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New NIBS-NBI Energy Tool to Help Cities Set Framework to Achieve Performance Goals

March 14, 2019 - 11:54am

Now Available on the WBDG

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) have developed a new tool, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, to help jurisdictions tackle energy use in buildings. The Life-Cycle Energy Performance Framework for Cities is now available on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? web portal.

Buildings are responsible for a significant portion ? often the largest portion ? of energy use or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within city borders. Yet, the cities setting measurable objectives to reduce energy use or GHG emissions are finding policies focused only on new construction are not enough to achieve such goals. They need a coordinated approach that also addresses the existing building stock.

NIBS and NBI convened a team of energy thought leaders to identify strategies cities could implement to address the energy use of buildings in a holistic fashion. Cities require comprehensive, long-term strategies that include policies, programs, administrative resources, tools and on-going funding sources. A few jurisdictions have some of these pieces in place. However, up until now, no single resource has described how these pieces relate to each other or how to implement them as a coherent whole. The Life-Cycle Energy Performance Framework for Cities does just that.

The web-based resource offers introduction and guidance tabs. Through a series of levels and drop downs, users can then customize their own path to implement life-cycle-based energy policies and print out tracking reports based on their responses. The top level, the organizational basis of the Framework, consists of four overarching categories: Leadership; Data, Analysis, and Applications; Mechanisms; and Ensuring Results. The categories are each broken into components with a brief description of the policy action, and examples and links for more information.

Each component has individual activities, structured as Policies, Actions, Resources and Tools, that the user can select based on the priorities and potential strategies of interest to the jurisdiction.

  • Policies require legislative or regulatory action by city leadership (mayor, city council, etc.), or within administrative agencies.
  • Actions are steps that generally should be undertaken at an administrative level.
  • Resources are either investments or capabilities that support realization of program goals.
  • Tools can be developed internally at the city level or at a national level and provide the mechanism to accomplish a specific strategy.

The user can use the drop-down menus associated with each individual element to designate the status of the element, including:

  • In Place: currently implemented and functioning.
  • In Process: in the process of being implemented.
  • In Planning: resources and processes are being identified for implementation in the near term.
  • In Projections: to be implemented at some point in the future.

To access the tool, users must have an account on the WBDG, which will allow them to customize their Framework, add notes on their timeline, list items to track, generate reports and update content as their jurisdictions make progress.

Log in to start using the Life-Cycle Energy Performance Framework for Cities. Don?t have a free WBDG account? Create one now.

There Are Only Two Weeks Left until NFMT in Baltimore

March 12, 2019 - 2:28pm

Institute to Host Session, FMOC Meeting, Booth at Show

The National Facilities Management and Technology Conference (NFMT) 2019 is only two weeks away! Be sure to attend NFMT 2019 March 26-28 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, attend the National Institute of Building Sciences session on best practices for anti-terrorism security for commercial office buildings, participate in the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) meeting and be sure to stop by our booth in the Expo Hall.

Choose from more than 100 educational sessions, earn continuing education units (CEUs), visit exhibitors in the Expo Hall and attend networking events. Download your free copy of the Show Guide.

While at NFMT, don?t miss these Institute-hosted activities:

  • Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security for Commercial Office Buildings: Improving Building Security and Managing Risk (Session W3.24)
    presented by Bob Payn, Director, Information Technology
    National Institute of Building Sciences

    Wednesday morning, March 27, 10:30 ? 11:30 AM, Room 324

    Does your facility attract attention or include operations that make it a potential target for a terrorist attack? Are you interested in protecting your facility from liability claims from an act of terrorism? To help reduce exposure to terrorism and assist facility owners in seeking SAFETY Act protections for commercial office space, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences, has developed a set of best practices for anti-terrorism security (BPATS) for commercial office buildings and an online evaluation tool. This session will discuss how the BPATS and evaluation process work, the SAFETY Act program and how to integrate BPATS when applying for coverage.
     
  • FMOC Meeting
    Tuesday afternoon, March 26, 2:00 ? 3:00 PM, Room 330

    You are invited to share your knowledge and passion for excellence in facilities management with like-minded professionals as members of the FMOC discuss topics related to transitioning from construction to operations; artificial intelligence (AI) in building; designing for maintainability; the total cost of ownership; ISO 41000: Standards in Facility Management; and comprehensive capital reinvestment prioritization for a property portfolio: a risk-based approach.
     
  • Display Booth in the Expo Hall
    Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28, Booth 2563

    More than 500 of the nation?s most innovative top-tier companies will showcase their products and services in the largest expo hall for facilities professionals. Be sure to stop by the National Institute of Building Sciences display at Booth 2563 in the Expo Hall to learn more about the FMOC, WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? information portal, Construction to Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard and other Institute resources available to the FM community.

Register Today for Free!

The education sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hall at NFMT are all free to Institute members who register in advance. No priority code is needed. Register today!

National Institute of Building Sciences to Host BECx Workshop at CxEnergy 2019

February 27, 2019 - 10:29am

Attend the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) Workshop April 16 and earn credits toward a joint NIBS/ASTM certificate in BECx. Held in conjunction with the CxEnergy 2019 Conference & Expo, April 16-18, at the Caribe Royal Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida, this one-day BECx Workshop offers three, two-hour modules as part of the NIBS/ASTM education certificate program.

The modules include:

  • BECx Standards and Process: 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, as well as discussion of potential challenges and opportunities for implementing BECx within each of these standards.
     
  • BECx Laboratory Testing: 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.
     
  • BECx Control Layers 2: This module will present theories and practices that center on design and specification of ?layers? for air leakage and air leakage control, in particular, air barriers. It also will explain the enclosure?s role in sheltering the building against water and vapor penetration, most particularly at the joints between materials or components. It will discuss BECx design reviews in terms of the control layers that protect the enclosure.

The workshop instructors are Will Babbington, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal and Fa?ade Design Director at Studio NYL in Denver, Colorado; Elizabeth O. Cassin, RA, LEED AP, Associate Principal and Unit Manager at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois; Andrea DelGiudice, PE, Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in
Washington, D.C.; and Brian H. Neely, AIA, CDT, BECxP, Senior Project Manager at Gale Associates Inc. in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

NIBS BECx Workshop participants receive a 10% discount to CxEnergy 2019. The sixth annual CxEnergy Conference & Expo offers 32 American Institute of Architects-approved technical presentations for commissioning; testing, adjusting & balancing (TAB); and energy management professionals. Hear case studies and best practices on how to optimize building performance; extend the life cycle of vital heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and building systems; and improve occupant comfort. Over 40 companies in the Expo Hall will showcase software, instruments, controls and services for building, facility and measurement & verification (M&V) managers.

CxEnergy is presented by the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) and the Energy Management Association (EMA). Supporting Organizations include NIBS, the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and Project Haystack.

Register for the BECx Workshop. Use promo code NIBS10 to receive a 10% discount on CxEnergy 2019.

National Institute of Building Sciences to Host Session, Meeting, Booth at NFMT

February 12, 2019 - 4:25pm

Institute Members Attend for Free

Attend the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference (NFMT) 2019 and discover the latest facility trends on improving operations; construction, renovation and retrofit; and staffing and services. NFMT 2019 takes place March 26-28 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, don?t miss the chance to learn about National Institute of Building Sciences activities relating to best practices for anti-terrorism security for commercial office buildings, attend the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) meeting and stop by our booth in the Expo Hall.

NFMT is free for Institute members. Your registration includes access to more than 125 educational sessions, entry to the FM Expo, facility tours and networking events.

While at NFMT, don?t miss these Institute-hosted activities:

  • Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security for Commercial Office Buildings: Improving Building Security and Managing Risk (Session W3.24)
    presented by Bob Payn, Director, Information Technology
    National Institute of Building Sciences

    Wednesday morning, March 27, 10:30 ? 11:30 AM, Room 324

    Does your facility attract attention or include operations that make it a potential target for a terrorist attack? Are you interested in protecting your facility from liability claims from an act of terrorism? To help reduce exposure to terrorism and assist facility owners in seeking SAFETY Act protections for commercial office space, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences, has developed a set of best practices for anti-terrorism security (BPATS) for commercial office buildings and an online evaluation tool. This session will discuss how the BPATS and evaluation process work, the SAFETY Act program and how to integrate BPATS when applying for coverage.
     
  • FMOC Meeting
    Tuesday afternoon, March 26, 2:00 ? 3:00 PM, Room 330

    You are invited to share your knowledge and passion for excellence in facilities management with like-minded professionals as members of the FMOC discuss topics related to transitioning from construction to operations; artificial intelligence (AI) in building; designing for maintainability; the total cost of ownership; ISO 41000: Standards in Facility Management; and comprehensive capital reinvestment prioritization for a property portfolio: a risk-based approach.
     
  • Display Booth in the Expo Hall
    Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28, Booth 2563

    More than 500 of the nation?s most innovative top-tier companies will showcase their products and services in the largest expo hall for facilities professionals. Be sure to stop by the National Institute of Building Sciences display at Booth 2563 in the Expo Hall to learn more about the FMOC, WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? information portal, Construction to Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard and other Institute resources available to the FM community.

Register Today for Free!

The education sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hall at NFMT are all free to Institute members who register in advance. No priority code is needed. Register today!

Institute Honors Exceptional Service during Annual Awards Ceremony

January 23, 2019 - 10:14am

Each year, the National Institute of Building Sciences hosts an Awards Reception and Banquet to recognize individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to the Institute, the building community and the nation. Institute board, staff and members honored the 2018 award winners at an annual awards ceremony held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The 2018 Institute Member Award Goes to?

Cheryl A. Smith, AIA, LEED-AP, (center) principal at Cope-Linder Architects in Philadelphia, accepts the Institute Member Award from Institute Board Chairman Joseph Donovan (right) and Institute President Lakisha A. Woods.

The Institute Member Award goes to a member of the Institute who has made a substantial contribution in support of the mission, goals and objectives of the Institute. Institute Board Chairman Joseph Donovan and Institute President Lakisha A. Woods presented the 2018 Member Award to Cheryl A. Smith, AIA, LEED-AP, principal at Cope-Linder Architects in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Smith received the award in recognition of her tireless work and dedicated leadership in planning the fifth triennial BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology? (BEST5), hosted in Philadelphia in 2018. The event brought together the building community to share invaluable research, best practices, case studies and the latest technologies with the best and brightest leaders in building enclosure design. It was Smith?s idea to showcase the work of local firms and homegrown projects at BEST5, which brought a rich new dimension to the conference series.

?The blend of the national expertise, the authentic Philadelphia passion and the remarkable conversations and forged friendships during the conference inspired us to continue our journey and commitment to advocate for more building sciences in our design and construction,? said Smith, upon accepting the award.

The 2018 Institute Honor Award Goes to?

Sponsors of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report accept the Institute Honor Award from Institute Board Chairman Joseph Donovan (left) and Institute President Lakisha A. Woods (right). Pictured from left: Donovan; Robert Ivy, chief executive officer of The American Institute of Architects; Whitford E. Remer, counsel and director, public policy, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety; Seth Statler, director, government affairs, National Fire Protection Association; Dominic Sims, CBO, chief executive officer, International Code Council; and Woods.

The Institute Honor Award goes to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the nation and the building community. Institute Board Chairman Joseph Donovan and President Lakisha A. Woods presented the 2018 Honor Award to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, International Code Council, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, National Fire Protection Association and American Institute of Architects in recognition of their support of the development of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report. The report highlighted the benefits of two mitigation strategies: federally funded mitigation grants and designing buildings to exceed the provisions of the model codes. This report and the subsequent 2018 Interim Report provide valuable data showing the positive impact of current mitigation efforts and offer information on potential mitigation strategies that communities can implement to reduce the impacts of natural hazards.

?These organizations?provided financial sponsorship, technical engagement and the dissemination of project results,? said Chairman Donovan, upon presenting the award to the sponsors. ?Through their participation, the impact of the Institute?s work is greatly expanded.?

The 2018 President?s Award Goes to?

President Emeritus Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA presents the 2018 President?s Award to Executive Assistant to the President Holly A. Velez.

The Institute President's Award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of extraordinary efforts to assist in advancing the mission of the Institute. Institute President Emeritus Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA presented the 2018 President?s Award to Executive Assistant to the President Holly A. Velez, in recognition of her years of unparalleled support, insightful assistance and dedication to the National Institute of Building Sciences and for being a confidant to him during his role as president. The relationship forged over many years will long stand as a testament to her work ethic and commitment. ?I will always cherish her assistance, friendship and unwavering support as this is the seal of my success at the Institute and throughout my career,? said Green, during his introduction.

?It?s been great. Thank you for taking a chance on me so many years ago,? responded Velez, upon accepting the award.? You?ve been a great mentor and friend and I?ve enjoyed every minute of our time together. I hope I can make my new president just as proud.?

The 2018 Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to?

President Emeritus Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA accepts the Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award while Marshall?s daughter, Joy Marshall Ortiz, AIA, NCARB, immediate past secretary of the Institute Board and president of The Marshall Group, looks on.

The Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, the Institute's highest honor, goes to someone who has demonstrated a lifetime of dedication to the mission and goals of the Institute. Established in 2011 and named after the organization's first member who passed away in 2018, this award is bestowed upon those who exhibit the passion upon which the Institute is founded. Chairman Donovan presented the 2018 Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award to President Emeritus Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Institute over his decade of service.

?Ten years ago, when I came to the Institute, I said, ?Angela [my wife], it?s just like we?re going to go to college?we?ll be there four years?but we?ll have money??,? said Green, upon accepting his award. ?And now, 10 years later, it?s been an incredible run. It?s been exhilarating; it?s been challenging; it?s been the pinnacle of my career. So many of you are a part of it?I look across the expanse of this room and I can say that there are markers along the way. Every one of you have assisted and helped me to get where I am at today. As my dad said to me a long time ago, ?Leave a mark, not a blot.? I pray that I?ve left a mark.?

Earlier in 2018, the Institute issued a call to industry for nominations to identify potential award recipients. The Awards Committee reviewed the submissions and selected winners from the nominees, based on how their work meets the mission, objectives and goals of the Institute.

The Awards Committee will solicit nominations for 2019 awards in late spring of 2019, with nominations due in July.

Institute Recognizes 2018 Beyond Green? Award Winners

January 22, 2019 - 4:17pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences recognized the winners of the 2018 Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Awards Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at its Annual Awards Banquet, held during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Honor Award, First Place, High-Performance Buildings Category

Institute Chairman Joseph Donovan (left) and Institute President Lakisha A. Woods (right) present a 2018 Beyond Green? Honor Award, First Place in the High-Performance Buildings Category, to Ruth Chao, corporate affairs manager, Delta Electronics (Americas) for Delta?s new headquarters.

A 2018 Beyond Green? Honor Award, First Place in the High-Performance Buildings Category, went to Delta Electronics (Americas), Ltd. for its new headquarters in Fremont, California. Delta?s state-of-the-art, 178,000-square foot headquarters stands as a testament to its commitment to providing innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow through products that allow for a reduction in energy consumption among corporations, homes and communities across the globe. To effectively demonstrate this and to serve as an example of sustainable corporate design that could be emulated across other enterprises, Delta set the ambitious goal of designing and building the first certified LEED Platinum office in Fremont without compromising functionality, productivity or aesthetics.

?Delta?s commitment to its community and employees through this high-performance building is evident,? said Nancy McNabb, AIA, Beyond Green? juror and principal at McNabb & Associates. ?Demonstrating how its products can contribute to high-performance buildings across the country is equally admirable.?

Every design was done purposefully?As a result, our facility is 60 percent more energy efficient than conventional buildings of similar size,? explained Delta?s Ruth Chao, corporate affairs manager, Delta Electronics (Americas), upon accepting the award. ?Beyond energy efficiency, we also focused on community when designing our Americas Headquarters. Since we?re right next to the San Andreas Fault, we?ve designed the building to be 20 percent above the California earthquake standards, so in case of catastrophe, this building will act as a shelter. We?re also right next to the San Francisco Bay, so we raised our elevation to be 13 feet above sea level in preparation for the 100-year flood.?

Honor Award, First Place, High-Performance Buildings Category

Representatives from the Sonoma Academy?s Janet Durgin Guild & Commons project embrace upon receiving a 2018 Beyond Green? Honor Award, First Place in the High-Performance Buildings Category. Pictured from left are Institute Chairman Joseph Donovan; Adam Woltag, AIA, LEED AP, partner, WRNS Studio; Rick Theis, Sonoma Academy trustee; and Pauline Souza, AIA, LEED Fellow, partner and director of sustainability, WRNS Studio, who served as lead architect.

A 2018 Beyond Green? Honor Award, First Place in the High-Performance Buildings Category went to Sonoma Academy for its new Janet Durgin Guild & Commons facility in Santa Rosa, California. Since its inception, Sonoma Academy recognized the opportunity to connect resiliency, circular economy, resource efficiencies and social justice. For the Janet Durgin Guild and Commons project, a two-story, 19,500-square foot learning facility, the team employed a nature- and human-centered design approach focused on fresh air, daylighting, sustainable systems, healthy material selection and local resources. The project sought to achieve LEED v3 Platinum, Living Building Challenge and WELL Building Standard Education Pilot benchmarks. It is the first project in Sonoma County and one of only a few nationwide to simultaneously reach these benchmarks.

?The Sonoma Academy project stood out by setting and achieving multiple ambitious goals that reflect each of the Beyond Green? priorities,? said Jason Hartke, Beyond Green? juror and president of the Alliance to Save Energy. ?In doing such an elegant job of balancing these many noteworthy objectives, it is worthy of an Honor Award.?

?It?s about?making sure everything is evident to the students, because that?s who we are trying to connect to,? said Lead Architect Pauline Souza, AIA, LEED Fellow, partner and sustainability director at WRNS Studio, upon accepting the award. ?It?s about everything doing service.?

Merit Award, High-Performance Buildings Category

Lori Arguelles, president and chief executive officer of The Alice Ferguson Foundation (center); Karen Jensen Miles, facilities and land use manager, The Alice Ferguson Foundation; and Justin Weisser, RA, LEED AP, BECxP, architect, RE:Vision Architecture, address the audience upon accepting a 2018 Beyond Green? Award of Merit in the High-Performance Buildings Category for the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Environmental Education Center.

A 2018 Beyond Green? Award of Merit in the High-Performance Buildings Category went to the Alice Ferguson Foundation's Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Environmental Education Center in Accokeek, Maryland. Blending in with its surroundings, the 3,000-square foot education and event building was designed to achieve zero-energy and -water performance. Challenging site conditions encouraged the design team to look to nature for design solutions to address abundant groundwater and sub-par solar access. The building achieved full Living Building Challenge Certification and LEED Platinum benchmarks.

?The Foundation?s mission parallels the ideals expressed in the Beyond Green? Awards,? said Arpan Bakshi, Beyond Green? juror and associate at Foster + Partners in London, England. ?Their ability to capture these ideals in the project is worthy of recognition.?

?In Maryland, there?s actually a requirement that every student graduate environmentally literate,? said Lori Arguelles, president and chief executive officer of The Alice Ferguson Foundation, which runs the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Environmental Center . ?We draw from nature because we believe that nature is the very best classroom to teach anything?The idea is that when you?re in this building, you don?t feel like you?re inside. You feel like you?re outside.?

Honor Award, First Place, Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities Category

Mike Mazor, PhD, Fellow, Carbon Mitigation, Olympic & Sports Solutions, Dow (right) shakes hands with Institute Chairman Joseph Donovan upon accepting a 2018 Beyond Green? Honor Award, First Place in the Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities Category for Dow?s program, the Olympic Movement: A Low-Carbon Legacy.

A 2018 Beyond Green? Honor Award, First Place in the Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities Category went to Dow and its Olympic Movement Initiative: A Low-Carbon Legacy. As the Official Carbon Partner of the Organizing Committees of Olympic Games Sochi 2014 (Russia) and Rio 2016 (Brazil), Dow partnered with the Organizing Committees to balance their carbon footprints. Building on the success of these programs, Dow was appointed the Official Carbon Partner of the International Olympic Committee in 2017. Under this partnership, Dow is taking the carbon reduction framework beyond the Games and the host cities to develop tailor-made carbon mitigation programs around the world. To date, six projects have targeted applications in the built environment. Through its carbon mitigation projects, Dow already has delivered 4.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emission reductions, of which 3 million tonnes came from built environment projects.

?The jury was impressed with Dow?s use of the international stage of the Olympics to bring attention to a global issue like climate change,? said Beyond Green? Juror Jason Hartke.

?It?s like a nice match made in heaven?We have the technology, we have the opportunity, we have the need and we combine it all together in this space,? said Mike Mazor, PhD, Fellow, Carbon Mitigation, Olympic & Sports Solutions at Dow, upon accepting the award. ?We can go back and say, ?If you do this, and you measure these variables, you will have greenhouse gas emission reduction, you will have energy savings, you will have dollar savings,? so it?s really quite a robust program.?

Merit Award, Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities Category

Institute Chairman Joseph Donovan (left) and Institute President Lakisha A. Woods present Deane Evans, FAIA, Executive Director of the Center for Building Knowledge at New Jersey Institute of Technology, a 2018 Beyond Green? Award of Merit in the Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities Category for its Community Microgrids Planning Academy.

A 2018 Beyond Green? Award of Merit in the Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities Category went to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) for its Community Microgrids Planning Academy. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs provided a grant to the NJIT Center for Resilient Design to create an online educational program?the Community Microgrids Planning Academy?to help New Jersey mayors and their staffs understand and begin to develop community microgrids in their jurisdictions. Using networked buildings to power resilient community microgrids is a new but rapidly growing trend across the country. The Community Microgrids Planning Academy will help communities join this trend in community resilience and sustainability.

?Microgrids are an important element of sustainability and community resilience,? said Beyond Green? Juror Nancy McNabb. ?Other states and institutions should follow NJIT?s lead in providing education on this topic.?

?At the community scale?individual buildings within the community become power generators,? said Deane Evans, FAIA, executive director of the Center for Building Knowledge at NJIT, upon accepting the award. ?That?s a really interesting paradigm shift.?

During the Beyond Green? portion of the Institute?s Annual Awards Banquet, the recipients each gave slide presentations highlighting their award-winning topics. The winners will be featured as case studies on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide?. To view case studies of Beyond Green? winners from previous years, visit the WBDG.

Institute Welcomes 2019 Board, Says Farewell to Retiring Directors

January 17, 2019 - 10:34am

The National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes new members to its Board of Directors this January and says goodbye to retiring directors.

Charlie (Chuck) D. Curlin, Jr. PE, CEM, CPD; Russell Manning, PhD, LEED AP, CEFP, CRL; Daniel E. Nichols, PE, IAAI-FIT; and Dominic Sims, CBO, are the newest members of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.

Curlin is principal of Shultz Engineering Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. A registered professional engineer in 13 states, he works on business management, client relations, project management, mentoring and mechanical, plumbing and fire protection engineering projects at the firm. He has experience on a wide range of project types, from manufacturing facilities, biomedical laboratories and federal buildings to churches, hospitals, retail and multi-family housing units. An active participant of ASHRAE at both the regional and national levels, Curlin received ASHRAE?s Distinguished Service Award, Student Activities Achievement Award, Regional Award of Merit and Chapter Service Award. Curlin will serve a three-year term, representing professional engineers in the industry category.

Dr. Manning is the founding principal of Manning Consult, LLC and additionally serves as the virtual design and construction engineer for the Pennsylvania State University. He previously worked with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Health Agency (DHA) as the facilities chief of operations and asset visibility, managing the DOD military health system?s annual $1 billion sustainment, restoration and modernization program and enterprise-wide facilities asset visibility and analytics, supporting approximately 70 million gross square feet in over 2,300 buildings across 13 countries. Dr. Manning will serve a three-year term.

Dan Nichols is assistant director of fire/life safety for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad. He oversees the fire and life safety of the organization?s 2,800 square mile territory, annually moving over 86 million passengers throughout southeast New York and southwest Connecticut. He previously worked for New York?s Division of Building Standards and Codes as a fire protection engineer, where he led the state?s participation in the code and standard development processes of different standard developing organizations and allied building organizations. Nichols will serve a three-year term, representing infrastructure in the public interest category.

Dominic Sims, CBO, is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the International Code Council (ICC) where he is responsible for the overall activities and financial performance of the association, including its five subsidiaries. Prior to his work with ICC, Sims served as the CEO of the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) and helped guide the consolidation of the three regional code entities that formed the ICC. Sims has served on the boards of SBCCI, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and several other professional associations. Sims will serve a three-year term, representing standards organizations in the industry category.

In addition, Board member Paul R. Bertram, Jr., FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, GGP, of PRB Connect, and Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, FASCE, Anne Ellis, LLC were reelected to serve second terms. Bertram will represent material manufacturers in the industry category and Ellis will represent professional engineers in the public interest category.

Chairman Joseph Donovan, senior vice president at Beacon Capital Partners, and Vice Chair Carl Hedde, senior vice president (retired) at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., will serve another one-year term on the Executive Committee. Ellis joins the Executive Committee as treasurer and Thomas Izbicki, PE, FSFPE of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. as secretary.

The Institute?s Nominations Committee recommended the slate of officers, returning board members and new members, which the Board unanimously approved at their meeting in October. The officers and members were seated following the January 7 Board meeting during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo, held January 7-10, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

They all join presiding Board members Lane J. Beougher, FAIA, FCSI, LEED AP BD+C, Ohio Facilities Construction Commission; Brian E. Garbecki, PE, LEED AP, Gilbane Building Company; Timothy H. Haahs, PE, AIA, Timothy Haahs & Associates; Brian Larson, PE, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.; Susan A. Maxman, FAIA; Scott A. McDonald, City of Denton, Texas; Thomas H. Phoenix, PE, LEED AP, FASHRAE, Clark Patterson Lee; Donald L. Pratt, Construction Education & Consulting Services of Michigan, LLC; Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, General Motors Company; James ?Tim? T. Ryan, CBO, City of Overland Park, Kansas (retired); James Timberlake, FAIA, KieranTimberlake; and Mary B. Verner, MES, JD, Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Past President Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol (retired); Past Treasurer Cindy L. Davis, CBO, deputy director, Building and Fire Regulation Division at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development; Richard B. Hayter, PE, associate dean of engineering for external affairs at Kansas State University (retired); and Past Secretary Joy Marshall Ortiz, AIA, NCARB, president of The Marshall Group, all retired from the Board.

View the complete list of the 2019 National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.

2018 Moving Forward Report Looks at Existing Buildings

January 10, 2019 - 12:21pm

Consultative Council Releases Report at Building Innovation 2019

Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council released its 2018 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council, during its Annual Meeting, held as part of Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo.

The Consultative Council brings together representatives from leading organizations that represent all aspects of design, construction, operation and regulation to examine important issues before the industry. Each year, the Council develops a Moving Forward Report to examine some of these challenges and offer findings and recommendations on how to overcome them. The summarized report becomes part of the Institute?s Annual Report, which goes to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress.

In the 2018 report, the Consultative Council addresses ways to improve the performance of the nation?s existing building stock. The Council outlines efforts undertaken to date and the challenges that still remain. The report is intended to be a starting point for a much broader dialogue across the building industry and with policymakers, and offers a number of recommendations to move forward.

Existing buildings are a key asset to the nation. However, they can become a drag on communities and the economy if they no longer meet the needs of today?s society. Meanwhile, the needs of society are shifting. Policymakers, building tenants and owners are placing increased emphasis on the performance of buildings, including sustainability, health and resilience. The existing building stock must be prepared to respond.

There are over 5.6 million commercial buildings and 118 million housing units in the United States. The average age is 41.7 years old, but most are 15 years or older. The vast majority, both by number and square footage, are small (less than 50,000 square feet.)

When it comes to achieving high-performance buildings, existing buildings present a unique set of challenges. They are highly variable; no two are alike. There are limited opportunities for intervention to improve performance. Varying ownership models exist. Nearly 100,000 properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The electric grid infrastructure is in the process of transforming. In addition, policymakers and citizens have multiple high-performance goals for their communities.

The Council looked at ways to address these challenges, including:

  • Financing and Incentives ? While most building and home owners recognize the benefits that can happen when a building or home is upgraded, in almost every case, those changes require financing.
  • Codes and Standards ? In the United States, a number of codes and standards developing organizations publish documents that specifically relate to existing buildings and the challenges discussed in the report.
  • Materials and Waste ? Existing buildings, both in their initial design and construction and in operations, have a significant influence on resource use.
  • Workforce ? To effectively execute retrofit measures and the ongoing operations and maintenance of existing buildings, the nation requires a workforce with the necessary skills and abilities.
  • Information Resources and Market Drivers ? Information is power. Improving the building stock and individual buildings requires information on their current status and a future state for which to strive.

The Consultative Council offers 11 recommendations in the report, among them:

  • Congress should pass long-term tax incentives that encourage investments in the retrofit of existing buildings and the establishment of an infrastructure to support such incentives.
  • All building owners, including federal state and local governments, should identify opportunities to recognize personnel credentials to support achievement of their missions through both hiring practices and the process of procuring services.
  • Federal agencies should support research aimed at identifying improvements to building codes and other criteria that can provide cost-effective approaches to enhanced building performance.
  • Standards developers, with the support and expertise from federal agencies, should undertake standards development focused on the effective reuse of building products in recognition of their embodied energy.

Download the Consultative Council?s 2018 Moving Forward Report.

Learn more about the Consultative Council.

 

National Institute of Building Sciences Refreshes Brand

January 8, 2019 - 2:21pm

Unveils New Logo at Building Innovation 2019

Today, during the Opening Keynote Breakfast at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, in Washington, D.C., the Institute revealed its refreshed logo and brand identity. 

The revitalized brand is a result of extensive research and evaluation of the Institute?s unique role within the building design and construction industry. With the launch of the refreshed brand identity, the Institute is well positioned for the future.

Included in the revitalized brand identity is a new brand promise:

?Delivering solutions that positively impact the built environment by leading collaboration across the industry and advancing innovation in building science & technology.?

The Institute remains dedicated to unbiased research and thought leadership while preparing the industry for new paradigms. This brand promise aims to convey the Institute?s role in the industry, spearheading collaborative discussions by providing a forum for stakeholders to engage with one another. The Institute?s stakeholders have the opportunity to generate ideas and cross-disciplinary solutions to improve the built environment.

The new logo visually represents the Institute?s mission and values. The logo maintains the Institute colors and its architectural elements convey the Institute?s strong foundation, defining the organization and how it remains firmly rooted in the industry.  The open, interconnected structure of the pillars represents the collaborative and inclusive nature of the Institute. The arches visually demonstrate how the Institute's work is interconnected with the standards of care used, linking its work with its mission and values.

The four arches are intended to represent the core areas of focus for the Institute:

  • Industry Leadership and Advocacy
  • Security and Disaster Preparedness
  • Facility Performance and Sustainability
  • Information Resources and Technologies

The arches also tie into the four main areas of work the U.S. Congress entrusted to the Institute:

  • Research
  • Publications
  • Federal Work
  • Councils & Committees

In addition, the Institute refined its tagline to be: Innovative Solutions for the Built Environment.

With its refreshed brand, the Institute will continue to serve the nation with a strengthened commitment to developing and implementing innovative solutions for the built environment.

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

January 8, 2019 - 10:41am

Looks at Benefits that Can Be Achieved by  Designing Buildings to Up-to-Date Codes

Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued the next report in its multi-year study on the benefits of investing in hazard mitigation. The Institute unveiled the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report during the Opening Keynote Breakfast held at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.

The 2018 Interim Report highlights the significant savings that result from implementing mitigation strategies in terms of safety, and the prevention of property loss and disruption of day-to-day life. The report is a compilation of the project team?s results to this point and includes the finding from the 2017 Interim Report, released in January 2018, and a second report, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure, released in October 2018.

For this part of the ongoing study, the Institute?s project team looked at the benefits of designing buildings to meet the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2018 International Building Code (IBC)?the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC)?versus the prior generation of codes represented by 1990-era design and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements. The project team found a national benefit of $11 for every $1 invested.

Based on the project team?s estimates, communities that consistently meet the latest editions of commonly adopted code requirements, culminating in the 2018 IRC and IBC, have added 30,000 new jobs to the construction-materials industry and an approximate .3% increase in utilization of domestically produced construction materials for each year of new construction (over what would have been if buildings were designed as they were in 1990).

The code-related mitigation strategies the project team studied demonstrated that:

  • For flood resistance, incorporating at least one foot of freeboard into the elevation requirements to comply with the 2018 I-Codes saved $6 for every $1 invested.
  • For resistance to hurricane winds, complying with roofing and a variety of openings and connection detailing requirements in the 2018 I-Codes saved $10 for every $1 invested.
  • For resistance to earthquakes, building new buildings stronger and stiffer relative to comply with the 2018 I-Codes saved $12 for every $1 invested.

The report determined that these benefits carry over to all building stakeholders, from developers, title holders and lenders, to tenants and communities.

In the 2017 Interim Report, released at this time last year, the Institute?s project team looked at the results of 23 years of federally funded mitigation grants provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and found mitigation funding can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation.

In the 2017 report, the project team also looked at scenarios that focus on designing new buildings to exceed provisions of the 2015 IBC and IRC and meeting the 2015 International Wildland Urban Interface Code, which demonstrated that investing in hazard mitigation measures to exceed select code requirements can save the nation $4 for every $1 spent.

The report released in October 2018 looked at case studies for utility and transportation infrastructure based on EDA grants and California projects. In further analysis, the project team found a national benefit of $4 for every $1 invested.

In 2005, the Institute released its original mitigation report, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities, which was funded by FEMA. That study determined FEMA mitigation grants to have a benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 4:1. One of the report?s key findings, ?For every $1 spent on mitigation, there is a $4 return of avoided losses in the future,? is often cited by Congress and the media.

As were the preceding reports, the 2018 Interim Report is an independent work, funded with the support of public- and private-organizations interested in expanding the understanding of the benefits of hazard mitigation. Sponsors for the study include FEMA, HUD, EDA, ICC, IBHS, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Funding is still needed to study the benefits of additional mitigation strategies.

To vet the methodology used and ensure the 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 the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report.

Off-Site Construction Council Releases Results of Industry Survey

January 7, 2019 - 10:31am
Four years after the National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) conducted an initial survey to gain an understanding of how the U.S. construction sector is using off-site construction techniques and technologies, the Council issued a follow-up survey to see how the industry?s use has changed. Today, at its annual meeting held during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, the OSCC released the report compiling the 2018 industry survey results.

A total of 205 participants from around the country responded to the 2018 survey. The respondents came from across the building industry, representing the diversity of stakeholders involved in the decision making and implementation of off-site construction. They included construction management and general contractors, engineers, trade contractors, architects and owners/developers.

Here are some of the key findings from the Report of the Results of 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey:

  • Most respondents (87.62%) indicated they had utilized off-site fabricated components to some degree over the past 12 months, while 81.63% expected to utilize off-site construction more often or the same amount in the next 12 months.
  • The participants (who could select multiple categories) are using off-site elements for commercial construction, industrial, healthcare, education, multi-family, hospitality, single-family and data center construction.
  • Respondents indicated that although off-site construction requires moderately or significantly higher levels of engagement, the increased integration and collaboration throughout the delivery process can result in higher quality and reduced changes throughout construction.
  • The respondents identified the primary benefit of off-site construction to be a reduced overall project schedule, and specifically, the duration of the construction phase. Other realized benefits included quality of the product and cost effectiveness.
  • Construction culture and late design changes were the most significant barriers recognized.
  • The survey also pinpointed that the construction manager or general contractor is the one most often to implement off-site construction.
  • The survey indicates that additional education is needed for current decision makers and owners, who have the potential to demand the use of off-site construction.

The OSCC plans to distribute more industry-based surveys to obtain additional data on the state of prefabrication in the construction sector.

View the Report of the Results of 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey.

View resources related to off-site construction.

Learn more about the OSCC, including how to get involved.