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Building Sciences

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Dates to Know

October 15-19
buildingSMART International Meeting
Tokyo, Japan

October 18-19
RICS Summit of the Americas 2012
Miami Beach, FL

October 18-20
ASCE 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference
Montreal, QC

October 21-28
ICC Annual Conference and Group A Final Action Hearings
Portland, OR

October 22-24
Building Enclosure Commissioning Process for Delivering Quality Constructed Projects
Las Vegas, NV

October 24-26
ATC&SEI Advances in Hurricane Engineering Conference
Miami, FL

October 27-31
2012 ASPE Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition
Charlotte, NC

October 30-November 1
SARMA 6th Annual Conference
Arlington, VA

October 31-November 2
IFMA's World Workplace 2012
San Antonio, TX

November 6-9
FCI 13th Annual Firestop Industry Conference and Trade Show
Lake Buena Vista, FL

November 8
HVACie – Comments Due

November 11-13
2012 IES Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN

November 11-13
2012 AHRI Annual Meeting
Palm Springs, CA

November 12-13
8th Global Slag Conference & Exhibition
Las Vegas, NV

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

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

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

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

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 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 these new laboratory-related Resource Pages:
Security and Safety in Laboratories, Trends in Lab Design and Using LEED on Laboratory Projects.

Industry News

NAHBGreen Award Entries Deadline Extended
It's not too late to submit an entry for the 2013 NAHBGreen Awards, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, October 25. This highly recognized awards program honors excellence in green residential design, construction practices and outstanding green advocacy efforts.

ENERGY STAR® Homes Account for 26% of 2011 Construction
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's online periodical, "Today in Energy," homes built to voluntary ENERGY STAR® specifications made up 26% of all new homes constructed in the United States during 2011. Under the latest update of the specifications that went into effect earlier this year, ENERGY STAR® homes consume at least 15% less energy than those built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

October 2012

The Institute in Action

The Building Innovation 2013 Difference — Get More for Less . . .

Register to attend the industry conference that gives you more for less. Building Innovation 2013, January 7-11, 2013, in Washington, D.C., is the exclusive industry conference delivered by the National Institute of Building Sciences — an authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment.

Spend less on registration for Building Innovation 2013 the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo — and get more of what you really want. The Institute's Conference is the only place you'll find these established and popular events: FEDCon The Annual Market Outlook on Federal Construction, now in its 20th year; the buildingSMART alliance Conference; and the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium, all at one conference and there is so much more. Learn more.  View the program highlights. Register to attend.

Lynn Winner of the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award

Ronald L. Lynn (left), director and building official with the Clark County Department of Development Services in Nevada, discusses the importance of codes and standards in protecting buildings on the Las Vegas Strip. Selected by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee as the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award, Lynn addressed attendees at the WSD Dinner, held October 11, in Washington, D.C. He was nominated by the International Code Council (ICC) for his outstanding contributions to enhancing building codes and ensuring a safe built environment. Read more about Lynn.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

BSSC Board, PUC Meet in Washington, D.C.

Jim. W. Sealy, FAIA, the new Chair of the Building Seismic Safety Council Board of Direction, addresses his recently elected Board at a face-to-face meeting at the Institute on October 11. During the meeting, the Board reviewed work of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Provisions Update Committee (PUC), which had met the previous two days. PUC is actively working on provisions to be introduced in the current International Code Council code cycle. If approved, the work will affect codes and standards to be issued at the end of 2014.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Deadline for 2012 Beyond GreenTM Entries is November 2

The deadline for entries for the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council's (SBIC) 2012 Beyond GreenTM High-Performance Building Awards is quickly approaching. This unique program highlights those initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, while providing real-world examples of high-performance design and construction processes. Winners of the Beyond GreenTM High-Performance Building Awards will present their projects at a special Beyond GreenTM Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Modular Building Institute, to be held during Building Innovation 2013, January 7-10, 2013. SBIC also is seeking nominations for the 2012 Greg Franta Memorial Award. Submissions are due November 2, 2012. Don't miss the chance to submit a project, initiative or product. Download the Call for Entries.

SBIC Appoints Jury for 2012 Beyond GreenTM
High-Performance Building Awards

The jury for the 2012 Beyond GreenTM High-Performance Building Awards is now in place. The National Institute of Building Science's Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) appointed: Lance Davis, AIA; Martin Fischer; Maureen Guttman, AIA; Susan Piedmont-Palladino; and Jim. Sealy, FAIA.

The jury is responsible for selecting those buildings, initiatives and products that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high-performance, from all of the entries submitted to SBIC by the November 2 deadline. Learn more about the Beyond GreenTM High-Performance Building Awards. Download the Call for Entries. Register for the Luncheon.

Institute Completes VAFM Contract

The National Institute of Building Sciences has completed a multi-year contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to transform life-cycle facility management across the VA. The Secretary of the Department created the VA Facility Management Transformation Initiative (VAFM) to move the agency into a 21st century organization. The VAFM initiative encompassed all facilities management activities across five core processes: Planning, Project Delivery, Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Resource Management and Enterprise Portfolio Management. Learn more about the contract and what comes next.

Correction: Former BETEC Board Member, Dr. Donald Onysko, Dies

The September issue of Building Sciences included an article honoring Dr. Donald Onysko, a long-time, active member of the Institute's Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC), who recently passed away. The story incorrectly stated that Onysko served on BETEC's Board of Direction for 10 years. In actuality, Onysko became a member of BETEC in 1997 and joined the BETEC Board in 1989. He served on the Board for more than 23 years, part of that time in the role as secretary, until his death September 9. He will be greatly missed.

Information Resources and Technologies


Join a United States National CAD Standard Task Team Today!

The Steering Committee behind the nation's leading computer-aided design (CAD) standard is forming Task Teams to guide the development of Version 6 of the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS). The NCS Steering Committee wants to continue the tradition of tapping the best work of the brightest in the industry to provide direction for the NCS.

Task Teams, the NCS Project Committee working groups behind the NCS, are formed to investigate, explore or address matters pertinent to the ongoing development of the NCS. Task Teams maintain oversight of a particular subset of the existing content of the NCS, deliver recommendations to the Steering Committee and play a key role in managing the ballot process, keeping the NCS current and responsive. The NCS Version 6 Steering Committee is seeking members for a number of Standing and Ad-hoc Task Teams to work on Version 6. Download the Task Team application form.

Get the Latest NBIMS Information Exchange Tools Straight from the Source

Come witness the newest, most cutting-edge building information modeling (BIM) information exchange (IE) standards being developed for inclusion in the National BIM Standard-United StatesTM (NBIMS-US) straight from the official source that creates them. Attend the all-day IE Working Group Meeting Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C; just one of a series of events taking place during Building Innovation 2013 — the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo.

This meeting, which is free and open to the public, is where the Working Group will present the latest progress on IE projects and set the course of IE development for the year ahead, including: the release of the national standard best-practice guide, Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) Guide and a new series of proposed IE standards for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); electrical; water and sensor system domains. National experts will share their findings and introduce each proposed standard. Plus, at this year's buildingSMART alliance Challenge, software vendors will test to see how their software packages (supporting design, construction and fabrication) perform using the new IE standards. Learn more.

NBIMS-US Project Committee Officers Now in Place

The Project Committee for the nation's building information modeling (BIM) standard now has its officers in place. Jeffrey W. Oullette, architect product specialist at Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., was elected to serve as vice chair of the National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US) Project Committee. Connor Christian, BIM manager at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., was appointed secretary. In their new roles, they will assist in developing the latest edition of the standard, NBIMS-US Version 3. They join Chris Moor, director of industry initiatives at the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), who the Nominating Committee recently selected as chair.

Solar Decathlon 2013 Teams to Use United States National CAD Standard®

Visitors tour the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 in Washington, D.C. At the 2013 event, to be held at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., the teams will use the United States National CAD Standard®. (Photo credit: Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.)

Student teams competing in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2013 will be able to ensure their documentation is professional and easily understood now that the publishing partners of the nation's leading computer-aided design (CAD) standard have given the teams complimentary licenses to the United States National CAD Standard®.

The American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute and the National Institute of Building Sciences — publishing partners of the NCS — agreed to provide all 20 teams and the two Solar Decathlon 2013 organizers with complimentary licenses to use NCS Version 5 online. Read more about the sponsorship.

Get a Taste of COBieLite

Sometimes a whole building information model (BIM) or a complete Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) is more than a person needs to answer a question about a facility. COBieLite will allow people to get a bite-sized piece of facilities asset information. COBieLite is perfect for people who live in a building or innovators working on energy-efficiency applications for smart devices who just need a specific piece of data about a facility. Get involved in this innovative new standard. Learn more about COBieLite.

buildingSMART allianceTM Sponsors BIM Camps

The buildingSMART allianceTM is one of a number of groups sponsoring upcoming Nemetschek Vectorworks BIM Camps scheduled in New York and San Francisco on November 1 and November 9 respectively.

"There is no question that open standards-based BIM is the way the world is moving," said Alliance Executive Director Deke Smith. "Getting a good understanding of how to use IFC-based BIM [Industry Foundation Class – ISO 16739] will give designers a leg up on the competition." Find out more.

Institute Awards ProjNetTM Contract to Riverside Research

The National Institute of Building Sciences has awarded the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Lab, one of Riverside Research's six interconnected research laboratories, a four-year contract to develop, operate, maintain and support ProjNetTM. Under this contract, Riverside Research will maintain, enhance and support the software; supply secure 24/7 hosting services, and provide Help Desk and training services to ProjNetTM users worldwide from the company's CSE Lab in Champaign, Illinois. Read the Riverside Research release.

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