time commitment (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), 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 Friday, December 8, 2017.

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 deadline, Friday, December 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET, to secure this rate and availability. Make your reservations 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 2018.

The Institute Appoints Jury for 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards

News & Press - November 13, 2017 - 3:12pm

Award Recipients to Be Honored during Building Innovation 2018

“Welcome to the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards jury,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “This year’s jury has a diverse range of experience in achieving high performance in a variety of building types. I thank them for participating on the jury and look forward to seeing who 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 extended November 15 deadline.

Deane M. Evans, FAIA, is director of the Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. CBK is a multi-disciplinary research and technical assistance center focused on improving the performance of buildings and communities. A registered architect, Evans has over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors in creating and disseminating information on high-performance buildings; including jobs as: senior principal at Steven Winter Associates, a building systems consulting firm; vice president for research at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.; and the founding director of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Evans helped initiate the Beyond Green™ Awards Program when he served as vice-chair of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.

Justin J. Zeulner, executive director and co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance, is one of the principal leaders of the sports greening movement. Zeulner has helped guide the Green Sports Alliance in reaching critical mass and major influence within the global sports industry. Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Zeulner was a senior program developer at Vulcan, Inc., the philanthropic and innovation company founded by Paul G. Allen. In this role, he was responsible for public engagement and campaign development around conservation and climate change. Prior to that, he served as senior director for sustainability and public affairs for the Portland Trail Blazers. Among his accomplishments there, he was directly involved in economic development, government relations and environmental initiatives that led to the Trail Blazers assuming a leadership role in the sports greening movement and the Moda Center achieving LEED Gold status, the first LEED Gold existing building in professional sports in the world. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Zeulner is a native of Portland, Oregon.

Bill Updike is a principal with Integral Group. He focuses on the company’s sustainable consulting practice as well as assisting with business development for their deep green engineering practice. Prior to joining Integral Group, Updike served as the chief of the Green Building and Climate Branch in the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, where he was responsible for policies and programs related to green building, climate change and other built environment sustainability planning for the city. Prior to joining the department, he worked as a project manager for a renewable energy company, as a green building construction manager for a design/build firm and as an outside sales representative for a green building supply company. In the early part of his career, Updike worked as an environmental journalist for two national magazines. He received one of the inaugural BOLD Awards at Greenbuild in 2015 and a Living Building Challenge Hero Award from the International Living Future Institute, also in 2015. Updike holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. 

Evans, Zeulner and Updike will select the winners of the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards from all of the entries submitted. The 2017 award categories include: High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities.

In a change of venue, the Institute will recognize the 2017 award winners on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 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 Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at midnight.

The Awards Banquet is one of a number of events taking place during Building Innovation 2018—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, January 8-11, at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. Find out more about the Conference.

You may attend the Awards ceremony or the entire Conference. Register for tickets.

BSSC Training Courses Now Available On-Demand

News & Press - November 9, 2017 - 4:17pm

Learn about the Changes in 2015 NEHRP Provisions, ASCE/SEI 7-16

The popular series of 2017 webinars presented by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) is now available online. These courses cover some of the latest changes on seismic design and analysis. The courses highlight the 2015 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, which was adopted by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) ASCE/SEI-7-16 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

The topics include:

The BSSC hosted the series of seven live webinars earlier this year, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Many building industry professionals were unable to attend, so the Institute has made the courses available online for a nominal fee. Now professionals can take these well-attended, highly touted continuing education courses at their own convenience.

EARN AND LEARN

Learn about the latest strategies on seismic design featured in the 2015 NEHRP Provisions and ASCE/SEI 7-16 and earn continuing education credit at the same time. All of the courses are approved by the American Institute of Architects and the International Code Council. Engineers are eligible to earn 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for each course, code officials are eligible to earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and architects are eligible to earn 1.0 health/safety/welfare (HSW) CEU. Take a course now.

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Check Out the Session Speakers at Building Innovation 2018

News & Press - November 7, 2017 - 4:21pm

Learn from the Experts, Get Up to Speed on Informative Topics

The impressive lineup of session speakers at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo includes industry leaders, public-sector authorities and academia. During the four-day Conference, to be held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., fifty-five expert speakers will cover a wide variety of topics to explore strategies that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure.

Building Innovation 2018 will start with council and committee meetings on Monday, followed by 35 presentations in 20 different educational sessions scheduled over the next three days. The program offers many opportunities to expand your knowledge and learn about the latest techniques and technologies on a variety of subjects. From three-dimensional printing and timber construction to climate resilience and healthcare quality, the session presentations run the gamut. Don’t miss the chance to learn from the experts while interacting with professionals from across the building industry.

Plan to join us where Science meets Design at Building Innovation 2018 to hear from great speakers and participate in an exciting program. Register before November 15, 2017, and save up to $250 off onsite registration rates.

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NIBS, NBI Issue Guidance to Help Jurisdictions Achieve Energy Goals

News & Press - November 1, 2017 - 2:25pm

Outcome-Based Path for Codes Focuses on Results, Looks at Building’s Actual Performance

A number of cities and states across the United States have begun to recognize that the current code-based mechanisms in place do not provide the means to help them achieve their energy performance goals for buildings. Codes largely focus on design requirements for a limited number of building characteristics, but do not require verification that the design results in actual, measurable energy savings. That is why the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI) developed Implementing an Outcome-Based Compliance Path in Energy Codes: Guidance for Cities, released today. This guidance document provides jurisdictions with a new approach to shift the focus towards actual, measurable energy results so they can begin impacting energy influencing measures not currently included in the nation’s model energy codes.

Most jurisdictions across the nation use a prescriptive or performance-based pathway to achieve their energy-efficiency requirements. For years, NIBS and NBI have worked to address the actual, measured energy performance of buildings across their life cycle. They have submitted code change proposals through the ASHRAE and International Code Council code development processes to establish an outcome-based compliance path within the model codes. While developing the guidance document, they received feedback from industry stakeholders representing numerous aspects of the industry.

Implementing an Outcome-Based Compliance Path in Energy Codes: Guidance for Cities provides jurisdictions with the regulatory language to put an outcome-based compliance path into place. Jurisdictions can use the draft regulatory language as a framework around which they can begin to align their high-level energy goals through their building codes.

The guidance document, which is available free to jurisdictions, includes code language that can be incorporated directly into a jurisdiction's energy code.

Jurisdictions interested in starting on the outcome-based path to achieving energy goals, can download Implementing an Outcome-Based Compliance Path in Energy Codes: Guidance for Cities now.

Deadline Extended to Nominate a Project for a 2017 Beyond Green™ Award

News & Press - October 30, 2017 - 3:49pm

Submissions are Due Wednesday, November 15

Had plans to nominate a cutting-edge project for a 2017 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Award but didn’t have enough time? The National Institute of Building Sciences has extended the deadline for entries. Don’t miss the chance to recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. The deadline has moved to Wednesday, November 15.

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. 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.

Once the Beyond Green™ Awards jury reviews all of the entries and makes its final selections, the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building & Community Award winners will be invited to present their projects and receive their awards at a special Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, to be held during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, the week of January 8-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. At the awards presentation, winners will have the 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 extended deadline to apply for the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards is Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET. But don’t wait. This is your last chance to recognize a deserving high-performance project for a 2017 award. Submit an entry today!

Only One Week Left to Nominate a Project for a 2017 Beyond Green™ Award

News & Press - October 24, 2017 - 2:57pm

Submissions are Due Tuesday, October 31

The deadline is quickly approaching to recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. 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 nominate those cutting-edge projects and activities for a chance to win a National Institute of Building Sciences 2017 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Award. Nominations are due next Tuesday, October 31.

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 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 a special Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, to be held during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, the week of January 8-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. At the awards presentation, 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 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards is Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Take this opportunity to recognize a deserving high-performance project. Submit an entry today!

Institute Bids Farewell to a Pioneering Industry Council

News & Press - September 27, 2017 - 2:33pm

This past week, the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors voted to sunset the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC).

Founded in 1980 as the Passive Solar Industries Council, the independent, non-profit organization that later became the SBIC was a pioneer advocate of the whole building approach to sustainable facilities. The founding members, consisting of major building trade groups, large corporations, small businesses and individual practitioners, understood that energy and resource-efficient design and construction are imperative to a sustainable built environment. The SBIC and its members viewed energy use and sustainability within a larger context of benefits related to productivity and overall efficiency, health and safety, serviceability and other performance factors.

The SBIC participated in a number of cutting-edge efforts, including founding of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®. In 1997, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Engineering Innovation and Criteria Office was looking for ways to leverage their shrinking technical and financial resources to update hundreds of paper-based criteria documents relating to construction. SBIC members and staff helped conceptualize the WBDG website, hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences, to help address this growing problem.

SBIC also served as the exclusive distributor of Energy-10™. For many years, Energy-10™ was the leading energy-modeling tool for small commercial buildings. Developed primarily by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the tool provided improved integration with window data from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and included the ability to model some additional heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system types. The SBIC provided training and technical support, as well as distribution.

Over the decades, the SBIC published several notable guides. The High Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide explained how to achieve schools that provide better learning environments for students and teachers, cost less to operate and help protect the environment. The Beyond Green™: Guidelines for High-Performance Homes—Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes described the important aspects needed to make a home green. The SBIC also developed Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services for Sustainable Buildings – A Guide for Federal Project Managers, produced under contract to the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).

In addition, the SBIC hosted online courses and workshops on green building and high-performance schools. For five years at the turn of the millennium, SBIC conducted a series of two-day workshops for FEMP and NAVFAC that looked at design strategies for low-energy, sustainable and secure buildings.

To recognize the progress the industry was making, the SBIC began an awards program. First called the Best Practice Sustainability Awards, the awards program is now known as the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards.

SBIC’s ideas continued to be reflected in the WBDG and in federal legislation mandating high-performance buildings, as well as the National Institute of Building Sciences High Performance Building Council (HPBC) agenda.

In late 2011, the original SBIC ceased operations. The Institute’s Board of Directors formed a new SBIC in May 2012 to carry on the mission. For the next five years, the SBIC continued its work to unite and inspire the building industry toward higher performance through education, outreach, advocacy and the mutual exchange of ideas.

In early 2017, the Institute announced that the Board had sunset the HPBC because its mission had permeated into the Institute’s other councils and committees. Similarly, the initial resource-related goals espoused by the SBIC have become widely recognized within the industry through programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the Green Globes certification and the increasing growth in Passive House design and zero-energy buildings. Further, the Institute’s other councils and the WBDG website continue to bring the Beyond Green™ concepts to the broader building industry.

The Institute thanks the members of the SBIC for their role in achieving these significant accomplishments over the past 37 years.

Highlighting the ongoing importance of taking a whole building approach to problem solving, the Institute will continue to host the annual Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards to support the industry in developing solutions to achieve sustainable, high-performance buildings. This unique program recognizes the initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, as well as the real-world application of high-performance design and construction practices. Learn more about the Beyond Green™ AwardsNominate a Beyond Green™ project.

Two Weeks Until Webinar Looks at Risk, Rewards of Energy in Commercial Appraisals

News & Press - September 15, 2017 - 11:46am

There is still time to learn about an effort by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to put energy performance on the lending table. The National Institute of Building Sciences Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) will host a webinar to discuss the energy performance of buildings. “Energy in Commercial Appraisals and Mortgages: Risk or Reward?” is scheduled for 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET, Thursday, September 28, 2017.

In current mortgage and appraisal practices, lenders generally do not consider energy use a motivating factor and do not fully account the risks and opportunities associated with energy use of buildings during valuation. Following a scoping study and stakeholder engagements with lenders and building owners, DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business have identified several potential interventions to properly account for energy factors in the lending process.

During the hour-long webinar, moderator Ryan M. Colker of the National Institute of Building Sciences and presenters Paul Mathew, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Nancy Wallace, University of California-Berkeley; and Andrew White, JDM Associates will discuss an upcoming training course for commercial appraisers and efforts to engage the lending community on appraisals for high-performing buildings.

REGISTER TO ATTEND
Sign up now to attend the free webinar, “Energy in Commercial Appraisals and Mortgages: Risk or Reward?” on September 28. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Webinar Looks at Capturing Energy Performance in Commercial Building Mortgages

News & Press - August 23, 2017 - 11:03am

When it comes to the buying and selling of commercial real estate—a multi-step process that involves high stakes and numerous stakeholders—the energy performance of buildings is not usually top of mind. An upcoming webinar by the National Institute of Building Sciences Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) could bring the topic into higher focus. The webinar, Energy in Commercial Appraisals and Mortgages: Risk or Reward?, scheduled for 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET, Thursday, September 28, 2017, will highlight an effort by the U.S. Department of Energy to put energy performance on the lending table.

In current mortgage and appraisal practices, lenders generally do not consider energy use a motivating factor and do not fully account the risks and opportunities associated with energy use of buildings during valuation. Following a scoping study and stakeholder engagements with lenders and building owners, DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business have identified several potential interventions to properly account for energy factors in the lending process.

During the hour-long webinar, moderator Ryan M. Colker of the National Institute of Building Sciences and presenters Paul Mathew, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Nancy Wallace, University of California-Berkeley; and Andrew White, JDM Associates, will discuss an upcoming training course for commercial appraisers and efforts to engage the lending community on appraisals for high-performing buildings.

REGISTER TO ATTEND
Sign up now to attend the free webinar, “Energy in Commercial Appraisals and Mortgages: Risk or Reward?” on September 28. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Institute to Host Representative Hearing on Healthcare Facility Person-Centered Care

News & Press - August 22, 2017 - 12:04pm

Requesting Testimony from Healthcare, Building Industry Representatives

The nation’s healthcare environment is changing and facilities need to keep pace—particularly with the growth in a senior population in need of care. The design, construction and operation of healthcare facilities must respond to these needs and provide the environment necessary for effective delivery of quality, person-centered care. In recognition of the impact that the varying requirements on design, construction and operations of these facilities have on all aspects of the building industry, the National Institute of Building Sciences, through its Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure (AHI), will conduct a representative hearing August 31, 2017, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, ET, in Washington, D.C., to address the impact of facility-based requirements on the delivery of person-centered care.

According to the Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, which is sponsoring the hearing, person-centered care is “anchored in values and beliefs that return the locus of control to elders and those who work closest with them to support their quality of life. It is delivered in a built environment that is designed to be supportive, healing and non-institutional.” Facilities should help facilitate provision of care, not detract from the ability to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare. However, differing requirements on the design, construction and operations of facilities distract from the ability of the facility to provide care and place undue monetary expense on providers—money that could be better applied towards the provision of patient services. As healthcare costs continue to rise, the facility should not be placing undue burden on providers.

The Representative Hearing on Facility-Based Requirements on the Delivery of Person-Centered Care will provide an opportunity for representatives from the planning, design, construction, operations, ownership, finance, insurance, regulatory and other segments of the U.S. building industry; healthcare providers; and consumers to speak about the challenges they face and offer potential solutions. The Institute is particularly interested in receiving testimony from organizations that have moved beyond traditional approaches to address concerns related to providing person-centered care. Case studies, best practices and data on the benefits of such approaches are encouraged.

The hearing will be open to anyone interested in attending. Both written and oral testimony will be accepted from any interested parties. Following the hearing, the Institute will publish a report featuring findings and recommendations, along with practical guidance that industry participants can apply to help advance the delivery of person-centered care.

The Institute strives to be a respected source of unbiased information for the building community. Given its Congressional mandate to serve as an authoritative national source to make findings and advise both the public and private sectors of the economy with respect to the use of building science and technology, the Institute is the ideal organization to lead a national conversation on these challenges before the building and healthcare industries.

View the guidelines and procedures for submitting testimony. Requests to provide oral testimony are due August 28. The record for written testimony closes September 15, 2017, at 5:00 pm ET.

Plan to attend? The August 31 Representative Hearing on Facility-Based Requirements on the Delivery of Person-Centered Care will be held at the National Institute of Building Sciences, located at 1090 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Please notify the Institute if you plan to attend.

To call in: Interested parties may call in: 866-628-8620 – passcode: 494845#. Please note, call-in parties will not be able to provide testimony.

Still have questions? Contact the AHI Program Director.

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