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Dates to Know

August 27, 2014
Outcome-Based Pathway Webinar
3:00 pm EST.

August 27, 2014
Mid-Atlantic Wood Solutions Fair
Washington, DC

September 9-11, 2014
GlassBuild America
Las Vegas, NV

September 14-17, 2014
AAMA National Fall Conference
Denver, CO

September 14-18, 2014
IAPMO's 85th Annual Education and Business Conference

September 17-18, 2014
Barrier Management Symposium (Region 9)
Long Beach, CA

September 17, 2014
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

September 18, 2014
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

September 19, 2014
Off-Site Construction Council Survey Due
5:00 pm

September 20-24, 2014
ASPE Biennial Convention & Exposition
Chicago, IL

September 20-28, 2014
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists 2014 Annual Meeting
Scottsdale, AZ

September 22-24, 2014
I2SL Annual Conference
Orlando, FL

September 23, 2014
Consultative Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 24, 2014
Coordinating Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 25, 2014
Institute Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, DC

September 25, 2014
MMC Webinar "Is My Building Earthquake-Safe? Obstacles to a Practical Earthquake Rating System"
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
(pre-registration required)

September 28-30, 2014
ICC 2014 Annual Conference
Fort Lauderdale, FL

October 1-3, 2014
2014 World Energy Engineering Conference
Washington, DC

October 1-4, 2014
ICC Public Comment Hearings
Fort Lauderdale, FL

October 7-8, 2014
NFMT Vegas 2014
Las Vegas, NV

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

October 8-10, 2014
PHCC Convention
New Orleans, LA

October 12-15, 2014
SMACNA Annual Conference
San Antonio, TX

October 20, 2014
WELL 2014 Symposium
New Orleans, LA

October 20-22, 2014
ASC Fall Convention and Expo
Greenville, SC

October 22-24, 2014
New Orleans, LA

October 23, 2014
U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2014
Washington, DC

October 28-29, 2014
9th Energy Forum for Advanced Building Skins
Bressanone, ITALY

October 28-30, 2014
ABX ArchitectureBoston Expo
Boston, MA

October 30-31, 2014
Dallas, TX

November 4-7, 2014
Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show
Naples, FL

November 16-18, 2014
AHRI Annual Meeting
Carlsbad, CA

November 19-21, 2014
2014 FLASH Annual Conference
Orlando, FL

January 6-9, 2015*
Building Innovation 2015
Washington, DC

January 20-22, 2015
2015 International Builders Show
Las Vegas, NV

April 1-3, 2015
Living Future 2015
Seattle, WA

What's On WBDG

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® has updated the Roofing Systems section of the Building Envelope Design Guide. In addition, WBDG is home to thousands of standards, specifications and documents from 20 different federal agencies in the Construction Criteria Base (CCB) library. Recent additions to CCB include the Department of State Guide to Green Embassies and Change 2 to the Department of Defense Unified Facilities Criteria UFC 1-200-02, High Performance And Sustainable Building Requirements.

Industry News

Leading Building Industry Groups Agree to Coordinate Green Building Codes, Standards
The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), ASHRAE, the International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have signed a memorandum to collaborate on the development of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings; ICC's International Green Construction Code (IgCC); and USGBC's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building program. The unprecedented cooperation aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes and/or provide incentives for voluntary leadership programs such as LEED. Read the release.

August 2014

The Institute in Action

National Institute of Building Sciences Celebrates 40 Years

NIBS 40th Anniversary Logoabove Forty years ago, the United States Congress authorized the establishment of the National Institute of Building Sciences when President Gerald Ford signed the Housing and Community Development Act into law on August 22, 1974.

Since its founding in 1974, the Institute has established dozens of councils; developed numerous projects; and brought together thousands of representatives from government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to focus on the identification and resolution of problems and potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States. From seismic safety provisions to building information modeling standards, the Institute has spearheaded many ground-breaking and well-known projects over its 40-year history. View some of the highlights.

Building Innovation 2015 Registration Opens in Less than One Week
Get Ready to See the Institute in Action

Building Innovation 2015 Conference & Expo

above Registration to attend Building Innovation 2015 — the National Institute of Building Sciences Third Annual Conference and Expo, Tuesday – Friday, January 6 – 9, 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. opens September 1, 2014. Plan to attend and witness as the Institute joins forces with building industry professionals to collaborate on Creating High-Performing Resilient Communities. Early registration saves you $200 off onsite rates and includes all keynote lunches, symposia, the Exhibitors Reception and the Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch. Early registration will end October 31, 2014.

Come for the informative agenda that will highlight the Institute’s activities and programs for developing innovative solutions to achieve a better built environment. During the four days, the Institute will present symposia in four tracks and bring the full audience together for a plenary symposium to review industry collaboration. Sponsorship, exhibitor and advertiser opportunities are still available. Find out more.

Former Institute Board Member William J. Coad Dies

William J. Coad William J. Coad, PE, FASHRAE, a former member of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors, died on August 9, 2014, after a brief illness. Elected to the Board in 2007 as a professional engineer in the public interest category, Coad sat on the Awards, Budget and Finance, and Nominations Committees, and was a member of the High Performance Building Council and served as liaison for the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council. He chaired the High Performance Building Task Group, which submitted a report assessing high-performance buildings to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy. In that role, Coad testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment in April 2009. Coad retired from the Board in 2009. Read more.

2015 JNIBS Media Kit Now Available
Advertise, Subscribe, Submit an Abstract

JNIBS 2015 Media Kitabove Be sure to put those advertising dollars in the budget now in preparation for advertising in the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) next year. The 2015 JNIBS Media Kit, which is now available, offers a number of advertising options, from full-page color ads to 1/8 page marketplace spots, and everything in between. Don’t miss the chance to reach JNIBS readers—those professionals from across the building industry who are responsible for advancing the built environment. The issue themes and features for the 2015 Editorial Calendar have greatly expanded from last year’s calendar, so check out the kit for opportunities to submit an abstract for one of the six bi-monthly issues scheduled to come out in 2015. Download the Media Kit now. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Help the Institute Understand Current Extent of
Off-site Construction Projects
Take the OSCC Survey

The Institute’s Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) is a knowledge center on issues of off-site construction and productivity in the commercial building sector. The council is a research, education and outreach organization focused on the creation, management and transfer of off-site construction knowledge. As part of that role, the OSCC is conducting a survey of representatives from across building disciplines to understand the current extent of projects that use off-site construction technologies and practices, their successes or shortcomings, and the opportunity to address industry needs in utilization of these techniques. The survey will close Friday, September 19, end of business day. Help advance the industry and support achievement of high-performance buildings. Take the survey now.

Webinar to Focus on Benefits of Outcome-Based Code Provisions

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the benefits of using outcome-based code provisions to achieve improved energy performance in buildings. The National Institute of Buildings Sciences and supporting organizations will conduct a free webinar, Realizing Energy Efficiency Goals Through an Outcome-Based Pathway, today, Wednesday, August 27, at 3:00 pm EDT. This webinar will examine the challenges communities and code departments face in realizing sustainability goals—particularly those related to energy use—and a new potential mechanism within the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) to realize these goals in light of those challenges. View what will be discussed.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Head “Back to School” to Learn Cybersecurity for
Building Control Systems

Institute to Hold Cybersecurity Workshops September 17-18

Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshops

above The time to learn more about cybersecurity for building control systems is now. The nation’s buildings are increasingly relying on building control systems (otherwise known as operational technology) that are Internet-enabled. The National Institute of Building Sciences will sponsor a Cybersecurity Workshop series for the second time, to be held September 17-18 in Washington, D.C. The Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop and the Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop, taught by Michael Chipley, The PMC Group LLC, and Eric Bodkin, root9b, address this important issue, which is of increasing concern to organizations. Since this is only the second time the Institute is offering these workshops, participants who attend the “beta trial run” of the workshops can receive a discount of 50% off the full rate by using the code CYBER50. Register to attend.

Is My Building Earthquake-Safe?
Tune in to MMC's Third Webinar for Answers
Presented by NCSEA Existing Buildings Committee Chair

The Institute’s Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) announces its third webinar in its webinar series on mitigation. “Is My Building Earthquake-Safe? Obstacles to a Practical Earthquake Rating System,” presented by David Bonowitz, S.E., chair of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Existing Buildings Committee, will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT. Through the series, the MMC serves to address social considerations, governance (including building codes and zoning ordinances), the built environment, hazard and risk assessment and economics. Find out about the webinar.

FEMA Launches Newly Redesign Flood Map Service Center

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk MAP program is pleased to announce the launch of the newly redesigned FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC). In addition to a streamlined and intuitive user interface, the upgraded MSC provides a number of new features and benefits to the public. 

The MSC is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The latest generation MSC serves as a streamlined product portal that provides both general and advanced users with intuitive, powerful and completely free of charge access to flood hazard products and tools. For a summary of changes, view the New FEMA Flood Map Service Center factsheet. Try out the new site.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Nominate Excellence in High-Performing, Resilient Buildings
and Communities
Beyond Green™ Awards Now Address Resilience

The Institute’s Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has incorporated resilience into its 2014 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards. The awards program, which issued its 2014 Call for Entries earlier this month, highlights those initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. This year, for the first time, buildings and communities can be recognized for their contributions to building and community level resilience.

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Beyond Green™ Awards is Friday, October 31, at 5:00 pm EDT. Take this opportunity to recognize a deserving high-performance project, particularly one that addresses resilience. The application process is now available online. Read the release. Submit an entry today!

Updated BEST4 Conference Program Designed
with Practitioners in Mind


above Join the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Building Enclosure Council-Kansas City, and many of the world’s foremost experts on building enclosure design and construction at the Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST4) Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, April 12-15, 2015. This triennial event, focusing on Performance-Driven Architectural Design, will present the latest research pertinent to all industry professionals: building systems that deliver high energy efficiency, good indoor climate and long-term performance.

And newly added for BEST4, two forums geared specifically toward the practitioner and sponsored by the Building Enclosure Council: “Performance Testing for QA and Commissioning,” and “Form vs. Function,” featuring a multidisciplinary panel addressing the gamut of building planning, design, and testing. Other sessions throughout the three-day program will focus on fire performance evaluation, net-zero building design, the Living Building Challenge and a host of other practice-pertinent topics. Preview the updated Conference program and find out more at www.thebestconference.org.

The BEST opportunity to show off your company’s products and services to an enthusiastic audience of building enclosure experts is during the BEST4 Conference and Expo. As a sponsor/exhibitor, you’ll have access to design and construction decision makers. Don’t delay. Spaces are filling up quickly. Reserve your space today. Business card sponsorships are only $500. Download the event prospectus for rates and details on all opportunities.

Information Resources and Technologies


Discover How the National BIM Standard-United States® Can Improve Project Delivery
NBIMS-US Project Committee Vice-Chair to Speak at ABX

Building industry professionals at the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX), to be held October 28-30 in Boston, Massachusetts, will have the opportunity to learn how building information modeling (BIM) with consensus industry standards can improve project delivery when they attend a workshop presented by Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES.

Ouellette serves as vice chair of the National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) Version 3 Project Committee, the committee responsible for developing that standard for the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance. He will present Better Project Delivery through Implementation of the National BIM Standard-US® on Tuesday, October 28, from 8:00 to 9:30 am. Read the release.


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