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Dates to Know

January 6-10, 2014
Building Innovation 2014
Washington, DC
(See schedule below)

January 18-22, 2014
ASHRAE 2014 Winter Conference
New York City, NY

February 17-19, 2014
2014 Commercial Construction & Renovation Summit
Tampa, FL

February 23-26, 2014
Adhesion Society 37th Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA

March 4-8, 2014
Las Vegas, NV

March 21-24, 2014
2014 World of Modular
San Antonio, TX

April 7-8, 2014
ASHRAE High Performance Buildings Conference
San Francisco, CA

April 27-May 4, 2014
ICC Group C Committee Action Hearings
Memphis, TN

May 28-29, 2014
GEO Business
London, England

May 28-30, 2014
National Healthy Homes Conference
Nashville, TN

June 9-12, 2014
NFPA Conference & Expo
Las Vegas, NV

June 26-28, 2014
AIA Convention 2014
Chicago, IL

June 28-July 2, 2014
ASHRAE Annual Conference
Seattle, WA

September 14-18, 2014
IAPMO 85th Annual Education and Business Conference
Minneapolis, MN

October 7-11, 2014
ASCE Global Engineering Conference 2014
Panama City, PANAMA

What's On WBDG

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® has updated its Historic Preservation Design Objective, including Apply the Preservation Process Successfully, Update Building Systems Appropriately, Accommodate Life Safety and Security Needs, Comply with Accessibility Requirements and Sustainable Historic Preservation.

In addition, WBDG has added Green Principles for Residential Design, the first in a new series of residential resource pages. This topic is excerpted from the Beyond Green™ Guidelines for High-Performance Homes, 6th Edition by the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.

Building Innovation 2014

Workshop: Healthcare Facilities Life-Cycle
Meeting: Off-Site Construction Council
Keynote Lunch: Michael Feldman
Meeting: NBIMS Planning Committee (Members only)
Meeting: Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council
Meeting: Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Board of Direction
Workshop: Cybersecurity of Buildings
Meeting: NBIMS/NCS Project Committees
Meeting: buildingSMART alliance (bSa) Board of Direction

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 Meeting: Consultative Council
bSa Challenge: Information Exchanges (IE) Overview
Event: Exhibit Hall Open
Symposium: Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC)
Meeting: BSSC Provisions Update Committee (PUC) (Members Only)
Meeting: Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure (AHI)
Meeting: WBDG Whole Building Design Guide Board/Advisory Committee
FEDCon® Luncheon: Dennis Milsten and Philip Matkovsky
Meeting: Facility Maintenance & Operations Committee (FMOC)
Meeting: High Performance Building Council (HPBC)/HPBCCC
Meeting: Institute Board of Directors
bSa Challenge: Information Exchanges - Planning & Design
bSa Challenge: Information Exchanges - Construction & Operation
Demonstration: STEM Program
Networking Event: Exhibitors Reception

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 Symposium: Integrated Resilient Design (IRD)
Symposium: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
Educational Session: bSa NCS/NBIMS
Event: Exhibit Hall Open
Meeting: BSSC Provisions Update Committee (PUC) (Members Only)
Symposium: Facility Maintenance & Operations Committee (FMOC)
Meeting: Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK)
Luncheon: SBIC Beyond Green™ Awards
Symposium: Plenary
Networking Event: Institute Annual Reception and Awards Dinner

SBIC Board of Direction and Members
Co-Located Event: AIA Codes & Standards Committee Meeting
Symposium: buildingSMART alliance (bSa)
Meeting: BSSC Board of Direction
Symposium: Commissioning
Meeting: Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC)
Symposium: Building Enclosure Technology & Environment Council (BETEC)
Keynote Lunch: Robert Prieto
Meeting: BSSC Member
Meeting: Commissioning Council
Symposium: Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 Symposium: Building Information Modeling (BIM) Academic
Meeting: Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE)
Meeting: Government to Business (G2B) (Members Only)
Meeting: National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS)
Keynote Lunch: Brion Callori
Meeting: ProjNet User Group (Members Only)

View full Conference Schedule

December 2013

The Institute in Action

Last Chance to Save: Building Innovation 2014
Building Innovation 2014

Online registration ends tomorrow, December 31, to attend Building Innovation 2014 — the National Institute of Building Sciences Second Annual Conference & Expo, to be held January 6-10, 2014, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Register now to save $100 or more off onsite registration! Don't miss your chance to participate in a wide variety of symposia, meetings and demonstrations focused on the theme, Advancing Life-Cycle Performance. The Conference gives you the chance to learn from industry experts, network with members of the building community and earn continuing education credits. Find out more.

46 Continuing Education Units Offered at Building Innovation 2014 Select from 10 Symposia to Satisfy Professional Education Requirements

Kick off 2014 right by checking professional education off the top of the "to-do" list. Building Innovation 2014: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference & Expo, to be held January 6-10, in Washington, D.C., is a great way to earn continuing education units (CEUs) while hearing speakers who are experts in their fields. With the theme Advancing Life-Cycle Performance, Building Innovation 2014 offers a wide range of educational sessions that give attendees the opportunity to select from a total of 46 Learning Units (LUs) from the American Institute of Architects. View the list of Symposia and CEUs available.

Korean Delegation Visits the Institute

Korean Delegation

above National Institute of Building Sciences representatives Ryan Colker (front left), Deke Smith (middle left) and Huneok Lim (back left) meet with a delegation from the Republic of Korea (ROK) Public Procurement Service (similar to the U.S. General Services Administration) during a December visit. The delegation was given a presentation about Institute functions, including its building information modeling (BIM) activities. Lim, who is working with the Institute as an intern, comes from the ROK.

Building Innovation 2014 Keynote Speakers to Highlight Range of Building Science Issues

Attendees of Building Innovation 2014 will hear a variety of unique perspectives when they attend the daily keynote lunches during the week-long event, to be held January 6-10, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. From the FEDCon Lunch to the SBIC Luncheon, and throughout the week, the keynotes will occur in tangent with a host of workshops and council and committee meetings during the week. See who is speaking.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Looking Ahead to Better Forecast Construction Trends

Construction Forecasting

above Representatives from construction analytics organizations, training providers, contractors, project owners, universities and federal agencies convene for a two-day meeting at the Institute to discuss the current state of construction demand analysis and what data stakeholders need to improve their decision making. The diverse group came together December 12-13 to discuss this important topic. Of particular interest was the need to project workforce needs over the medium-term (three to five years). Participants explained that better three to five year analyses would allow training providers to adjust their programs to meet future demand and support better workforce planning, both in establishing training programs (or re-training programs if necessary) and setting up retirement systems for the construction labor force. A working group will document and share additional findings early in 2014.

Off-Site Construction Council to Hold First Official Meeting at
Building Innovation 2014

The Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) will convene Monday, January 6, during Building Innovation 2014 for its first official meeting of the membership. All industry professionals are welcome. The Institute’s Board of Directors approved the formation of the OSCC earlier this year in response to the growing need for information and consistency in the development and use of off-site construction project components. The goal of the Council is to work across all building sectors and have a membership that is representative of the diverse commercial, institutional and multifamily interests with a stake in off-site construction. The OSCC meeting is free and open to the public but registration is required. Learn more about the OSCC and registering for the meeting.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Workshop Probes into the Cybersecurity of Buildings

Buildings are becoming increasingly reliant on technologies that allow centralized monitoring and control of multiple building systems (such as building automation, fire and life safety, energy management, physical security, access control, etc.), to assist in accomplishing design and operational goals. Unfortunately, these new access points, including smart meters and enterprise energy management systems, have potential vulnerabilities. The Cybersecurity of Buildings Workshop: OT and IT Convergence – A New Paradigm, to be held Monday, January 6, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm as part of Building Innovation 2014, will provide an overview of building control systems; explain what federal agencies and the private sector are doing to develop standards, guidelines, and tools; offer best practices to help building owners, operators and maintainers create an Operations Center and Test and Development environment; and culminate in a live demonstration of a cyber-attack and defense on building control systems. Learn more about the Cybersecurity of Building Workshop and how to register for the meeting.

Symposium Focuses on Measuring, Improving Resilience of
Existing Facilities

Establishing the resilience of facilities during the operations phase of the facility life cycle is critical to managing and improving the safety and security of all types of buildings and their occupants, including schools. The Integrated Resilient Design (IRD) Symposium: Measuring and Improving Resilience of Existing Facilities, to be held Wednesday, January 8, 8:00 am – 11:45 am, as part of Building Innovation 2014, will focus on those experiences and practices that owners and operators need to both establish and improve facility resilience. By accurately and consistently measuring existing resilience, owners and operators can identify needed improvements and inform the planning of new and replacement facilities if warranted. The Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) family of tools, developed by the DHS Science & Technology (S&T) Resilient Systems Division (RSD), provides a framework for identifying resilience of a wide range of facilities based on a multi-hazard approach that incorporates interactions between facility characteristics. Learn more about the Symposium and how to register.

FEMA Releases Report to Congress: Including Building Codes
in the NFIP

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Science Branch has released a new Report to Congress, Including Building Codes in the National Flood Insurance Program. The Report describes the impact, effectiveness and feasibility of including widely used and nationally recognized building codes as part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) floodplain management criteria. The Report found the overall impacts of including building codes as part of the NFIP would be positive in helping to reduce physical flood losses and other hazard losses, which would in turn positively affect the land use planning and regulatory climate. Current model building codes, such as the International Codes used in the United States, have flood provisions that are consistent with or exceed NFIP requirements for buildings and structures, and are effective in reducing flood-related damage because of the specific mitigation provisions required in those codes for compliance. View the free report.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

BETEC Board Elects New Chair, Board Members

Chris MathisleftAt its December 5 meeting, held during the Buildings XII Conference in Clearwater, Florida, the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Board of Direction elected Chris Mathis as it new chair. Before the Board meeting, the full Council elected and re-elected a slate of eleven Board members for new three-year terms. Mathis stated his vision for BETEC to members of the Board and the Building Enclosure Council (BEC). Read about Mathis and the new BETEC Board.

DOE Survey Addresses Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking to better understand how decisions are made related to energy efficiency in commercial buildings and how best to represent project results to the commercial buildings industry. To this end, DOE has released a 10-minute online questionnaire that includes sketches of initial design concepts to gauge industry reaction and is requesting industry input. The feedback will be used to inspire a team of designers to improve the concepts to provide stakeholders with more accessible and useful information. The questionnaire is anonymous. DOE hopes it will be a fun and engaging opportunity for industry professionals to share feedback. Take the survey.

Information Resources and Technologies


buildingSMART alliance Symposium Provides the Basics of BIM, Identifies Value of Standards

No matter what their current level of understanding of building information modeling (BIM) is, attendees of the buildingSMART alliance™ (bSa) Symposium – Improving Life-Cycle Performance with BIM, to be held Thursday, January 9, 8:00 am – 5:15 pm during Building Innovation 2014, will come out wiser and more up-to-date on the current state of the art. The Symposium will start by addressing the basic benefits of leveraging information and work, and then move through the opportunities of standardizing international open standards for collecting and accessing that information. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of what standards are currently in place and how to access international guidelines and best practices. Don’t miss the chance to get up to speed on the latest in BIM. Attend the buildingSMART alliance™ Symposium. Online registration ends December 31. Register today!

Workshop Looks at Moving Data through the
Healthcare Facilities Life Cycle

Although progress has been made on the use of building information modeling (BIM) for project delivery, the use of data throughout the facility life cycle is still evolving. This is true for owners of larger and smaller facilities, including federal agencies. During the Healthcare Facilities Life-Cycle Workshop: Moving Data through Early Planning into Design and Operations, to be held Monday, January 6, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm as part of Building Innovation 2014, speakers will look at how several agencies in the federal government integrate facility management (FED iFM) into their programs. Learn more about the workshop and how to register.

TRB, buildingSMART alliance to hold Joint Workshop
Saturday, January 11

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) and buildingSMART alliance will hold a joint meeting on Digital Project Delivery, Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park. Sponsored by the TRB Application of Emerging Technologies to Design and Construction Committee (AFH30) and the buildingSMART alliance, the all-day workshop is being held in the interlude between Building Innovation 2014: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo, and the TRB 93rd Annual Meeting, to attract interested parties from both events and other subject matter experts. Digital project delivery is now the expected product as the real property and infrastructure industry moves into the information age. This workshop facilitates participants in both vertical and horizontal capital projects to collaborate.
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