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Dates to Know

September 28-October 4, 2013
National Safety Council Congress & Expo
Chicago, IL

October 1-2, 2013
WDMA Executive Management Conference
Cambridge, MA

October 2-4, 2013
IFMA's World Workplace Conference & Expo
Philadelphia, PA

October 2-10, 2013
ICC Group B Public Comment Hearings
Atlantic City, NJ

October 3, 2013
U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day
Washington, DC

October 3-13, 2013
Solar Decathlon
Irvine, CA

October 7-10, 2013
International BIM Week & Forum 2013
Munich, Germany

October 9-12, 2013
ASCE 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference
Charlotte, NC

October 17, 2013
Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines Webinar
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

October 21-23, 2013
Adhesive and Sealing Council 2013 Fall Convention
Nashville, TN

October 23, 2013
2013 ProDealer Industry Summit
Nashville, TN

November 5-6, 2013
International Conference of Advanced Building Skins
Bressanone, Italy

November 5-8, 2013
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference and Trade Show
Albuquerque, NM

November 11-13, 2013
CURT National Conference
Tucscon, AZ

November 14-15, 2013
RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium
Minneapolis, MN

November 19, 2013
CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum
Philadelphia, PA

January 6-10, 2014
Building Innovation 2014
Washington, DC

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

March 4-8, 2014
Las Vegas, NV

April 27-May 4, 2014
ICC Group C Public Comment Hearings
Memphis, TN

What's On WBDG

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® Sustainable Design Objective has received an update, including Optimize Site Potential,Optimize Energy Use, Protect and Conserve Water, Optimize Building Space and Material Use, Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Optimize Operational and Maintenance Practices.

Industry News

Design Data, Nemetschek Scia Team Up on Steel Delivery Process
Design Data, in cooperation with Nemetschek Scia, has developed a bi-directional link that allows steel fabricators to view in real-time the production status of parts and assemblies in an SDS/2 steel building information model (BIM), as well as allow production to automatically view the status of any changes that occur in design. Read the release.

September 2013

The Institute in Action

Green Participates in AIA Research Summit

AIA Summit

above National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA (top right) participates with top academic and private sector researchers from across America during The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Research Summit, held last month at the Lawrence Technological University in Southfield Michigan. AIA convened the group of university leaders to discuss: "A Comparison of Practice and Academic Research Types against Review Rigor." The focus of the Summit was for AIA to learn and document the value proposition for firms conducting research (what constitutes research for the practitioner); create a glossary and thesaurus of key architectural research terms (refine the terms from the Research Pyramid); and learn about the current trends in architectural research (develop a list of organizations doing architectural research that can form a single focus discussion at a future summit).

Register Early to Save: Building Innovation 2014
Early-Bird Rates End October 31
Building Innovation 2014

Your opportunity to see the National Institute of Building Sciences in action and collaborate with building industry professionals on Advancing Life-Cycle Performance is just four months away. Register today to join us in Washington, D.C., for Building Innovation 2014: The National Institute of Building Sciences Second Annual Conference & Expo, January 6-10, 2014, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. During Building Innovation 2014, the Institute will celebrate its 40th Anniversary as the industry advocate and leader while presenting insights into its authoritative work, delivering compelling content and sharing the latest technologies. Those seeking up-to-date information on building sciences will come together for five activity-filled days of informative presentations, quality educational sessions, technology demonstrations and networking opportunities. Register early and save $100 or more off on-site registration. Early-bird registration ends Thursday, October 31, 2013. Find out more.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Institute, DOE Partner to Develop
Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

The National Institute of Building Sciences (the Institute) announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week to coordinate an industry-driven process to develop voluntary national guidelines for commercial building workforce credentials, known as the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines. The purpose of the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines is to reduce the confusion and uncertainty around workforce credentialing; lower costs; and support better credentials, better workers and better buildings. The Institute established the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC) to lead development of the Guidelines. Read the release.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

A Dialogue on National Resilience

Resilience Dialogue

above Susan Ruffo (center), Deputy Associate Director for Climate Change Adaptation, White House Council on Environmental Quality, addresses participants from federal agencies; state and local governments; lifelines; design and construction professionals; codes and standards developers; and building owners about the President’s Climate Action Plan and its focus on preparing for the impacts of climate change. The presentation this past week was part of a day-long summit, Dialogue on National Resilience, convened by the Institute to identify opportunities for holistic and collaborative approaches to resilience.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Volunteers Wanted for the Solar Decathlon in Irvine

The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for volunteers to assist at the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO, taking place October 3-13 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. This event is free to the public and features two complementary attractions: the Solar Decathlon, where visitors can tour highly efficient, solar-powered competition houses, and the XPO, featuring visionary and innovative clean energy companies, products and educational opportunities. Volunteers work alongside Solar Decathlon and XPO organizers, serving as greeters, docents, runners, registration assistants, visitor liaisons, field trip greeters, special events volunteers and more.

A Resource Sponsor for the Solar Decathlon, the National Institute of Buildings Sciences, along with publishing partners, The American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute, provided the student teams and organizers with complimentary licenses to use the United States National CAD Standard® Version 5 online. Sign up to become a Solar Decathlon volunteer.

Information Resources and Technologies


NCS Committees Receive Unprecedented 379 Ballot Items
Ballot Comment Period Now Open for Input

The Ballot Comment Period to update the nation’s leading computer-aided design (CAD) standard is now open. The Steering Committee for the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS) is accepting comments on ballots until October 13, 2013. The NCS Committees received an unprecedented 379 ballot items (3 of which were withdrawn by authors) to amend Version 5 (V5) of the NCS. Now is the chance for NCS Project Committee members to add their thoughts to the proposed changes. Project Committee members are encouraged to review and comment in writing on any ballot item approved by a Task Team or the Steering Committee. Find out the next steps.

NBIMS-US™ Ballot Submission Period Closed
Subcommittees Currently Reviewing 40 Ballot Items

The Ballot Submission Period to comment on the nation’s building information modeling (BIM) standard has officially closed. The Submission Period to develop the National BIM Standard – United States™ Version 3 (NBIMS-US™ V3) closed September 19 after a 30-day extension. The NBIMS-US™ Subcommittees now have until October 29 to complete the review of the 40 ballots received during the Ballot Submission Period. At that time, the Subcommittees will then submit their recommendations, along with the ballots, to the full NBIMS-US™ Project Committee membership for review and comment. Get ready to vote.

WBDG Adds Cybersecurity Resources Page

Hardly a day goes by when we don’t read about cyberattacks on government and industry targets. More than ever before, building industrial control systems (ICS) and building automation systems (BAS) have become targets of these cyberattacks. To counter these threats, the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® recently posted a new Resource Page on Cybersecurity. This Resource Page provides an overview of the current efforts underway with regards to policy, standards, guides and tools to assist building owners and operators, designers and constructors in meeting cybersecurity challenges.


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