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Tell the Institute How You Use Off-Site Construction in Your Work

January 22, 2018 - 10:49am

OSCC Extends Survey Deadline to February 15

The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) still wants to know how you are using off-site construction practices and methods in your commercial construction work.

The OSCC is asking architects, engineers, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, owners, developers and others in the building industry to take the survey to get an understanding of how the use of off-site construction has changed throughout the industry in the past three years. The Council surveyed the industry back in 2014, and wants to know if the benefits, such as highlighted schedule reductions, overall cost benefits, reduced defects and increased quality, have continued or expanded, and whether the challenges, such as late design changes, lack of collaboration and an adversarial climate for project delivery, have lessened over time. The OSCC will compile the results into a report of findings, and the answers will help OSCC develop tools and resources for industry. 

Please share your perspective. The survey, which includes 14 questions, should take about ten minutes to complete. The survey closes Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm ET, but no need to wait. Take the survey now.

WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® Celebrates 20 Years

January 19, 2018 - 9:02am

Website Pioneered an Integrated Approach to High-Performance Buildings

This past Thursday, January 11, 2018, attendees at the National Institute of Building Sciences’ annual FEDCon® Breakfast learned about the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® and joined in the celebration of its 20th anniversary. The Institute’s online research site, WBDG hosts federal design specifications and criteria, as well as education programs, design recommendations and case studies.

Presenting the history, current status and a roadmap for WBDG’s future were Earle Kennett, former Institute senior vice president/chief operating officer and founding director of the WBDG; Bernie Deneke, PE, director, Engineering Criteria & Programs, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the founding federal agency and sustaining supporter of WBDG; and Sherri McMillion, PE, NAVFAC engineering specifications and standards criteria manager and chair of the WBDG Advisory Committee. The breakfast kicked off the final day of Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo, held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

Launched in 1997, the WBDG encompassed the innovative combination of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Construction Criteria Base (CCB), which at that time was distributed in a set of 15 compact disks, with a mandate from NAVFAC to create an online resource for federal agencies to share facility-related criteria and information. Two years later, with ever-increasing interest in providing free and immediate access to research concerning energy conservation, the U.S. Department of Energy, teaming with other federal agencies, agreed that the WBDG would be the location where information concerning energy and sustainable design should reside for all to access. In 2000, NAVFAC asked the Institute to manage and maintain the WBDG, and in 2003, DOD, NAVFAC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Air Force signed an agreement to make the WBDG the sole portal for their design and construction criteria. By 2005, the CCB was completely merged into WBDG, united to promote the “whole building design” approach.

Thirteen years and thousands of web pages later, the WBDG has since added additional design guides, including the General Services Administration’s P100: Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Master Specifications and a wide assortment of guidance from the 12 supporting federal agencies. Over its 20-year life span, WBDG also has built up a framework of taxonomies, design objectives, space types, case studies and continuing education courses that complement the federal criteria, which are available for use by federal agencies, the building industry and the public alike. In that time, WBDG use has grown to an average of 3 million downloads by 500,000 users per month in 2017.

The night before, on January 10, at its Annual Awards Banquet, the Institute honored the WBDG Advisory Committee for “20 years of dedicated support for the development of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®, the commitment of the committee to achieve this effort and the contribution to the nation and building community.”

Visit the WBDG.

Learn more about the Awards.

Institute Recognizes 2017 Beyond Green™ Award Winners

January 18, 2018 - 2:25pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences recognized the winners of the 2017 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at its Annual Awards Banquet, held during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities

Institute Chair Stephen Ayers (left) and Institute President Henry Green present the Honor Award, First Place in the Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities Category, to Alexander Cox, Business Development Manager - West Coast, and Alberto Franceschet, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Sales at Permasteelisa North America Corp., for the MFree-SCCF.

The Honor Award, First Place in the Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities Category, went to MFree-SCCF from Permasteelisa North America. The MFree-SCCF is designed to capture the benefits of a double-skin façade and integrated shading device without the potential maintenance costs and space requirements of a double-skin façade.

“In developing the MFree-SCCF system, Permasteelisa set out to design a new façade system that provided the benefits of a double façade while addressing many of the drawbacks that potentially limit their utilization,” said Bill Updike, Beyond Green™ juror and Principal with Integral Group. “If effectively deployed, the system can help realize energy performance goals while limiting long-term maintenance costs and the loss of rentable space. This approach warranted our selection [of MFree-SCCF] for an honor award.”

The system offers many of the benefits of a double-skin façade: a shading device protected in a cavity, which modulates solar heat gain and is controlled by the building management system. However, unlike most double facades, it is a unitized system, which is completely assembled in a factory with high quality control. There is no catwalk required for maintenance access, and the useable floor area is thereby increased (the depth of the cavity is not larger than the framing depth needed for structural wind loads). Maintenance costs are also reduced with just two surfaces to clean—the same as a conventional single-skin façade—instead of four. Installation of façade panels can be carried out in a single operation instead of installing each skin plus the catwalk individually. This reduces cost and accelerates construction speed.

“We have designed the pressure system that allows us to fine-tune the pressure that goes into the cavity,” said Alberto Franceschet, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Sales at Permasteelisa North America.

High-Performance Initiatives

Richard V. Piacentini (left), Executive Director at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, accepts the Honor Award, First Place in the High-Performance Initiatives Category, from Institute President Henry Green for their Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive.

The Honor Award, First Place in the High-Performance Initiatives Category, went to the Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden. The initiative was born out of a desire to respond to results from a 2016 survey that found nearly nine out of ten of its guests consider climate change a threat now or in the future. Pennsylvania allows its residents to choose renewable energy; they just need the information, assistance and motivation to do it. The Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive allows guests to switch their home electricity to 100% green power right on the spot and receive a free Phipps membership.

“Phipps has done some amazing things to educate the public on the importance of sustainability and what it means as part of their daily lives,” said Justin J. Zeulner, Beyond Green™ juror, and Executive Director and Co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance. “The Make the Switch at Phipps! program is no exception. By demonstrating the impact energy choices have on the region and then giving visitors a clear means to do something about it, Phipps has created a powerful initiative worthy of recognition.”

Because it is concentrated on a local geographic area, Make the Switch at Phipps! is a prime example of community-based resilience, one in which a region’s cultural institution sees a need within the community it serves—in this case, a direction to take to help address climate change—and compels action on the individual level. By switching to green power, a family makes a first critical step toward a more resilient way of life, and through their new membership to Phipps, they increase their access to a resource for reinforcing the importance of green and healthy living.

“We have to stop waiting for government to solve this problem,” said Richard V. Piacentini, Executive Director at Phipps, upon accepting the award. “Ultimately, a regenerative and resilient world is one in which we live in harmony with nature.”

High-Performance Building

Carmen Ferrigno (left), Vice President of Communications at Saint-Gobain Corporation and Executive Director of the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation, accepts an Award of Merit in the High-Performance Building Category from Institute President Henry Green.

An Award of Merit in the High-Performance Building Category went to the team responsible for renovating two existing office buildings into the North American Headquarters for Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed. This LEED Platinum project for both “core and shell” and “interiors” features innovative building materials from the Saint-Gobain family of companies, including glazing, roofing, insulation, gypsum wallboard, acoustical ceilings and wall panels, and serves as a living laboratory so employees can evaluate products while making improvements.

“Saint-Gobain’s decision to redevelop two existing buildings into its North American headquarters to serve as a showcase and proving ground for their products while pursuing LEED Platinum is admirable,” said Deane M. Evans, FAIA, Beyond Green™ juror and Director of the Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (a 2014 Beyond Green™ award winner). “The extensive engagement with their employees to achieve energy performance goals while maintaining a productive and healthy environment demonstrates a commitment to high-performance principles.”

The project team embraced multiple high-performance building goals including safety and security through extensive monitoring, the establishment of “safe-zones” for use in extreme weather or in active shooter situations, and ongoing safety and security training. For sustainability, in addition to achieving LEED certification, the project was designed to adhere to Saint-Gobain’s CARE: 4 program (Company Actions of the Reduction of Energy by a factor of 4). This program sets energy efficiency and employee comfort requirements for new construction and major renovation projects and is aligned with Saint-Gobain’s sustainability goals of energy efficiency, environmental stewardship and healthy working environments.

During his presentation, Carmen Ferrigno, Vice President of Communications at Saint-Gobain Corporation and Executive Director of the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation, explained how the 352-year-old company was hired by Louis XIV to build Versailles and the Hall of Mirrors. An evidence-based organization that is now the oldest building materials company in the world, it recently shifted its goals to comfort and well-being. “You’ve got to talk about your failures,” said Ferrigno. “You have to tell people what you did wrong.” The company is sharing the data from its new headquarters on its website, LivingLaboratory.com.

During the Beyond Green™ portion of the Institute’s Annual Awards Banquet, 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 2018 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards will be available in the summer of 2018.

To peruse case studies of Beyond Green™ winners from previous years, visit the WBDG.

Institute Awards Recognize Exceptional Service

January 17, 2018 - 3:28pm

Each year, the National Institute of Building Sciences recognizes individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to the Institute, the building community and the nation. This year, at its Annual Awards Reception and Dinner, the Institute honored M. Dennis Knight, PE; the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide Advisory Committee; Henry H. Chamberlain; and James “Tim” T. Ryan, CBO.

The 2017 Institute Member Award Goes to…

M. Dennis Knight, PE, (center) receives the Institute Member Award from Institute President Henry Green (left) and Institute Chair Stephen Ayers (right).

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 organization. Institute Board Chairman Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, presented the 2017 Member Award to M. Dennis Knight, PE, for his work on developing the Institute’s building information modeling (BIM) guide geared toward building owners, the National BIM Guide for Building Owners (NBGO), released in January 2017. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Whole Building Systems, Knight was a member of the NBGO Project Team.

In keeping with the Institute’s abiding tenets to bring all stakeholders to the project table, Knight contributed significantly to integrating the disparate skills and interests of this multidisciplinary team into a coherent product that was downloaded more than 1,300 times in the first six months of its availability. He also contributed a large share of content to the “Infrastructure and Standards” section of the NBGO and kept the concept of employing standards foremost in the team’s awareness. As an ASHRAE Fellow and Director at Large, as well as a member of ASHRAE’s Steering Committee for BIM, Knight has been instrumental in promoting the work of the Institute beyond its boundaries. Recently, he contributed significantly to ASHRAE’s efforts to promote the NBGO to an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard; ASHRAE has since filed a project initiation notice with ANSI for this effort.

“I have no loss for questions,” said Knight, upon accepting his award. “I may not have answers, but I’m going to ask a question in every meeting I go to.”

The 2017 Institute Honor Award Goes to…

Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, Chair of the WBDG Advisory Committee, recognizes her Committee colleagues upon accepting the Institute Honor Award on behalf of the Committee.

The Institute Honor Award goes to individuals or groups who have made an exceptional contribution to the nation and the building community. The 2017 Honor Award went to the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide Advisory Committee. The WBDG marked its 20-year anniversary in 2017, and the WBDG Advisory Committee is largely responsible for that success.

From a handful of pages, the WBDG site was developed to incorporate knowledge across a wide range of design, construction and management topics. Today, the WBDG hosts hundreds of pages and educational courses containing valuable information applicable to all aspects of a facility from the ‘whole building approach’. The site also hosts much of the federal-sector criteria, making it one of the largest information portals in the industry for design and construction visited by thousands of people each month across the federal, private and educational sectors. Throughout the years, the WBDG Advisory Committee, which primarily consists of federal agency representatives, has continued to support the project and its development. The group’s dedication is commendable, and the reason the Institute recognized the Advisory Committee with the 2017 Honor Award.

“Thank you for the dedication, collaboration and innovation of the members of this committee,” said Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, Specifications and Standards Criteria Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Chair of the WBDG Advisory Committee. “We’ve had a lot of folks come and go and they’ve all brought new ideas.”

The 2017 President Award Goes to…

Henry H. Chamberlain (center) accepts the Institute President's Award from Institute President Henry Green (left) and Institute Chair Stephen Ayers (right).

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 2017 President's Award to Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International President and Chief Operating Officer Henry H. Chamberlain. President Green recognized Chamberlain for his support over the years, guidance and assistance in developing the Institute’s Conference and the recent endeavor to create a building information modeling (BIM) guide geared toward building owners, the National BIM Guide for Owners.

“From the moment I arrived in our Nation’s Capital, you have provided me with insightful assistance and a listening ear,” wrote Green in his announcement letter to Chamberlain. “The relationship forged over the past 9 years between our organizations will long stand as a testament to the work of two organizations that share a common interest in improving the built environment. I will always cherish this as a hallmark of my success in Washington.”

“Look at the group we have here tonight…unbelievable leadership,” said Chamberlain, upon accepting his award. “The work you are doing here; what you’ve got here is unique. Your relationship with government is unique.”

The 2017 Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to…

James "Tim" T. Ryan, CBO, (center) receives the Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award from Institute President Henry Green (left) and Institute Chair Stephen Ayers (right).

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 2017 Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award to James “Tim” T. Ryan, CBO, who recently retired as Code Administrator for the City of Overland Park, Kansas.

Ryan has served on the Institute’s Board of Directors for more than a decade. Initially elected to a Board seat in 2006, Ryan served two full terms. He was then nominated by President Obama in 2012 and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a member of the Board as a presidential appointee. Over the years, Ryan has served as secretary, vice chair and as chairman. In addition, he served as chair of the Coordinating Council; liaison to the Multihazard Mitigation Council and the BRIK Building Research Information Knowledgebase; and as a member of the Executive Committee, Nominations Committee, Annual Report Committee, Awards Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. Ryan served on the Institute Committee that reviewed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report related to the World Trade Center collapse to compile code recommendations. He served as an advisor following Hurricane Katrina on damage assessment and mitigation efforts, and performed damage assessments following tornados in Greensburg, Kansas in 2007, and Chapman, Kansas in 2008.

In December 2017, Ryan retired from being the Code Administrator for the City of Overland Park, Kansas. He worked for Overland Park for three decades, initially joining as a field inspector in 1978. He is a Certified Building Official with 15 separate certificates in various disciplines of codes administration and enforcement, and is a voting member of the International Code Council, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and the National Fire Protection Association. Ryan served as the chair of the Steering Committee for the State of Kansas tasked with creating a program to oversee the energy code provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He is a certified member of the Kansas Damage Assessment Team and served as president of the Kansas City Construction Users Council. Ryan’s decades of participation have demonstrated a long commitment to the goals and mission of the Institute and exemplify the meaning behind the Marshall Award.

“People ask me what my motivation is. This is my motivation,” said Ryan, pointing to his wife and daughters in the audience upon accepting his award. “I always approached every project, every building…people are going to be in there and what if it’s one of them?”

Earlier in 2017, 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 2018 awards in late spring of 2018, with nominations due in July.

The Institute held the Annual Reception sponsored by BOMA and the Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, during Building Innovation 2018: The Institute’s Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

 

Registration is Open: It's Time to Reserve Your Spot at the BEST Conference

January 15, 2018 - 9:02am

Register now to join us for the fifth Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference™ (BEST5) taking place April 15-18, 2018, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This triennial event, presented by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council (BEC)-Philadelphia, offers more than 60 presentations in two tracks under the umbrella theme of Looking Back—Moving Forward: Where History Inspires Innovation. Delivered by leading building enclosure experts, the BEST5 program will cover topics that concern all industry professionals: building systems that deliver high performance over the long haul.

New this year: Conference participants will have the option to attend up to three two-hour modules as part of a 16-hour program leading to an ASTM/NIBS Building Enclosure Commissioning certificate. Modules entitled: “BECx Core Competencies;” “BECx Control Layers” and “BECx Field Testing” are all being offered on the BEST5 Schedule for only $40 per module. And if BECx isn’t your focus, BEST5 will offer traditional conference sessions, including some interesting presentations designed by BEC Philly, to be presented concurrently with the workshop modules.

Register early and save!
Early-bird registration ends March 15, 2018. Get the BEST for less. Register now to save up to $100 off the cost of onsite registration rates.

Sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers: Here’s your BEST opportunity to spotlight your building enclosure technology to a captive audience. Grab your spot today!

Find out more about BEST5 and sign up for updates at www.theBESTconference.org.

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

January 11, 2018 - 1:02pm

Shows How Society Benefits When Buildings Can Withstand Natural Disasters

Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report, more than a decade after releasing its original report on the same topic and only days after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared 2017 the costliest year on record for weather and climate disasters.

As NOAA exemplified (16 events in 2017 had losses exceeding $1 billion, with total costs of approximately $306 billion, eclipsing the record losses in 2005 by $100 billion), natural hazards present significant risks to many communities across the United States. Fortunately, there are measures governments, building owners, developers, tenants and others can take to reduce the impacts of such events. The 2017 Interim Report highlights the benefits of two such mitigation strategies.

During the ongoing study, 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 addition, the project team looked at scenarios that focus on designing new buildings to exceed provisions of of the 2015 International Codes (I-Codes), the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC). The 2017 Interim Report demonstrates that investing in hazard mitigation measures to exceed select code requirements can save the nation $4 for every $1 spent.

The project team estimated that just implementing these two sets of mitigation strategies would prevent 600 deaths, 1 million nonfatal injuries and 4,000 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the long term. In addition, designing new buildings to exceed the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) would result in 87,000 new, long-term jobs, and an approximate 1% increase in utilization of domestically produced construction material.

The public-sector mitigation strategies the project team studied include:

  • For flood resistance, acquiring or demolishing flood-prone buildings, especially single-family homes, manufactured homes and 2- to 4-family dwellings.
  • For wind resistance, adding hurricane shutters, tornado safe rooms and other common measures.
  • For earthquake resistance, strengthening various structural and nonstructural components.
  • For fire resistance, replacing roofs, managing vegetation to reduce fuels and replacing wooden water tanks.

The strategies to exceed minimum requirements of the 2015 I-Codes include:

  • For flood resistance (to address riverine flooding and hurricane surge), building new homes higher than required by the 2015 IBC.
  • For resistance to hurricane winds, building new homes to comply with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) FORTIFIED Home Hurricane standards.
  • For resistance to earthquakes, building new buildings stronger and stiffer than required by the 2015 IBC.
  • For fire resistance in the wildland-urban interface, building new buildings to comply with the 2015 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (IWUIC).

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

The 2017 Interim Report also is an independent work, funded with the support of public- and private-organizations interested in expanding the understanding of the benefits of hazard mitigation. In addition to FEMA, sponsors include HUD, EDA, ICC, IBHS, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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

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: 2017 Interim Report.

Funding Mitigation Efforts through Incentivization

While mitigation represents an excellent investment, not everyone is willing or able to bear those construction costs for more resilient buildings, even if the long-term benefits exceed the up-front costs. In a 2015 white paper and 2016 addendum, the Institute’s Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) and Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) proposed a holistic approach to incentives that can drive financing mitigation investments, aligning the interests of multiple stakeholder groups so that they all benefit from natural hazard mitigation. The BCRs identified in the2017 Interim Report can facilitate the development of specific strategies that align incentives from finance, insurance, government and other stakeholders.

View the white paper, Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization.

View the Addendum to the White Paper for Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization.

NCBCS Sees Engaging Code Officials Early as Way to Streamline Building Process

January 11, 2018 - 6:50am

White Paper Proposes New Code Official Role of Collaborator and Facilitator

Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences National Council on Building Codes and Standards (NCBCS) issued a new white paper, Engaging Code Officials Early in the Process to Achieve High-Performance Buildings.

In recent years, building owners and communities have increasingly focused on improving the design, construction and operation of buildings to meet enhanced levels of performance. People within the building industry recognize the role that increased collaboration during the design and construction process can play in realizing the desired levels of performance. However, the collaborative process, to date, largely leaves out one important participant—the code official. 

Many communities are adopting customer-service focused models to engage with their citizens. The code department can and should serve as a shining example of a customer-centered municipal function, while maintaining its important mission of assuring community safety. The code department’s historic and long-standing charge of ensuring health, safety and welfare is synonymous with community growth, development and prosperity.

Involving code officials, such as building, fire, mechanical and plumbing officials early in the project provides the project team with comprehensive client services while helping to deliver predictable enforcement expectations. This initial engagement creates a link between stakeholders, economic development and health, safety and welfare by involving the relevant authorities.

NCBCS undertook an effort in 2017 to examine the benefits of involving code officials early in building projects and how jurisdictions and code departments could begin engaging earlier in the design process.

In this white paper, the NCBCS looks at shifting the paradigm, offers suggestions for implementation and addresses potential challenges. The paper also includes a draft meeting agenda for jurisdictions to reference when setting up initiation meetings with teams when beginning new projects.

NCBCS unveiled the white paper at its Annual Meeting, held during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.

View the white paper, Engaging Code Officials Early in the Process to Achieve High-Performance Buildings.

2017 Moving Forward Report Looks to the Future

January 9, 2018 - 4:45pm

Consultative Council Releases Report at Building Innovation 2018

Yesterday, Monday, January 8, the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council released its 2017 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council, during its Annual Meeting, held as part of Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth 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 2017, members of the Consultative Council decided to focus on the future. They wanted to explore how the building industry can and should evolve to meet the changing needs of society and how new technologies and practices can attract a 21st century workforce. Buildings and infrastructure serve as important resources that enable progress. Buildings provide businesses and communities with the facilities necessary to achieve their missions, and individuals with housing that is comfortable, safe and efficient. However, one question arises as the pace of technology and commerce accelerates and communities face new challenges of resilience and sustainability: Will the building industry be ready?

The Council focused on four areas to help facilitate progress:

Design, Construction and Operations
The building industry saw significant advances in the latter half of the 20th century, with an increased focus on life safety through building codes and other guidance; the development and deployment of tools such as computer assisted/aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) to support increasingly efficient design and construction processes; sustainability through green building rating programs; and building science knowledge around building enclosures, indoor environmental quality, and energy and water efficiency. Additional evaluation around project delivery and the contracting process; allocation of design fees; policies, codes and standards; and off-site construction need action.

Technology
Meanwhile, the development and deployment of new and enhanced technologies, whether specifically for use by the building industry or in general, has grown significantly. Emerging technologies to be advanced include: sensors, controls and the Internet of Things; cybersecurity; virtual and augmented reality, drones and additive manufacturing; and robotics and human augmentation.

Workforce
The changing design, construction and operations processes, coupled with advancements in building-related technologies, make this an exciting time to enter the building industry, particularly when the availability of a future workforce is such a big industry concern. The concerns encompass two main areas: workforce shortages (the lack of workers available to do jobs in the industry) and the workforce skills gap (where employers in large parts of the industry struggle to find workers who are keeping up with technology and code advances).

Research
To continually improve, the building industry must focus on research and development (R&D). Unfortunately, because of the disciplinary-focused nature of the industry and the small size of most companies, there has been limited investment in R&D aimed at moving the entire industry forward. Many governments around the world, recognizing the invaluable role the built environment plays in their economy and the opportunity to support all segments of the economy through improved buildings and infrastructure, have established building industry research and development programs for their countries. Without a commensurate level of investment, the United States risks falling behind other nations—not just in buildings but across the economy.

The Consultative Council offers 10 recommendations in the report, among them:

  • The White House should establish a cross-agency program that focuses on providing scientific and economic data associated with the effectiveness of building codes and their impacts on communities; education and training for code professionals; technical assistance; and evaluation tools for code department effectiveness.
  • The building industry, with involvement of representatives from the legal, finance and insurance sectors, should conduct a dialogue on how to evolve the current state of fees, timelines and risk in furtherance of a systems-based approach to realize actual, measured performance results.
  • The codes and standards development community should work collaboratively to develop protocols and best practices that support the utilization of current and future standards within digital environments, including BIM, additive manufacturing, building automation and robotics.
  • The building industry along with federal agencies should develop and fund a national high-performance building research and development strategy that reflects the value of the industry to the U.S. economy, mirroring the 2.7 percent economy-wide investment in R&D.

As highlighted in the 2017 Moving Forward Report, both the public and private sectors in the United States can take a number of steps to address the challenges. Through the Consultative Council and other cross-industry groups, the building industry stands ready to create actionable policies and practices that support improving the building industry.

Download the 2017 Consultative Council Report.

Learn more about the Consultative Council.

Institute Announces 2018 Executive Team, New Board Members

January 8, 2018 - 5:43pm

The 2018 National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors is now in place. The Executive Team includes Joseph Donovan as chair; Carl Hedde as vice chair; Joy Marshall Ortiz, AIA, NCARB as secretary; and Cindy L. Davis, CBO as treasurer. New members to the Board include Scott A. McDonald; Thomas H. Phoenix, PE, FASHRAE, LEED AP; and Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM.

Joseph Donovan is senior vice president at Beacon Capital Partners, a privately held real estate investment firm with domestic and international offices. He oversees and directs emergency response for the firm’s 30 million square-foot portfolio. 

Carl Hedde is senior vice president at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. He manages the Risk Accumulation Department, which includes the catastrophe management, risk accumulation and geo research functions. He is responsible for oversight of corporate accumulation issues, including the use of catastrophe risk models, client catastrophe risk consulting services, and portfolio management and optimization.

Joy Marshall Ortiz, AIA, NCARB, is executive vice president of The Marshall Group (TMG), an architectural firm located in Reston, Virginia. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm and serves as project manager and lead designer on major TMG projects. Ortiz represents architects in the public interest category.

Cindy L. Davis, CBO, is the deputy director, Building and Fire Regulation Division at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. She is responsible for managing the building and fire code regulations for the Commonwealth of Virginia, providing oversight of the industrialized and manufactured housing, as well as the regulatory process of adopting the Uniform Statewide Building Code for the Commonwealth.

New Board member Scott A. McDonald is director of the Office of Development Services/Chief Building Official for the City of Denton, Texas. In the regulatory industry for more than 20 years, McDonald previously served as the director of strategic initiatives for the City of Amarillo, Texas; and building official for Washtenaw County, Michigan, and several smaller jurisdictions. McDonald will serve a three-year term, representing local agency officials in the public interest category.

Thomas H. Phoenix, PE, LEED AP, FASHRAE, is principal at Clark Patterson Lee in Greensboro, North Carolina. A licensed professional engineer in North Carolina and six other states, he has over 35 years of experience in the design, operation and maintenance, and commissioning of building mechanical systems. A founding partner of the firm Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, Phoenix is a past president of ASHRAE. He will serve a three-year term, representing mechanical engineers in the industry category.

Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, is technical group manager of the North America Manufacturing Operations at GM Global Facilities, Facility Engineering Group. He ensures that facilities management requirements are met at 16 manufacturing sites totaling 53 million square feet and asset replacement value of $7.2 billion. Rounds will serve a three-year term, representing facility management in the industry category.

Hedde was re-elected for a second three-year term on the Board. In addition, Richard Hayter, PE, associate dean emeritus for external affairs (retired) at Kansas State University, and Thomas Izbicki, PE, FSFPE of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc., return for a second term.

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 8 Board meeting during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, held January 8-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

They all join presiding Board members Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol; Lane J. Beougher, FAIA, FCSI, LEED AP BD+C, Ohio Facilities Construction Commission; Paul R. Bertram, Jr., FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, GGP, of PRB Connect; Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, FASCE, Anne Ellis, LLC; Brian E. Garbecki, PE, LEED AP,  Gilbane Building Company; Timothy H. Haahs, PE, AIA, of Timothy Haahs & Associates; Brian Larson, PE, of Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.; Susan A. Maxman, FAIA; Donald L. Pratt, Construction Education & Consulting Services of Michigan, LLC; James “Tim” T. Ryan, CBO (retired), City of Overland Park, Kansas; James Timberlake, FAIA, of KieranTimberlake; and Mary B. Verner, MES, JD, Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Board Members Wally E. Bailey, director of development services for the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Cheryl R. English, FIES, LC, vice president of government and industry relations at Acuity Brands; and Thomas L. Mitchell, Jr., Lt. Col. (ret.), USAF, CFM, IFMA Fellow, of FM3IS Associates, LLC, in San Antonio, Texas, all retired from the Board but will remain active on several program committees within the Institute.

Building Innovation 2018: Three Days Left to Save

December 29, 2017 - 10:08am

Online Registration Closes Sunday

If you're planning to attend Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo, January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., you have one last chance to save on registration.

Online registration ends on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at 11:59 pm ET. Register before then and save $150 or more off onsite registration!

Don't miss the chance to be there where Science meets Design® as the Institute connects industry professionals to explore strategies that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure.

This is your last opportunity to save on Building Innovation 2018. Spend less and get four enriching days packed with three keynote addresses; 55 expert speakers; 20 educational sessions offering 31 learning units; four social networking events; an inspiring awards ceremony; and the latest in industry science and technology in the Exhibit Hall.

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Institute to Unveil Mitigation Saves Interim Report during Building Innovation 2018

December 27, 2017 - 4:33pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences will unveil the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report at a presentation luncheon Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, during Building Innovation 2018 Conference & Expo. The report, which 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, builds on the well-known 2005 report of the same name.

Natural hazards present significant risks to many communities across the United States. Fortunately, there are measures governments, building owners, developers, tenants and others can take to reduce the impacts of such events. The Mitigation Saves project team looked at the benefits of two mitigation strategies: designing new buildings to exceed select requirements of the 2015 International Codes and 23 years of federal mitigation grants. During the lunch presentation, the panel of speakers will reveal the initial findings of the multi-year, multi-dimensional research project.

Members of the Institute’s Mitigation Saves project team and sponsors of the report will provide an overview of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report and initial findings, discuss the methodology, offer public- and private-sector perspectives of the findings and identify next steps.

Panel speakers include: Ryan Colker of the Institute; Philip Schneider and Keith Porter from the Mitigation Saves project team; and sponsors Roy Wright of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Sara Yerkes of the International Code Council.

In 2005, the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) published the report, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities, with funding from FEMA. Among the study’s findings is the oft-quoted, “a dollar spent by FEMA on hazard mitigation provides the nation about $4 in future benefits.” That report, which focused on the benefits derived from FEMA investments in mitigation, has been widely cited to demonstrate the value of investing in mitigation in both the public and private sector.

Since that initial report, a significant number of highly public disaster events have occurred. Related issues, such as the expanding list of disaster declarations, growing numbers of requests for recovery funding and overall constraints on government spending, also illustrate the need for new data on the benefits of incorporating resilience before disasters occur. Achieving resilience relies on actions and investments by both the public and private sector—with benefits also accruing to each sector. The Institute developed the new report with an expanded look at the sources of mitigation and the numerous benefits for different stakeholders, beyond just federal spending impacts.

Building Innovation 2018 includes a number of resilience-focused sessions and presentations, so don’t just plan to attend the luncheon. Stay for the full Conference! View the Conference schedule to see the full schedule of events. Register for the Mitigation Saves Presentation Luncheon or select the full Conference. Register now.

Three Years Later, OSCC Is Asking How Industry Uses Off-Site Construction Today

December 7, 2017 - 3:41pm

Survey Closes January 15, 2018

The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) is conducting a new survey to gain an understanding of how the U.S. building industry has changed its use of off-site construction methods in the past three years.

A knowledge center on issues related to off-site construction and productivity in the commercial building sector, the OSCC surveyed the U.S. building industry in 2014 to find out how architects, engineers, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, owners, developers and others in the building industry were using off-site construction in their commercial construction work. Responses came from across the building industry, representing the diversity of stakeholders involved in the decision making and implementation of off-site construction. Of the more than 300 respondents, 93% indicated they had utilized off-site fabricated components to some degree over the past 12 months, while 83% expected to utilize off-site construction more often or the same amount in the next 12 months.

Many of the respondents from the initial survey highlighted schedule reductions, overall cost benefits, reduced defects and increased quality. Yet, respondents also experienced significant barriers in the design and construction culture, such as late design changes, lack of collaboration and adversarial climate for project delivery.

The OSCC wants to find out how stakeholder groups are using off-site construction in their commercial work today, and whether the opportunities and challenges have grown or diminished over time. Once the survey closes, the OSCC will compile the responses into a report, which will be shared with industry.

The survey closes Monday, January 15, 2018, at 5:00 pm ET, but no need to wait. Take the survey now.

Building Innovation 2018 Early-Bird Rate Ends Tomorrow, November 30

November 29, 2017 - 4:44pm

Register Now to Save

Expert speakers, multiple educational sessions, informative keynotes, entertaining networking opportunities and career-building continuing education credits…all taking place at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, January 8-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Don’t pay full price to be part of four activity-packed days where the entire building community will unite to explore ways to Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. Early-bird rates end tomorrow, November 30, 2017, at midnight ET. Register now and save up to $250 off onsite registration rates.

Save hundreds and learn from industry leaders, take part in the process, share ideas, create solutions and earn valuable credits. Don’t miss the opportunity to benefit from the exciting program that includes 20 education sessions led by 55 speakers offering 31 continuing education units, three keynote presentations, four networking events and 20 exhibitors.

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Building Innovation 2018 Sessions to Deliver 31 Hours’ Worth of Continuing Education

November 29, 2017 - 11:29am

Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo, to be held January 8-11, in Washington, D.C., is a great way to earn continuing education units (CEUs) while hearing from a diverse group of speakers.

This is the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. The goal for Building Innovation 2018 is to explore strategies to Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. The Conference is delivering educational content designed to engage the entire building community, cover a variety of concepts and present diverse perspectives during each session to stimulate creative ideas, present new approaches and develop workable solutions for the entire building industry. Building Innovation 2018 sessions have received approval for a total of 31 Learning Units (LUs) from the American Institute of Architects, many of which are Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) hours, as well as 31 contact hours from the International Code Council for a total of 3.1 CEUs. AIA and ICC members must provide their member numbers upon registration.

Building Innovation 2018 Sessions include:

Day Two: Tuesday, January 9

  • Are We Resilient and Sustainable? Evaluation Tools to Make the Case (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Managing Data Across the Facility Life Cycle (1.5 AIA LUs/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Confronting the Multiple Dimensions of Resilient and Sustainable Building Design (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Regulating Existing Buildings (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Meeting High-Performance Goals through Timber Construction (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Incremental and Holistic Opportunities to Improve Building Performance (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)

Day Three: Wednesday, January 10

  • Advanced Technology and the Future of Buildings, Cities & Infrastructure (2.0 AIA LUs, .2 ICC CEUs)
  • Putting Your Best Façade Forward (2.0 AIA LUs-HSW/.2 ICC CEUs)
  • Using Technology to Move the Industry Forward (1.5 AIA LUs/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • The Important Roles of Air Barriers and Commissioning (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Focusing on Facility Management From the Start (1.5 AIA LUs/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Zero-Energy Geophysicists: Revolutionary Renovation of AGU Headquarters (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Technology as a Tool: Facilitating Coordination Across a Building's Life Cycle (1.5 AIA LUs/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Liability and Risks in the Pursuit of High-Performance Buildings (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)

Day Four: Thursday, January 11

  • Climate Resilience: Adaptive Design and Risk Management (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • 3D-Printing in the Built Environment: Today and Tomorrow (1.5 AIA LUs/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Can the Workforce Deliver? Meeting Today's Challenges of Climate (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Improving Healthcare Quality, Affordability and Access through Integrated Post-Occupancy Evaluation (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Aligning Sustainability and Health in Renovating the ASLA Headquarters (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)
  • Designing for Disasters: Minimizing Explosion and Earthquake Exposure (1.5 AIA LUs-HSW/.15 ICC CEUs)

Join us on Monday (Day One) to get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Breakfast with keynote speaker Raymond Daddazio; the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon with keynote speaker James Timberlake; the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet, when the Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green™ Awards; and the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast featuring a tribute to the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® 20th Anniversary.

Be sure to attend the council and committee meetings throughout the Conference to get an insider’s view of the Institute’s ongoing programs and projects.

View the full schedule of Building Innovation 2018 events.

Register to attend credit-building educational sessions with a Full-Conference ticket, a One-Day Conference ticket or a Non-Conference event ticket to hear from one of the keynote speakers. Select the conference package that works best for you.

Just don’t wait too long to register. Early-bird rates end tomorrow, November 30, 2017. Save as much as $250 off onsite registration. Register now and save.

Building Innovation 2018 Plenary Keynote to Explore U.S. Embassy in London

November 28, 2017 - 12:33pm

Will Discuss Integration of Urbanism, Landscape, Architecture, Sustainability, Diplomacy

James Timberlake, FAIA, partner from KieranTimberlake, the architecture firm that designed the new U.S. Embassy in London, will serve as keynote speaker of the Plenary Luncheon, to be held 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Wednesday, January 10, during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Timberlake will discuss the concepts and integration required to design an embassy that reflects the core values of democracy—transparency, openness and equality—while providing a welcoming, secure, highly sustainable environment.

The new embassy is located in London’s Nine Elms district, a South Bank industrial zone under intense redevelopment. The building stands within a public park with a pond and gardens and curving walkways that continue through the interior of the building. Interior gardens on each floor extend the movement upward, enhancing circulation and providing places to meet. The building’s high-performance building façade uses multiple-layer laminated glazing with an outer envelope of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) to screen excessive solar gain and glare while allowing a uniform distribution of daylight. With an estimated 1,000 daily visitors, the embassy is expected to establish a strong framework for the urbanization of Nine Elms.

Mr. Timberlake explores some of today's most important topics, among them, efficient construction methods, resource conservation strategies and novel use of building materials. In addition to the U.S. Department of State, other current clients include the New York University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Under his guidance, KieranTimberlake has received over 200 design citations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm Award in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2010. A recipient of the Rome Prize in 1982-1983, Mr. Timberlake was also an inaugural recipient of the Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. He has co-authored six books on architecture, including the influential book refabricating Architecture: How Manufacturing Methodologies are Poised to Transform Building Construction. In addition to his architectural practice, Mr. Timberlake has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Yale University, the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin, among other institutions. He was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve on the Board of the National Institute of Building Sciences in 2012.

In addition to Mr. Timberlake’s plenary keynote, Building Innovation 2018 will include 20 different educational sessions featuring 35 presentations by 55 expert speakers. Sessions will offer continuing education units from both the American Institute of Architects and the International Code Council.

On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote by Raymond Daddazio; the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch, where exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet, when the Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green™ Awards; the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast highlighting the 20th anniversary of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®; and the Thursday Luncheon.

Learn more about the London Embassy.

View the full Conference schedule of events.

Register to attend Wednesday’s Plenary Luncheon or the full Conference. Early-bird rates end November 30, 2017. Save as much as $250 off onsite registration. Sign up today!

Secure your hotel room at the five-star Mandarin Oriental before it's too late. The Conference hotel, located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., provides a special discounted rate to Building Innovation 2018 attendees. Reserve your room for $175 before the deadline Friday, December 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Make your reservations online or call (202) 787-6140 and mention "Building Innovation Conference."

 

Building Innovation 2018 Opening Keynote to Highlight Ways to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure

November 27, 2017 - 11:52am

Daddazio to Focus on Resilience and Infrastructure

The president of Thornton Tomasetti, Raymond P. Daddazio, EngScD, PE, will serve as the Opening Keynote Speaker during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, to be held Tuesday, January 9, 8:00 am – 10:00 am ET, in Washington, D.C.

The Building Innovation 2018 theme is Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. In his presentation, Mr. Daddazio will build on that theme, focusing on resilience and how infrastructure plays a major role in securing our communities for the future. He will provide his insights; highlight case studies; share best practices, lessons learned and remaining challenges; as well as offer his thoughts on long-term planning, whole building design, sustainability and the interchange between buildings and supporting infrastructure from the engineering point of view.

Mr. Daddazio provides strategic and operational leadership for Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering design and analysis firm. During his nearly 40-year career, he has held various leadership roles, including that of president and CEO of Weidlinger Associates, which merged with Thornton Tomasetti in 2015. He was formerly director of Weidlinger’s Applied Science & Investigations practice, and oversaw all of the firm’s advanced analysis and R&D activity.

He has extensive experience in the development and application of advanced analysis techniques to structural engineering problems. Mr. Daddazio has been a principal investigator for the U.S. Government’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, as well as supporting shock and vibration programs for the U.S. Navy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has participated in the structural hardening of transportation infrastructure throughout New York City.

A licensed professional engineer in New York, Mr. Daddazio is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Industry Leaders Council, a fellow of the Society’s Engineering Mechanics Institute and a member of its Board of Governors. He is a director emeritus of the New York Building Congress and the current chairperson of the Metropolitan Region of ACEC New York. He also serves on the industry advisory committee for Columbia University’s Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and is chair emeritus of the Board of Visitors of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

In addition to Mr. Daddazio’s opening keynote, Building Innovation 2018 will include 20 different educational sessions featuring 35 presentations by 55 expert speakers. Sessions will offer continuing education credits worth a total of 31 learning units (LUs) from the American Institute of Architects and 3.1 continuing education units (CEUs) for a total of 31 contact hours from the International Code Council.

On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon; the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet, where the Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green™ Awards; the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast; and the Thursday Luncheon.

View the full schedule of events.

Choose to join us for the Opening Keynote Breakfast or for the full Conference. Register now and save. The early-bird rate ends November 30, 2017. Save as much as $250 off onsite registration. Sign up today!

Secure your hotel room at the five-star Mandarin Oriental before it's too late. The Conference hotel, located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., provides a special discounted rate to Building Innovation 2018 attendees. Reserve your room for $175 before the deadline Friday, December 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Make your reservations online or call (202) 787-6140 and mention "Building Innovation Conference."

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

November 16, 2017 - 3:07pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote; the Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch, where exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon Keynote Address; and the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet, where the Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and the Beyond Green™ awards.

View the full schedule of events.

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

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

November 14, 2017 - 11:55am

Students interested in attending Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., already receive a discounted price on registration. However, there’s a chance to attend the Conference for FREE as a volunteer.

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

For four impactful days, Building Innovation 2018 is set to deliver an engaging program that will explore strategies that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure.  Plan to be there where Science meets Design® for a compelling program intended to engage the entire team of building professionals in creating innovative solutions for the built environment.

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

Conference sessions include:

Day 2: Tuesday, January 9

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

Day 3: Wednesday, January 10

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

Day 4: Thursday, January 11

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

Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast; the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where Exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon; and the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast. (Volunteers also are welcome to attend Day One: Monday, January 8, to get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings.)

The Institute is looking for student volunteers to serve as room monitors, scan badges and assist with other duties as needed. For their three-day time commitment (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), volunteers receive a Full Conference registration, including lunches, and will be provided time to attend sessions and keynote addresses.

Students interested in volunteering should email their name, university, major, professor and contact information to Gretchen Hesbacher at ghesbacher@nibs.org, subject line: “I want to volunteer.” Volunteer requests are due no later than Friday, December 8, 2017.

Please note, travel expenses and hotel accommodations are not included. If you need a hotel room, be sure to take advantage of our room block and the discounted rate at the Mandarin Oriental, which is providing a special Conference rate of $175. Mention the "Building Innovation Conference & Expo" when making your reservations. Reserve your room by the deadline, Friday, December 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET, to secure this rate and availability. Make your reservations online or call (202) 787-6140.

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

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

View a full list of activities being held at Building Innovation 2018.

The Institute Appoints Jury for 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards

November 13, 2017 - 3:12pm

Award Recipients to Be Honored during Building Innovation 2018

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

The Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. The jury is responsible for selecting those projects and activities that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high performance from all of the entries submitted to the Institute by the extended November 15 deadline.

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

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

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

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

In a change of venue, the Institute will recognize the 2017 award winners on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, during its Annual Awards Banquet. As part of the awards presentation, the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Award winners have the opportunity to present their projects and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced while delivering high-performance buildings.

Learn more about the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards. The opportunity to enter ends Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at midnight.

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

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

BSSC Training Courses Now Available On-Demand

November 9, 2017 - 4:17pm

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

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

The topics include:

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

EARN AND LEARN

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

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