Last Chance to Save: 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
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.
Looking Ahead to Better Forecast Construction Trends
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.
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
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.
BETEC Board Elects New Chair, Board Members
At 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.
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.