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April 21 BSSC Webinar Looks at Steel-Framed Buildings

March 21, 2017 - 5:17pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the third webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Steel-Framed Buildings,” will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The webinar highlights the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials.

A member of BSSC’s Provisions Update Committee, Presenter Rafael Sabelli will introduce the design of seismic force-resisting systems in steel-framed buildings intended to complement the design problems in Chapter 9 of the FEMA P-1051 Design Examples. He also will discuss the design of ordinary concentrically braced frames, special concentrically braced frames and special moment frames.

Rafael is a Principal and Director of Seismic Design at Walter P Moore. Active in the development of seismic design standards for steel systems, he is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Seismic Provisions Committee and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7 Seismic Task Committee. He chairs the AISC Seismic Design Manual Committee and serves as project manager for the five-volume Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Seismic Design Manual. Rafael is co-author of Ductile Design of Steel Structures, and has written extensively on the design and behavior of steel seismic systems. AISC recognized Rafael with a Special Achievement Award and the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees are eligible to earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Steel-Framed Buildings” webinar on April 21. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

BEST5 Technical Committee Issues Call for Abstracts

March 20, 2017 - 2:01pm

Building Enclosure Submissions Due by June 15

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are seeking abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The BEST5 Technical Committee will select approximately 60 abstracts related to building science research, design or practice for conference papers and presentations, panel presentations and poster presentations. Presenters have until June 15, 2017, to submit an abstract.

Topics to be considered include:

  • Quality Management and Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx)
  • Fenestration
  • Building Enclosure Assemblies
  • Solar Applications
  • Sustainability
  • Fire-Related Topics
  • New Materials and Systems
  • Building Retrofits
  • Case Studies
  • Whole Building Simulations and Verification
  • Sealants and Barriers
  • Building Dynamics and Controls
  • Thermal Insulation, Acoustical Materials and Radiant Technology
  • Zero-Energy Buildings
  • High-Performance Buildings
  • Infiltration, Air Exchange and Indoor Air Quality
  • Design and Commissioning
  • Designing for Severe Climates
  • Large-Scale Testing

During the three-day Conference, researchers and practitioners will share knowledge and lessons learned concerning the science and art of the building enclosure. BEST5 will consist of concurrent technical sessions, plenary addresses, a BECx workshop and special programs highlighting Philadelphia’s building technology heritage. The Conference also will feature an exhibit hall with opportunities for one-on-one discussions with industry vendors of state-of-the-art building industry products and services.

The BEST5 technical program will feature both technical conference papers and “presentation only” submissions. The “presentation only” sessions do require an abstract to be submitted and professionally reviewed.

Technical papers and abstracts will be published on the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) portal and considered for publication in the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) or the Journal of Building Physics.

Abstracts are due no later than June 15, 2017. Submit an abstract.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Stubbs, Program Director, sstubbs@nibs.org

Podcast: Board Member, Institute Member Talk Codes

March 10, 2017 - 4:20pm
Board Member Cindy Davis, deputy director of building and fire regulations at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Institute Member Steven Orlowski, the director of codes and standards at the Building Owners and Managers Association International, talk codes with Architect Magazine Editor Wanda Lau on this podcast, ArchitectChats Ep. 11: Dissecting the Code, Part 1 - Raising Expectations. Listen now.

Only One Week Until BSSC’s Precast Concrete Webinar

March 10, 2017 - 1:02pm

There is still time to register for the webinar, “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures,” hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC). This is the second webinar in the 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinars highlight the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials. The webinar will be held next Friday, March 17, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The 2015 Provisions contains two significant items related to the design of diaphragms that changed from the 2009 Provisions. First, it includes a proposed modification to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures to add a new section, 12.10.3, “Alternative Design Provisions for Diaphragms including Chords and Collectors,” which has since been approved for inclusion in ASCE 7-16. The new section provides for an alternative determination of diaphragm design force level, which is mandatory for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to seismic design category (SDC) C, D, E or F and is permitted to be used for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to SDC B. The 2015 Provisions includes a second proposed modification to ASCE 7-10 to add a section, 14.2.4, “Additional Design and Detailing Requirements for Precast Concrete Diaphragms.” That new section, which contains detailed seismic design provisions for precast concrete diaphragms, including a connector qualification protocol, also has been accepted for inclusion in ASCE 7-16.

The presenter for the “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar, Dr. S.K. Ghosh, will introduce attendees to the alternative seismic design force level and the precast concrete design methodology, which are the subject of FEMA P-1051, 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Design Examples, Chapter 6. He also will introduce many of the diaphragm design examples in FEMA P-1051, Chapter 11. He will discuss examples of a precast (vertical) seismic force-resisting system, including the design of an intermediate precast concrete shear wall building in a region of low or moderate seismicity; the design of a special precast concrete shear wall for a single-story industrial warehouse building in a region of high seismicity; and the partial example for the design of a special precast concrete moment frame.

Dr. Ghosh heads his own consulting practice, S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc., in Palatine, Illinois, and Aliso Viejo, California. Formerly the Director, Engineering Services, Codes and Standards at the Portland Cement Association and Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Ghosh is known internationally for his work in earthquake engineering. He has influenced seismic and concrete design provisions in the United States for many years. In addition to authoring numerous publications in the area of structural design, Dr. Ghosh has investigated and reported on structural performance in most recent earthquakes.

He is a fellow of ASCE, SEI, the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Institution of Engineers (India). He is a member of ACI Committee 318: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and the ASCE 7 Standard Committee. Dr. Ghosh has served on the Boards of the BSSC, ACI and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). In 2004, PCI named him one of 50 “Titans” of the U.S. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry. In 2013, ASCE awarded Ghosh the Walter P. Moore, Jr. Award for his contributions towards improving the consistency, accuracy and clarity of structural codes and standards throughout the United States and abroad. He was recently elected an ACI honorary member.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) Continuing Education Unit or one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar on March 17. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

National Institute of Building Sciences Reaffirms Commitment to UN Global Compact

March 3, 2017 - 2:32pm

Earlier this week, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued a Communication on Engagement (COE) reaffirming its support to the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative, the United Nations (UN) Global Compact.

To demonstrate their continued engagement with the UN Global Compact, non-business participants must submit a COE every two years. The COE discloses to stakeholders specific activities that a non-business participant takes in support of the UN Global Compact.

Two years ago, the Institute initiated its relationship with the UN Global Compact, which has nearly 12,000 business and non-business participants in 160 countries. The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.

The 10 UN Global Compact Principles are as follows:

Human Rights

  • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. 

Labor

  • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
  • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labor; and
  • Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. 

Environment

  • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-Corruption

  • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Global Compact Local Networks can be found in 85 countries across the globe. Within a local context, these networks provide opportunities for participants to improve understanding and share experiences on the 10 Principles and partnerships, as well as how to report on progress in these areas.

The National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes U.S. building industry feedback and participation in realizing the success of the 10 Principles and encourages other organizations to support the UN Global Compact.

View the Institute’s Communication of Engagement.

Learn more about the UN Global Compact.

Two Weeks to Go before BSSC Webinar on Precast Concrete

March 3, 2017 - 9:24am

Don’t miss the second webinar in the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) 2017 series. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinars highlight the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials. The next webinar, “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, March 17, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The 2015 Provisions contains two significant items related to the design of diaphragms that changed from the 2009 Provisions. First, it includes a proposed modification to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures to add a new section, 12.10.3, “Alternative Design Provisions for Diaphragms including Chords and Collectors,” which has since been approved for inclusion in ASCE 7-16. The new section provides for an alternative determination of diaphragm design force level, which is mandatory for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to seismic design category (SDC) C, D, E or F and is permitted to be used for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to SDC B. The 2015 Provisions includes a second proposed modification to ASCE 7-10 to add a section, 14.2.4, “Additional Design and Detailing Requirements for Precast Concrete Diaphragms.” That new section, which contains detailed seismic design provisions for precast concrete diaphragms, including a connector qualification protocol, also has been accepted for inclusion in ASCE 7-16.

The presenter for the “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar, Dr. S.K. Ghosh, will introduce attendees to the alternative seismic design force level and the precast concrete design methodology, which are the subject of FEMA P-1051, 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Design Examples, Chapter 6. He also will introduce many of the diaphragm design examples in FEMA P-1051, Chapter 11. He will discuss examples of a precast (vertical) seismic force-resisting system, including the design of an intermediate precast concrete shear wall building in a region of low or moderate seismicity; the design of a special precast concrete shear wall for a single-story industrial warehouse building in a region of high seismicity; and the partial example for the design of a special precast concrete moment frame.

Dr. Ghosh heads his own consulting practice, S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc., in Palatine, Illinois, and Aliso Viejo, California. Formerly the Director, Engineering Services, Codes and Standards at the Portland Cement Association and Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Ghosh is known internationally for his work in earthquake engineering. He has influenced seismic and concrete design provisions in the United States for many years. In addition to authoring numerous publications in the area of structural design, Dr. Ghosh has investigated and reported on structural performance in most recent earthquakes.

He is a fellow of ASCE, SEI, the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Institution of Engineers (India). He is a member of ACI Committee 318: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and the ASCE 7 Standard Committee. Dr. Ghosh has served on the Boards of the BSSC, ACI and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). In 2004, PCI named him one of 50 “Titans” of the U.S. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry. In 2013, ASCE awarded Ghosh the Walter P. Moore, Jr. Award for his contributions towards improving the consistency, accuracy and clarity of structural codes and standards throughout the United States and abroad. He was recently elected an ACI honorary member.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) Continuing Education Unit or one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar on March 17. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

Institute Sunsets High Performance Building Council

February 22, 2017 - 3:04pm

Passes Mantel to the Building Industry

A decade after the National Institute of Building Sciences established the High Performance Building Council (HPBC), the Institute’s Board of Directors has voted to successfully sunset the program.

The Institute founded the HPBC in 2007 in response to a request from the U.S. Secretary of Energy to assess the existing voluntary standards and rating systems that defined high-performance buildings at the time. Using the integrated approach of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®, which describes high-performance buildings in terms of eight attributes (cost-effectiveness, safety and security, sustainability, accessibility, functionality, productivity, historic preservation and aesthetics), the Council conducted industry-wide research and analysis. The HPBC delivered the resulting report, Assessment to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings, to the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2008.

In the years since, the HPBC worked on the Owners Performance Requirements Tool (OPR) and related report for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T); the report, A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, for DOE; and the National Performance Based Design Guide based on research and development supported by DHS S&T and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service.

The overall mission of the HPBC has permeated into virtually all of the Institute’s other councils and committees; high performance is a primary theme of the Institute’s conferences; and the Institute’s Consultative Council prioritizes high-performance buildings in its recommendations to the president of the United States and Congress. Most significantly, other organizations, including the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, have implemented key activities in support of HPBC goals and are taking steps to move the effort forward across the industry.

The Institute thanks the HPBC Executive Committee and the HPBC membership for their role in achieving these significant accomplishments. As an industry leader and advocate, the Institute will continue to support the industry in developing solutions for high-performance buildings.

BOMA China to Translate Institute’s National BIM Guide for Owners

February 21, 2017 - 4:22pm

This January, following a year-long development process, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) released its new guideline to help building owners utilize building information modeling (BIM). Now, only a month later, the Institute has agreed to allow the Chinese affiliate of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, BOMA China, to translate the National BIM Guide for Owners (NBGO) into Mandarin.

NIBS, with the support of BOMA and ASHRAE, and financial support from the U.S. Department of Defense – Defense Health Agency, compiled a carefully balanced, integrated team to craft the NBGO. Available free online, the NBGO provides building owners with an approach, from their own profession’s standpoint, to create and fulfill BIM requirements for a typical project. The guide addresses three broad areas the owner should understand in order to work effectively with the Project BIM Team: process; infrastructure and standards; and execution.

Hundreds of people from at least 33 countries have since downloaded the guide. The NBGO offers building owners with a documented process and procedure for their design teams to follow to produce a standard set of BIM documents during the design and construction of the facility, and for maintenance and operations of the facility upon handoff.

“Translating the National BIM Guide for Owners will provide building owners in one of the largest economies in the world with the tools they need to understand and apply BIM through the development, construction and operation of their facilities,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA.

The new guideline, which is based on a number of foreign, federal, state and local BIM guides that already exist, is geared to a generic facility with uniform requirements for use by a variety of government, institutional and commercial building owners. It references a range of documents and practices, including those contained within the Institute’s National BIM Standard-United States®.

“Timing of the National BIM Guide for Owners by NIBS is perfect, as there is increased awareness and use of BIM in China,” said Dominic Lau, the executive director of BOMA China. “This guide would be very helpful for our members to develop and implement their BIM application. I wish to thank NIBS and BOMA International for sharing international best practice with our members.”

BOMA China will provide copies of the translation to their members in China, in both print and electronic versions. The translation is expected to be complete within six months. Download the English version today.

March 17 BSSC Webinar to Address Precast Concrete

February 16, 2017 - 2:48pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the second webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, March 17, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The webinar highlights the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials. Download the Provisions and supporting materials.

The 2015 Provisions contains two significant items related to the design of diaphragms that changed from the 2009 Provisions. First, it includes a proposed modification to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures to add a new section, 12.10.3, “Alternative Design Provisions for Diaphragms including Chords and Collectors,” which has since been approved for inclusion in ASCE 7-16. The new section provides for an alternative determination of diaphragm design force level, which is mandatory for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to seismic design category (SDC) C, D, E or F and is permitted to be used for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to SDC B. The 2015 Provisions includes a second proposed modification to ASCE 7-10 to add a section, 14.2.4, “Additional Design and Detailing Requirements for Precast Concrete Diaphragms.” That new section, which contains detailed seismic design provisions for precast concrete diaphragms, including a connector qualification protocol, also has been accepted for inclusion in ASCE 7-16.

The presenter for the “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar, Dr. S.K. Ghosh, will introduce attendees to the alternative seismic design force level and the precast concrete design methodology, which are the subject of FEMA P-1051, 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Design Examples, Chapter 6. He also will introduce many of the diaphragm design examples in FEMA P-1051, Chapter 11. He will discuss examples of a precast (vertical) seismic force-resisting system, including the design of an intermediate precast concrete shear wall building in a region of low or moderate seismicity; the design of a special precast concrete shear wall for a single-story industrial warehouse building in a region of high seismicity; and the partial example for the design of a special precast concrete moment frame.

Dr. Ghosh heads his own consulting practice, S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc., in Palatine, Illinois, and Aliso Viejo, California. Formerly the Director, Engineering Services, Codes and Standards at the Portland Cement Association and Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Ghosh is known internationally for his work in earthquake engineering. He has influenced seismic and concrete design provisions in the United States for many years. In addition to authoring numerous publications in the area of structural design, Dr. Ghosh has investigated and reported on structural performance in most recent earthquakes.

He is a fellow of ASCE, SEI, the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Institution of Engineers (India). He is a member of ACI Committee 318: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and the ASCE 7 Standard Committee. Dr. Ghosh has served on the Boards of the BSSC, ACI and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). In 2004, PCI named him one of 50 “Titans” of the U.S. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry. In 2013, ASCE awarded Ghosh the Walter P. Moore, Jr. Award for his contributions towards improving the consistency, accuracy and clarity of structural codes and standards throughout the United States and abroad. He was recently elected an ACI honorary member.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) Continuing Education Unit or one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar on March 17. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

Institute Members: Get Three Days Free at NFMT

February 15, 2017 - 9:51am

Three full days of facility management (FM) education, speakers, networking with peers and a giant expo hall are available at no cost to National Institute of Building Sciences members and friends at the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference & Expo (NFMT) 2017, to be held March 7-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

With more than 120 free educational sessions to choose from, you can customize your NFMT facilities management training schedule to specifically address your essential topics of interest. If you are responsible for the management, operations or maintenance of facilities, there is a session for you.

While at NFMT, don’t miss the chance to learn about Institute activities and strategies relating to the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) and the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®.

Be sure to attend the FMOC meeting, which will convene Wednesday afternoon, March 8 at 2:00 PM, in Room 333.

And don’t miss the session, Security and Sustainability Synergies and Conflicts Examined in the Whole Building Design Guide (R1.41) on Thursday, March 9, 9:00 AM, Room 341, presented by Richard Paradis, PE, BSCP Bd. Cert. NCE, Director of the Whole Building Design Guide.

Hundreds 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 2683 to learn more about FMOC, WBDG, the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and other Institute resources available to the FM community.

Download the NFMT Conference Brochure
Download the NFMT digital Conference Brochure. It includes the schedule at-a-glance, descriptions of more than 120 free educational sessions, hotel details, an exhibitor listing, networking events and much more.

Register Now for Free
The education sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hall at NFMT are all free to Institute members. No priority code is needed. Register today.

Early-Bird Rate Ends Tomorrow for 2018 Festival’s Building Science Pavilion

February 14, 2017 - 10:17am

Host a Booth to Engage with the Next Generation of Building Professionals

The early-bird rate to participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Building Sciences Pavilion to inspire and engage the next generation of building industry professionals ends tomorrow.

The National Institute of Building Sciences is partnering with the Festival organizers to host a dedicated Building Sciences Pavilion at the 2018 Festival, to be held April 7-8, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Building industry firms and associations are invited to participate. The early-bird rate closes Wednesday, February 15.

Employers across the building industry are facing similar challenges in attracting and retaining talent to design, construct, operate and regulate buildings. Meanwhile, their existing workforce is nearing retirement. To combat these challenges, the National Institute of Building Sciences developed its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program, which is aimed at inspiring, engaging, educating and employing the next generation of building-related workers.

Under the STEM Education program, the Institute is working to bring together organizations from across the industry to promote the important and rewarding careers available and highlight the current and emerging technologies used by today’s workforce.

Last held in April 2016, the Festival attracted over 315,000 students and parents to explore science and technology across all STEM disciplines. During the 2016 Festival, 18 building-related organizations participated, creating an informal pavilion. Industry groups also produced an ad in Innovation & Technology Today, a media affiliate for the Festival. See a video of Building Science at the 2016 Festival.

The Institute and Festival organizers set a goal of recruiting 30 building-related organizations to participate in the 2018 Festival. Plan to join the Building Science Pavilion? Don’t wait! Early-bird registration to reserve a booth at the Festival ends tomorrow, February 15. Sign up now.

Support the Institute’s STEM Program
The Institute is fundraising to support its STEM-related activities, including the Mars City Facility Operations (Ops) Challenge and the Building Sciences Career Center, which will both be featured at the 2018 Festival, as well as to help fund the coordination of the building industry at the Festival and in other venues. Donate to support the Institute’s STEM activities.

New Report Looks at Energy and Water Performance of Sports Venues

February 7, 2017 - 4:23pm

Input Wanted from Stadium and Arena Operators and Managers

It might not seem like installing a low-flush toilet would have much impact on the daily water use of a family of four, but think what a difference it could make at one football stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. Consider the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, the location of this week’s game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. It has a seating capacity of 71,795, not including the thousands of vendors, security personnel and half-time participants, not to mention the teams themselves. Now, think about the impact that low-flush toilet could have.

A new report released today by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance looks at ways the nation’s sports venues can make an impact by reducing their energy and water use. The report, Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues, considers the potential water and energy reductions the U.S. sports sector could make, and highlights the financial savings some leagues and teams are already seeing from putting such efficiency initiatives into place. The two organizations released the report during the 43rd Annual Stadium Managers Association Seminar, being held February 5 – 9, 2017, in Huntington Beach, California.

“Nothing captures the attention of Americans quite like sports,” said National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “When stadiums and arenas—some of the largest buildings in the nation—set high-performance building goals, it is something everyone can cheer for. We thank representatives from across the sports industry for contributing to this research, and look forward to seeing sports venues take steps to improve their energy and water efficiency.”

Over 240 million fans visit sports venues annually. Total square footage of these facilities easily reaches into the hundreds of millions. Sports teams and clubs employ nearly 60,000 people and generate $22.6 billion in annual revenue. The opportunity for these facility owners to improve energy and water performance of their venues, reduce operating costs and engage their communities is enormous.

“This report is a valuable resource for advancing energy and water performance across the sports industry and further making the business case for sustainability,” said Justin Zeulner, Green Sports Alliance executive director. “Our sports members will benefit from the continued sharing of innovative solutions that emphasize the importance of measuring and tracking energy and water use at sports venues. When we all PLAY GREENER, we all win.”

The report looks at the progress already being made in the nation’s sports venues, challenges to widespread improvement and opportunities to move forward.

In 2016, a project team of representatives from the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance began working on this project with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The team looked at the existing data; conducted workshops and webinars; launched an industry survey; and interviewed representatives from across the sports industry. More than 125 industry representatives participated in these activities, and an additional 20,000 stakeholders received information on the project. This report compiles that data and sets a path for future implementation.

Interested in the findings? Download the report, Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues.

Are you a stadium or arena manager? The survey is still open. Take the survey.

Want more information? The Green Sports Alliance will be hosting a webinar to discuss the report on March 15, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET (10:00 to 11:00 am PT). Register now.

About Green Sports Alliance

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent nearly 400 sports teams and venues from 15 sports leagues in 14 countries. Visit greensportsalliance.org for more information.

Sign Up Now to Reach the Next Generation of Building Professionals in 2018

February 7, 2017 - 10:57am

Early-Bird Rates End February 15 for USA Science & Engineering Festival
Building Sciences Pavilion

Now is the time to lock in an early-bird rate to participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Building Sciences Pavilion to inspire and engage the next generation of building industry professionals.

The National Institute of Building Sciences is partnering with the Festival organizers to host a dedicated Building Sciences Pavilion at the 2018 Festival, to be held April 7-8, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Building industry firms and associations are invited to participate. Sign up by February 15 to get the early-bird rate.

Employees across the building industry are facing similar challenges in attracting and retaining talent to design, construct, operate and regulate buildings. Meanwhile, their existing workforce is nearing retirement. To combat these challenges, the National Institute of Building Sciences developed its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program, which is aimed at inspiring, engaging, educating and employing the next generation of building-related workers.

Under the STEM Education program, the Institute is working to bring together organizations from across the industry to promote the important and rewarding careers available and highlight the current and emerging technologies used by today’s workforce.

Last held in April 2016, the Festival attracted over 315,000 students and parents to explore science and technology across all STEM disciplines. During the 2016 Festival, 18 building-related organizations participated, creating an informal pavilion. Industry groups also produced an ad in Innovation & Technology Today, a media affiliate for the Festival. See a video of Building Science at the 2016 Festival.

The Institute and Festival organizers set a goal of recruiting 30 building-related organizations to participate in the 2018 Festival. Plan to join the Building Science Pavilion? Don’t wait too long! Early-bird registration to reserve a booth at the Festival ends February 15, 2017. Sign up now.

Support the Institute’s STEM Program
The Institute is fundraising to support its STEM-related activities, including the Mars City Facility Operations (Ops) Challenge and the Building Sciences Career Center, which will both be featured at the 2018 Festival, as well as to help fund the coordination of the building industry at the Festival and in other venues. Donate to support the Institute’s STEM activities.

Don’t Miss WBDG, FMOC at NFMT

February 6, 2017 - 2:38pm

Institute Members Attend for Free

Attend the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFMT), to be held March 7-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center, in Baltimore, Maryland, to keep up with best practices and innovations in facility management (FM) and operations, including security, energy management, sustainability, building technologies, communication and data infrastructure in the built environment. While there, don’t miss the chance to learn about National Institute of Building Sciences activities and strategies relating to the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) and the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®. Institute members who register in advance can attend NFMT for free!

Choose from more than 100 free sessions on FM topics delivered by leading authorities in facilities management. This year, the NFMT Conference includes one educational session presented by Institute staff:

Security and Sustainability Synergies and Conflicts Examined
in the Whole Building Design Guide (R1.41)

presented by Richard Paradis, PE, BSCP Bd. Cert. NCE
Director, Whole Building Design Guide

Thursday, March 9, 9:00 AM, Room 341

And be sure not to miss the FMOC meeting, which will convene Wednesday afternoon, March 8 at 2:00 PM, in Room 333.

In addition to the wealth of educational content presented at NFMT, the event also provides attendees with the opportunity to explore new products and technologies in the exhibit hall. Get direct access to hundreds of manufacturers and service providers. Be sure to stop by the National Institute of Building Sciences display at Booth 2683 to learn more about FMOC, WBDG, the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and other Institute resources available to the FM community.

Download the NFMT Conference Brochure
Download the NFMT digital Conference Brochure. It includes the schedule at-a-glance, descriptions of more than 100 free educational sessions, hotel details, an exhibitor listing, networking events and much more.

Register Now for Free
The education sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hall at NFMT are all free to Institute members. No priority code is needed. Register today.

Learn How to Use Layers in this Upcoming NCS Webinar

February 2, 2017 - 10:10am

Industry professionals interested in learning how to use layers in the nation’s leading CAD standard should attend the upcoming webinar hosted by the developers of the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS)—The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). This upcoming free, webinar, “CAD Layers: Why Do We Need Them?” will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET.

The NCS developers host free webinars to give attendees the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of acquiring NCS Version 6 with its added features, such as the new  module on building information modeling (BIM). The NCS streamlines and simplifies the exchange of building design and construction data from project development throughout the life of a facility. It coordinates the efforts of the entire architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry by classifying electronic building design data consistently allowing streamlined communication among owners and design and construction project teams. Use of the NCS can reduce costs and produce greater efficiency in the design and construction process.

In this one-hour presentation, speaker Stephen Spangler will answer the following questions:

  • What is a layer?
  • Why do I need layers?
  • What makes up a layer name?
  • What are some recurring questions regarding implementation of layers at a site?

A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering, Spangler began his career at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. For the past 15 years, he has worked at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) CAD/BIM Technology Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He has been involved with the NCS since Version 1, serving on the NCS Steering Committee and various other committees. Spangler is the author of the USACE A/E/C CAD Standard and A/E/C Graphics Standard documents, both of which are based on the NCS, but add additional U.S. Department of Defense requirements.

The webinar will include a question and answer segment. Attendees can submit their specific questions upon registering for the event. They do not need to own the NCS to attend.

To sign up for the webinar, “CAD Layers: Why Do We Need Them?” to be held February 9 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, register now.

Learn more about the NCS.

Institute Welcomes 2017 Board, Says Farewell to Retiring Directors

February 1, 2017 - 10:23am

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

Lane J. Beougher, FAIA, FCSI; Brian E. Garbecki, PE, LEED AP; and Donald L. Pratt are the newest members of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.

An experienced architect, Lane J. Beougher manages the office of energy services at the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and previously served as state architect. Beougher was a key participant in the effort to reform Ohio’s public construction laws through construction manager at risk and design-build project delivery. He was a major contributor to Ohio’s enterprise-wide web-based project management system and to development of Ohio’s building information modeling (BIM) standards. Beougher will serve a three-year term, representing state officials in the public interest category.

Brian E. Garbecki, PE, LEED AP, is the vice president, healthcare center of excellence leader and director of healthcare at Gilbane Building Company. Garbecki has more than 20 years of healthcare facility experience and has served in multiple project roles, as owner, designer and construction manager, with an emphasis on preconstruction analysis and planning. Recognized by Healthcare Design magazine as one of the “Top 20 Making a Difference on Healthcare Design,” he has contributed to development of numerous health system facility master plans, energy master plans and overseen the execution of projects that have come out of those plans. Garbecki will serve a three-year term, representing contractors in the industry category.

Donald L. Pratt is the owner and chief executive officer of Construction Education & Consulting Services of Michigan, LLC., where he serves as a construction consultant to individuals, builders, remodelers, subcontractors, insurance companies, financial institutions and law firms, and appears as an expert witness on construction-related codes and standards and quality issues. He has hands-on experience in almost every phase of the construction industry. A master builder, he is the qualifying officer of Pratt Building Company and a code enforcement officer for the City of Orchard Lake Village, Michigan. Pratt will serve a three-year term, representing home builders in the industry category.

In addition, Board member Brian Larson, PE, vice president at Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., was reelected to serve a second term. He will represent professional engineers in the industry category.

Chairman Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol; Vice-Chair Joseph Donovan, senior vice president at Beacon Capital Partners; Secretary Joy Marshall Ortiz, AIA, NCARB, executive vice president of The Marshall Group; and Treasurer Wally E. Bailey, director of development services for the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, will serve another one-year term on the Executive Committee.

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 September. The officers and members were seated following the January 9 Board meeting during Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference & Expo, held January 9-12, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

They all join presiding Board members Paul R. Bertram, Jr., FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, GGP, of PRB Connect; Cindy Davis, CBO, of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development; Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, FASCE, Anne Ellis, LLC; Cheryl R. English, FIES, LC, of Acuity Brands; Timothy H. Haahs, PE, AIA, of Timothy Haahs & Associates; Richard Hayter, PE (retired), Kansas State University; Carl Hedde of Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.; Thomas Izbicki, PE, FSFPE, of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.; Susan A. Maxman, FAIA; Thomas L. Mitchell, Jr., CFM, IFMA Fellow, of FM3IS Associates, LLC; James “Tim” T. Ryan, CBO, City of Overland Park, Kansas; James Timberlake, FAIA, of KieranTimberlake; and Mary B. Verner, MES, JD, Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Eric Lamb, executive vice president of DPR Construction in Redwood, California; Jerry Shaheen, LEED AP BD+C, a project executive at the Gilbane Building Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Charles W. Steger, PhD, FAIA, president emeritus of Virginia Tech and executive director of the university’s Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, all retired from the Board but will remain active on several program committees within the Institute.

View the complete list of the 2017 National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.

Institute Honors Industry Leaders during Annual Awards Ceremony

January 25, 2017 - 3:13pm

Each year, the National Institute of Building Sciences hosts an Awards Reception and Dinner 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 2016 award winners at an annual awards ceremony held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, during Building Innovation 2017: The Institute’s Fifth Annual Conference and Expo, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The 2016 Institute Member Award Goes to…

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. The 2016 Member Award went to Ryan E. Smith, Associate Professor and Director of Integrated Technology and Architecture, University of Utah. Though not present to receive his award, Smith was recognized for his work and leadership on the Off Site Construction Council (OSCC). As the founding chair of the OSCC, Smith’s vision and strategic planning fostered a productive start to the Council, which kicked off in 2013. He has since helped to establish the OSCC as a valued research, education and outreach center for relevant and current information on off-site design and construction.

The 2016 Institute Honor Award Goes to…

Ernie Conrad, PE, BOMA Fellow accepts the National Institute of Building Sciences Honor Award on behalf of the National BIM Guide for Owners Committee. “I’m privileged to work with these people who make it all happen,” he said about his fellow committee members.

The Institute Honor Award goes to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the nation and the building community. Institute Board Chairman Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, presented the 2016 Honor Award to the committee responsible for creating the first building information modeling (BIM) guide for building owners, the Institute’s National BIM Guide for Owners Committee. The Committee received the award in recognition of its work creating the first National BIM Guide for Building Owners (NBGO). The NBGO is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guidance document to assist owners through the BIM process, standards and infrastructure required, and BIM execution.

Responding to the needs of increasingly savvy and project-involved building owners, a carefully balanced, integrated team—under the auspices of the Institute, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and ASHRAE—worked together to create the NBGO. Beginning in October 2015, the multidisciplinary team worked collaboratively to bring the 50-page guide from kick-off to final draft review in eight months.

Ernie Conrad, PE, BOMA Fellow, who represented BOMA International on the NBGO Committee, accepted the award on behalf of the team. “I’m privileged to work with these people who make it all happen,” he said about his fellow Committee members.

The 2016 President Award Goes to…

“What an honor and pleasure to work with people who care so deeply…to make our communities more safe and resilient,” said Judge Alice C. Hill, upon accepting the National Institute of Building Sciences President’s Award.

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 Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA presented the 2016 President's Award to the Honorable Alice C. Hill, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the White House National Security Council during the Obama Administration. President Green recognized Judge Hill for “her passion for improving the built environment and as a consistent force in carrying the message to improve how, as a nation, we can address the many perils that face our environment and our communities.”

Judge Hill served as the principal advisor on preparedness and resilience issues arising from climate change. In 2016, she provided leadership in promoting the advancement of building codes and resilience. The White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes offered a unique opportunity for diverse stakeholders to highlight the direct impact that building code development, adoption and administration have on the economic well-being of communities. Through her leadership, the White House also held forums on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience and a National Preparedness Roundtable.

“What an honor and pleasure to work with people who care so deeply…to make our communities more safe and resilient,” said Judge Hill, upon accepting her award. “We all know there are huge risks…but it’s up to us to take the knowledge out there to make things better.”

The 2016 Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to…

Gerald H. Jones, PE (right) shakes hands with National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green (left) and Chairman Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, upon accepting the Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award. “To me, it’s been many years of fun,” he said.

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, this award is bestowed upon those who exhibit the passion upon which the Institute is founded. Chairman Ayers presented the 2016 Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award to Gerald H. Jones, PE, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to improving the seismic safety of the nation’s buildings and their occupants.

Jones worked from 1969 to 1983 for the City of Overland Park, Kansas, serving as the code administrator there before becoming the first director of code administration for Kansas City, Missouri, from 1983 to 1994. He was appointed in the 1970s to serve on the Advisory Committee for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program by the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and went on to chair the Institute’s Building Seismic Safety Council. As the chair of the Multihazard Mitigation Council, he was instrumental in the development of the 2005 study, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities. Jones served on the Institute’s Board of Directors from 1993 until 1999, holding positions on the Executive Committee for all six years, including two years as chairman. His decades of participation have demonstrated a long commitment to the goals and mission of the Institute and exemplify the meaning behind the Marshall Award.

“To me, it’s been many years of fun. Back when the Douglas Commission was created, the issue was to study the housing problem,” said Jones, upon receiving his award. “The beauty of this organization is the charge of developing consensus. (We don’t get anything unless we develop consensus.) The beauty of the system is watching them all come together in the meeting room and battling it out…It’s been fun.”

Earlier in 2016, the Institute issued a call to industry for nominations to identify potential award recipients. An 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 2017 awards in late spring of 2017, with nominations due in July.

January 27 BSSC Seminar Will Look at Reinforced Concrete Structures

January 19, 2017 - 12:21pm

The first webinar in a new 2017 series hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) and sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will focus on the seismic design of reinforced concrete structures using the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures and its primary reference standards: ASCE/SEI 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures and ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.

The free webinar, “Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures Using the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions, will be held next Friday, January 27, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

Presenter Peter Somers will provide a summary of the design standards, the basic ductile design principals for concrete and the specific seismic design criteria and provisions based on Seismic Design Category. He also will present excerpts of the NEHRP Recommended Provisions: Design Examples document to reinforce the general concepts.

A principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates in Seattle, Washington, Somers manages a wide variety of project types, with a focus on large, mixed-use development, often with significant renovation components. He has 23 years of professional experience; is a licensed structural engineer in Washington and Nevada; and a professional engineer in California and Hawaii. Somers authored the reinforced concrete and wood design chapters for the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Design Examples, and assisted with the updates of these chapters for the 2015 edition. He is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) Earthquake Engineering and Existing Building Committees and is a past president of the Seattle Chapter of SEAW. He has served on the Steering Committee for the ASCE Rehabilitation Standards Committee for the last two cycles of ASCE 41 development, and contributed to the development of numerous standards and guidelines for ASCE, ATC and BSSC.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) learning unit (LU) or one professional development hour (PDH) for the webinar. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures Using the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions,” webinar on January 27. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

SBIC Recognizes 2016 Beyond Green™ Award Winners

January 19, 2017 - 8:39am

The National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) recognized the 2016 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards winners on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Tally® and held during Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.

The Honor Award, the top prize in the High-Performance Buildings Category, went to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach for the Foundation’s sustainable project.

(Representing the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, from left, Mary Tod Winchester of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Greg Mella from SmithGroupJJR accept the Beyond Green™ Honor Award in the High-Performance Buildings Category from National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green.)

“The Brock Center is an exceptional project, worthy of the First Place Award, said Teresa Rainey, Beyond Green juror and director of high performance design at EYP. “The team members worked collaboratively to bring together multiple strategies to achieve goals beyond those seen in typical projects. They’ve embraced the mission of the organization and the desire to implement solutions that can be replicated in future projects.”

The Center serves as the hub for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Hampton Roads office and supports its education, outreach, advocacy and restoration initiatives.

“This is a real honor,” said Mary Tod Winchester, vice president of administration at the Foundation. “We bring people to the Bay to understand what’s going on. We built our first education center in 1972…we began to really practice what we preach…in 1973, we put in our first composting toilet.”

In addition to offices for CBF and partner groups, the Center provides meeting rooms and an 80-seat conference room designed to express CBF’s mission of collaboration to protect the Chesapeake Bay. In keeping with the ecology of the site and the mission of the Foundation, the owner and design team strove to protect, preserve and celebrate this setting, creating a design of its place, while simultaneously showcasing technologies that contribute to net-zero energy, water and waste. The team strove to achieve LEED Platinum and meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.

“It is the first certified net-zero water property in the world,” said Greg Mella from SmithGroupJJR . “We hope this is a huge precedent for a lot of other properties to achieve net-zero water. On behalf of the entire team…that made the Brock Center…we are very appreciative of this recognition.”

The 2016 Beyond Green™ Award Jury also recognized three recipients with Merit Awards.

The Award of Merit in Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities went to VaproShield for its innovative building enclosure products.

(VaproShield’s Dan Clancy, left, accepts the Award of Merit in Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities from National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green.)

“In today’s marketplace, manufacturers need to address multiple industry challenges, said Beyond Green juror David Underwood, ASHRAE past president and founder of Isotherm Engineering Ltd. “VaproShield identified a need to deliver high-performance building enclosures while addressing challenges with the availability of a skilled technical workforce, providing a safe work environment and meeting green building program requirements. Their approach to facilitate achievement of high-performance buildings led to us recognizing them with an Award of Merit for High-Performance Innovations.”

VaproShield manufactures vapor-permeable, water-resistive barriers and air-barrier membranes and accessories. The system eliminates the need for any joint/corner treatments, tapes, adhesives and spray equipment and contains no VOCs—allowing it to earn a Declare label from the International Living Future Institute. The VaproShield System has very few weather restrictions and can be installed in below-freezing temperatures and immediately following or before rain events. (In fact, the product was used on the Brock Center, winner of the Honor Award.)

“We are honored and very proud to receive this award,” said Dan Clancy, regional manager, east, at VaproShield. “Having a continuous air barrier is essential…We like to think we’ve simplified it.”

The Award of Merit in the category of High-Performance Initiatives went to the Sustainable Design Program for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its work to integrate sustainability into VA’s design and construction programs.

“The VA’s Sustainable Design Criteria provides a replicable approach that building owners can use to implement high-performance requirements across their portfolio, said Beyond Green juror Illya Azaroff, founding principal at PLUS LAB Architect and an associate professor at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY). “Of particular importance was the inclusion of metrics to monitor progress and verify achievement of high-level goals.”

The Sustainable Design Program achieved this through its Sustainable Design Manual, several master construction specification sections, participation in VA’s design review program and active involvement in the development of VA’s design and construction standards. VA’s focus on sustainable facility design and construction took hold in 2006 when VA became one of the original signatories of the Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings Memorandum of Understanding. Through VA’s focus on sustainability the agency has achieved significant progress, including having a quarter of its hospitals achieve an ENERGY STAR certification and reducing water consumption by over 30 percent since 2007. The program has set even loftier goals moving into the future.

The final Award of Merit went to the team responsible for the renovation of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This project preserved and protected the historic character of the first purpose-built art museum in America while modernizing its infrastructure to be secure, efficient and cost-effective.

(On behalf of the team responsible for the renovation of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Roger Chang of the DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky,  left, accepts the Award of Merit from National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green.)

“An historic building like the Renwick Gallery presents significant challenges for a design and construction team charged with renovating a museum to modern standards,” said Beyond Green juror David Underwood. “The project team rose to the challenge, utilizing innovative techniques to provide a high-performance building into the future.”

The building was constructed in 1859, slated for demolition in the 1960s, saved by First Lady Jackie Kennedy and last renovated between 1967 and 1972. The team undertook an integrative design process that utilized laser scanning, building information modeling (BIM) and historical documents to implement effective strategies for this renovation.

“Sometime projects like this only come up once in a lifetime,” said Roger Chang, principal at DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky, upon accepting the award.” We’ve seen a 50-percent reduction in energy use from the pre-renovation values.”

During the Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, the recipients in attendance each gave slide presentations highlighting their award-winning topics. The winners will be featured as case studies on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®. The Call for Entries for the 2017 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards will be available in the spring of 2017.

Visit the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® to peruse case studies of Beyond Green™ winners from previous years.

NCGBCS White Paper Looks at Role of Existing Building Codes

January 11, 2017 - 2:14pm

How Codes Can Be Used to Transform Nation’s Building Stock

The National Institute of Building Sciences National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS) today issued a white paper focused on one of its priorities, “The Role of Existing Building Codes in Safely, Cost-Effectively Transforming the Nation’s Building Stock.”

Existing buildings define the main streets and the skylines of the nation’s communities. Yet, as these communities evolve to address changes in their economy and populations, they don’t always have the mechanisms in place to assure the safety and security of their citizens while providing building owners and developers a cost-effective means for updating the existing building stock to meet changing needs. Existing building codes provide just such a mechanism.

Communities across the United States state are faced with decaying, blighted and vacant existing buildings, yet half of all states do not enforce existing building codes at the state level.

In this white paper, the NCGBCS, in its effort to support high-performance buildings and communities, examines effective strategies for promoting the adoption of existing building codes, as well as developing and implementing educational and training programs for owners, builders, contractors, design professionals and, most importantly, code enforcers. NCGBCS also addresses some of the implementation challenges and enforcement issues, and the technical changes necessary to improve future editions of the codes.

NCGBCS unveiled the white paper during its Annual Meeting, held during Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.

View the white paper, “The Role of Existing Building Codes in Safely, Cost-Effectively Transforming the Nation’s Building Stock.”

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