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Dates to Know

December 6-7
Energy Forum on Solar Building Skins
Bressanone, Italy

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 21-28, 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 updated the Aesthetics Design Objective, including Understanding the Language and Elements of Design, Engage the Integrated Design Process, and Design Awards. A related page, Select Appropriate Design Professionals, has also been updated.

Industry News

Workshop Scheduled for CityGML in National Mapping
For national mapping agencies, one of the challenges is how to best extend two dimensional mapping activities into 3D. The EuroSDR, Open Geospatial Consortium and Geonovum have jointly organized a workshop on CityGML for national mapping, to be held January 21-22 in Paris, to exchange knowledge on how to create and provide 3D data from existing 2D data sets. Get more details.

November 2012

The Institute in Action

Ryan Receives ICC's Prestigious Fowler Award

James T. "Tim" Ryan, vice chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors, is the recipient of the Bobby J. Fowler Award from the International Code Council (ICC). Ryan was presented the prestigious award during ICC's Annual Banquet at their October Conference in Portland, Oregon.

The Fowler Award honors the memory of the first chairman of the Code Council Board of Directors. The award is given to an individual whose contributions to the building safety and fire prevention industry advance the Council's goals in achieving a safer and more sustainable built environment. Particular emphasis is placed on the recipient's focus beyond local or regional concerns to issues and activities that span the globe.

Ryan joins Institute Board members Jim. Sealy and Emory Rodgers in receiving this distinct honor. Read the ICC release.

Green to Chair ANSI EESCC Working Group

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) recently selected National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green to chair one of eight new EESCC working groups (WG). The working groups will help lead the development of an EESCC standardization roadmap to address energy efficiency in the built environment.

All recognized experts in their fields, the chairs will lead the EESCC working groups in the development of a roadmap intended to identify what standards, codes and conformance solutions are currently available; where gaps may exist; and what additional standardization activities may be needed to advance energy efficiency in the United States. Chief among the EESCC's goals are to increase awareness, adoption and implementation of standards, codes and conformance activities among policy makers and the market.

Green will lead WG2: Systems integration and communications, which encompasses communications between building automation/operation systems, equipment and the electric grid. Learn more about this new ANSI Collaborative.

13 Reasons to Register: Building Innovation 2013

Need a good reason to register to attend Building Innovation 2013 – The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference & Expo, being held January 7-11, 2013 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C.? We've got plenty . . .

1: Building Innovation 2013 is delivered by the National Institute of Building Sciences – an authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment. 2: Building Innovation 2013 is focused on Improving Resiliency through High Performance and will present the latest advancements in a wide-range of building industry areas that offer genuine solutions for improving security, disaster preparedness, performance, sustainability, information resources and technologies for our nation's buildings and infrastructure. 3: Building Innovation 2013 is the only place you'll find the authentic event on federal construction: FEDCon®The Annual Market Outlook on Federal Construction — where attendees will hear the most authoritative, up-to-date information on federal agency building and infrastructure budgets, construction forecasts and regulatory updates. Read all 13 reasons.

If 13 reasons aren't enough, find more reasons to attend Building Innovation 2013. Don't wait. Register today!

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Symposium Focuses on Evaluating Risk, Improving Building Performance

Attend the Integrated Resilient Design Symposium and learn how to evaluate buildings against the threat of multiple hazards, using methods that quantify risk, resilience and performance to help ensure planning and operations are safe, secure, durable, efficient and sustainable. With the theme Evaluating Risk, Improving Performance, the Integrated Resilient Design Symposium offers attendees a number of tools to assess potential risks to buildings from blast, chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) threats and natural hazards, while incorporating high-performance attributes into building design.

Scheduled for Wednesday, January 9 from 8:00 am – 11:45 am during Building Innovation 2013, seating for the Integrated Resilient Design Symposium is extremely limited. Find out more about this event. Register to attend.

Resilient Buildings, Communities: Responding to Disasters in a Changing Climate

Resilient buildings and communities will be the focus of an upcoming workshop at the National Council for Science and the Environment's (NCSE) 13th National Conference. The conference, scheduled for January 15-17 in Washington, D.C., has the theme Disasters and the Environment: Science, Preparedness and Resilience. Institute Presidential Advisor Ryan Colker will moderate Breakout Workshop 8, "Resilient Buildings and Communities: Responding to Disasters in a Changing Climate," and Institute President Henry L. Green will serve as a panelist. Get more information.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

NIBS Guideline 3 Featured at the Greenbuild International Conference

Over 300 attendees at the Greenbuild International Conference participate in a session focused on the importance of building enclosure commissioning and the role of NIBS Guideline 3.

Help Get Students Involved in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math

The National Institute of Building Sciences recently began an effort to promote building sciences as an element of the broader effort to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The STEM effort incorporates multiple facets designed to engage students in all aspects of the design, construction and operations and maintenance of buildings.

The Institute is looking for individuals and organizations that would consider providing technical and financial support to this important activity meant to benefit the entire building community. Read the Letter. Find out about volunteer opportunities. Make a financial contribution.

Information Resources and Technologies


buildingSMART alliance, buildingSMART Canada Sign MOU

buildingSMART alliance Assisting Director Birgitta Foster (left) and Executive Director Deke Smith (second from left) shake hands with John Hale and Susan Keenliside of buildingSMART Canada. Representatives of the two organizations signed a memorandum of agreement (MOU) while attending recent buildingSMART International meetings last month in Tokyo, Japan.

The five-year renewable agreement is focused on building information modeling (BIM) standards, which are critical for interoperability throughout the facilities industry, and specifically addresses the joint development and content sharing of the National BIM Standard for both countries. The buildingSMART alliance has similar agreements with buildingSMART Korea, buildingSMART United Kingdom and Ireland, and another group in Canada, CanBIM.

Free FEMP Courses Now Available on the WBDG

The U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has partnered with the National Institute of Building Sciences to offer FEMP E-Learning Courses on the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG). These interactive, on-demand, self-paced and self-tracking courses are supportive of the Federal Building Personnel Training Act competencies and will provide up-to-date information targeted to mid-level Federal Energy, Water and Sustainability Managers.

Eight courses are currently available online. All of the courses are approved for FEMP CEUs and American Institute of Architects (AIA) Learning Units. Visit the WBDG.

buildingSMART allianceTM Conference Focuses on Integrating BIM,
Moving the Industry Forward

In an industry known for construction delays and cost overruns, high-quality building information modeling (BIM) projects are being built on time (or even early) and significantly under budget. Now is the time to expand your knowledge of all things BIM and find ways to implement it in your work. The buildingSMART allianceTM Conference, to be held January 7-11, as part of Building Innovation 2013, will help you understand how BIM can better integrate the design, construction, fabrication and operation processes, and provide you with the latest metrics available to assess industry progress.

With the theme, Integrating BIM: Moving the Industry Forward, the buildingSMART alliance Conference looks at the big picture of implementing BIM into daily practice. The week-long event includes committee meetings, such as the buildingSMART alliance Board of Direction, National BIM Standard-United States Planning and Project Committee meetings, and the United States National CAD Standard Project Committee; two days of educational sessions; a full day of innovative technology demonstrations with the Information Exchange Working Group; and a BIM Academic Education Symposium focused on teaching the next generation. Register today and be a part of all the BIM activity.

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.

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