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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.