Green Participates in AIA Research Summit
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
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.
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.
A Dialogue on National Resilience
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.
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.
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.
NCS Committees Receive Unprecedented 379 Ballot Items
Ballot Comment Period Now Open for Input
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.