Having trouble viewing this email.  Click here to view this newsletter in your browser.

Building Sciences

In This Issue

Dates to Know

January 7-11, 2013
Building Innovation 2013
Washington, DC

January 15-17, 2013
13th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment
Washington, DC

January 18-21
BOMA's Winter Meeting
Honolulu, HI

January 21-22, 2013
Workshop: CityGML in National Planning
Paris, France

January 22-24, 2013
NAHB International Builders' Show
Las Vegas, NV

February 27, 2013
Green in the Military
Virginia Beach, VA

March 12-14, 2013
NFMT 2013
Baltimore, MD

April 18-19, 2013
AIVC Airtightness Workshop
Washington, DC

April 21-30, 2013
ICC 2013 Spring Code Development Hearings - Group B Codes
Dallas, TX

May 2-4, 2013
NEBB Annual Conference
Montreal, QC

June 10-13, 2013
NFPA Conference & Expo
Chicago, IL

June 20-22, 2013
2013 AIA Conference
Denver, CO

June 21-26, 2013
2013 ASME Annual Meeting
Indianapolis, IN

June 22-26, 2013
ASHRAE 2013 Annual Conference
Denver, CO

June 23-25, 2013
2013 BOMA International and the Every Building Conference & Expo
San Diego, CA

The Journals

Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM)

Journal of Building Enclosure Design (JBED)

Journal of Advanced and High-Performance Materials (JMAT)

Journal of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Assessment (JHAZ)

What's On WBDG

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® recently added three new laboratory-related Resource Pages: Reducing Air Changes Rates, Reducing Carbon, and Saving Energy in Research Laboratories; International Design Ideas for Research Laboratories; and Renovating Research Laboratories for Zero Carbon by 2030.

December 2012

The Institute in Action

Four Days Left to Register: Building Innovation 2013

Time and space are running out to secure your seat for Building Innovation 2013 – The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, to be held January 7-11, 2013, at the Marriott Washington at Metro Center in Washington, D.C. Online registration will end on December 31, 2012. Register now to avoid the rush during onsite registration.

For five impactful days, the Institute will focus on Improving Resiliency through High Performance where leading experts will present the latest building industry advancements and offer real-world solutions for improving security, disaster preparedness, performance, sustainability, information resources and technologies for our nation's buildings and infrastructure. Online registration ends December 31.

Obama Nominates Haahs to Institute Board

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Timothy Hyungrock Haahs, PE, AIA, to a key Administration post as a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors. Haahs was one of eight intended appointees announced by the White House on December 6.

Haahs is president and chief executive officer of Timothy Haahs & Associates, an engineering and architectural design firm, which he founded in 1994, headquartered in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Read the release.

Rack Up the Credits, Check Out the Keynotes

Kick off 2013 right by tackling that professional education "to-do" list while it's still fresh on your mind. Building Innovation 2013 is a great way to earn continuing education units (CEUs) while hearing speakers who are experts in their fields. Building Innovation 2013 offers a wide range of educational sessions that give attendees the opportunity to potentially earn more than 40 Learning Units (LUs) from the American Institute of Architects.

Building Innovation 2013 Symposia with CEUs include: The buildingSMART alliance Conference (14.5 LUs); FEDCon® 2013 (Earn 7.0 Learning Units); The Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium (Earn 8.5 LUs); The Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Symposium (Earn 8.0 LUs); The Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC) Symposium (Earn 3.5 LUs); The Integrated Resilient Design Symposium (Earn 3.5 LUs); The Sustainable Buildings Industry (SBIC) Council Symposium (Earn 3.5 LUs); and the newly approved BIM Academic Education Symposium (Earn 8 LUs).

And don't miss your chance to hear first-hand keynote presentations from these industry leaders: Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol and Chief Operating Officer; David L. Miller, Associate Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency; Robert A. Ivy, FAIA, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Institute of Architects; and Dorothy Robyn, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Read more.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Focusing on Fenestration:
BETEC Symposium during Building Innovation 2013

Take a look into the world of windows at the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium. With the theme Fenestration: A World of Change, the BETEC Symposium, to be held Monday, January 7 as part of Building Innovation 2013, will provide attendees with the most recent developments in fenestration performance and technology.

Attend the BETEC Symposium and get a clear picture of the latest industry advances. From composite framing systems and new glazing materials, through new performance ratings and certifications, to how these important building envelope systems are integrated with lighting, HVAC and other building elements, the industry continues to introduce new fenestration innovations.

The BETEC Symposium offers attendees the opportunity to learn from the leading experts as they reveal their knowledge and expertise on the world of fenestration and also earn 8.5 learning units from the American Institute of Architects. See who is presenting.

SBIC Symposium Looks to Foster Innovation to go Beyond GreenTM

Within the building industry, the concept of sustainability often leads to optimization of "green" attributes. However, to meet owner and occupant demands for buildings that meet their social, economic and environmental requirements, the industry must look Beyond GreenTM.

Industry professionals who attend the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) Symposium, to be held Thursday, January 10, 2013, as part of Building Innovation 2013, can explore what social, economic and environmental sustainability means to various segments of the building industry and how an effective, holistic approach can move the industry Beyond GreenTM. With the theme Fostering Innovation to go Beyond GreenTM, the half-day Symposium, scheduled from 8:00 am to 11:45 am, will specifically address this important issue. Learn more about this event.

Architectural Acoustics: The Cost of Confusion

Acoustics Research Council (ARC) Executive Chair David M. Sykes ASA, INCE, discusses, "The cost of confusion: reconciling conflicts between disparate systems of design & construction criteria for U.S. military hospitals – insights from a recent case study of noise and vibration criteria," at a November meeting at the National Institute of Building Sciences. He and other subject-matter experts/officers from the ARC, including William Cavanaugh FASA, F/INCE, co-founder; Gregory C. Tocci PE, FASA, F/INCE, technical chair; and Daniel Horan ASA, INCE, LEED AP BD+C, secretary; as well as two board members from the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), Kurt Rockstroh, FAIA, ACHA, and Douglas Erickson FASHE, CHFM, contributed to the presentation. This topic was first presented at the AIA conference in Boston, November 14.

Invited attendees included representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Medical Facilities Center of Expertise and Standardization of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Medical Facilities Design Office, the U.S. Department of Defense TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

For the past 12 years, ARC has been developing guidelines and research for healthcare, education and office facilities–'cutting edge' areas in architectural acoustics. Hospitals, schools and offices are socially significant built environments where noise and vibration can confound and impair core activities, resulting in tangible social costs.

FGI (Facility Guidelines Institute) is a former unit of the Public Health Service privatized in 1986. FGI compiles, edits and publishes guidelines for healthcare facilities used in the U.S. and 60 countries; the FGI Guidelines are adopted as building codes in most States and cited by the U.S. Green Building Council, the International Code Council and other groups.

Information Resources and Technologies


Get Reliable Leads on Construction Projects from the
World's Largest Facility Owner

Attend FEDCon®The Annual Market Outlook on Federal Construction, scheduled for January 9, 2013, and get the inside scoop on federal construction projects directly from the source. Presented during Building Innovation 2013, FEDCon gives attendees the most authoritative, up-to-date information on future projects.

Join us for this one-day event and find out what it takes to compete for quality projects. FEDCon, now in its 20th year, will give private-sector architects, engineers, general and specialty contractors, and manufacturers insight into what they need to know to deliver services and products to the U.S. federal government—the world's largest facility owner and procurer of design and construction services. Not only will you gain insights and secure leads by attending FEDCon, you'll also earn 7 AIA continuing education units (CEUs), putting you nearly half-way toward your annual AIA membership requirement. View the schedule of speakers.

NBIMS Subcommittee, Workgroup Volunteers:
Applications Due December 31

Calling all building industry professionals with an interest in building information modeling (BIM). The National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART allianceTM, developer of the National BIM Standard-United StatesTM (NBIMS-USTM), is looking for volunteers to get involved in development of the NBIMS-US Version 3. Because a BIM covers all aspects of the building process, everyone in the construction industry will be impacted as the use of BIMs become standard operating procedure. Therefore, it is important that representatives from every segment of the industry participate in development of the standard. Applications are due December 31, 2012. Read the release.

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

An Authoritative Source of Innovative Solutions for the Built Environment
© 2012 National Institute of Building Sciences. All Rights Reserved. 
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-4950 | nibs@nibs.org | www.nibs.org | 202-289-7800
Forward to a Friend

You're receiving this monthly e-newsletter as a subscriber, member or contact of the National Institute of Building Sciences or a council, board, committee or customer of the Institute. This electronic newsletter replaces our former printed newsletter, Building Sciences. If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, please click here to unsubscribe.