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Dates to Know

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

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

January 21, 2015
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

January 22, 2015
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

January 24-28, 2015
ASHRAE 2015 Winter Conference
Chicago, IL

February 1-3, 2015
Getting to Zero National Forum
Washington, DC

February 2-6, 2015
World of Concrete
Las Vegas, NV

February 11, 2015
BSSC Colloquim: Seismic Design Technology for New Buildings—The 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions
Burlingame, CA

February 20-25, 2015
Adhesion Society 38th Annual Meeting
Savannah, GA

March 10-12, 2015
National Facility Management and Technology Show (NFMT)
Baltimore, MD

March 13-16, 2015
World of Modular 2015
Las Vegas, NV

March 17-18, 2015
26th Annual GLOBALCON
Philadelphia, PA

March 25-28, 2015
2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference
Nashville, TN

March 31-April 3, 2015
2015 EERI Annual Meeting
Boston, MA

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

April 7-8, 2015
9th BIM Academic Symposium & Job Task Analysis Review
Washington, DC

April 13-15, 2015
Building Enclosure Sciences & Technology Conference (BEST4)
Kansas City, MO

April 14-16, 2015
CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum
Austin, TX

April 16-18, 2015
2015 NEBB Annual Conference
Honlulu, HI

May 14-16, 2015
AIA Convention 2015
Atlanta, GA

June 15-17, 2015
Chicago, IL

June 24-28, 2015
ASPE 2015 Annual Meeting and Estimator's Summit
San Diego, CA

June 28-30, 2015
2015 Every Building Conference & Expo

Los Angeles, CA

September 27-29, 2015
2015 ICC Annual Conference and Group A Public Comment Hearings
Long Beach, CA

September 27-October 1, 2015
86th IAPMO Annual Education and Business Conference
Las Vegas, NV

September 30-October 3, 2015
NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit
Las Vegas, NV

October 7-9, 2015
IFMA's World Workplace
Denver, CO

October 11-14, 2015
ASCE Convention 2015
New York, NY

November 18-20, 2015
Washington, DC

What's On WBDG

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® has updated the Project Management section, including: Project Planning, Delivery and Controls, Project Delivery Teams, Select Appropriate Design Professionals and Risk Management. In addition, a new WBDG Resource Page, Moisture Management Strategies, is now available.





December 2014

The Institute in Action

Building Innovation 2015 Offers 32 Continuing Education Units
Select from 7 Different Events to Satisfy Professional Education Requirements

Building Innovation 2015

above Attend Building Innovation 2015: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo and check professional education requirements off the top of your 2015 “to-do” list. The Institute’s Annual Conference, to be held January 6-9, in Washington, D.C., is a great way to earn continuing education units (CEUs) while hearing from speakers who are experts in their fields. With the theme Creating High-Performing Resilient Communities, Building Innovation 2015 offers a number of educational sessions that give attendees the opportunity to select from a total of 32 Learning Units (LUs) from the American Institute of Architects. View the list of events with CEUs.

Don’t miss out on the room savings and availability. The Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, located at 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, is the location of the Conference and the most convenient place to stay. The special discount rate of $179 is available for Conference attendees until Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to mention "Building Innovation 2015" when making reservations to secure the discounted room rate. Make your reservations online or call 202-328-2000 or 877-212-5752.

Building Innovation 2015 Conference Schedule:

Tuesday, January 6

Meeting: buildingSMART Alliance® Planning Committee
Meeting: Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE)
Meeting: ProjNet™ User
Meeting: Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Board of Direction
Meeting: WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®
Meeting: High Performance Building Council
Meeting: National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS)
Keynote Luncheon: Chairman of the Institute's Board of Directors, James "Tim” T. Ryan
Meeting: buildingSMART Alliance
Meeting: Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC)
Meeting: Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC)
Meeting: Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Board of Direction
Meeting: Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC)
Meeting: Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC)
Meeting: Commissioning Industry Leaders Council
Meeting: Government to Business (G2B)
Meeting: Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK)
Meeting: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)

Wednesday, January 7

Opening Keynote Session: Bryan Koon, President of the National Emergency Management Association and Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management
Exhibit Hall Open
Meeting: Consultative Council
Symposium: Security & Disaster Preparedness
Symposium: Information Resources & Technology
Networking Event: Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch
Symposium: Security & Disaster Preparedness
Symposium: Information Resources & Technology
Networking Event: Exhibitors Reception

Thursday, January 8

Exhibit Hall Open
Symposium: Industry Leadership & Advocacy
Symposium: Facility Performance & Sustainability
Luncheon: SBIC Beyond Green™ Awards
Meeting: CEO Summit
Symposium: Industry Leadership & Advocacy
Symposium: Facility Performance & Sustainability
Networking Event: State of the Institute Annual Reception and Awards Banquet and Retirement Celebration for Earle Kennett

Friday, January 9

Symposium: Plenary CEO Panel
Luncheon: FEDCon® Keynote Address, Norman Dong, Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Meeting: Institute Board of Directors
Meeting: Special Session — Ten Years after "Mitigation Saves": An Examination of the Value of Private-Sector Investment in Mitigation

View the detailed schedule of events.

Celebrate, Say Farewell to a Pillar of the Institute
Earle Kennett to Retire in January

Earle KennettThe National Institute of Building Sciences will bid farewell to Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Earle Kennett when he retires in January. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate Earle, take a trip through his quarter of a century at the Institute and spotlight some of the best (and most entertaining) of his many endeavors.

Join us at the Institute’s Annual Reception and Banquet on Thursday, January 8, 2015, from 6:00-9:00 pm, as we say goodbye to an individual who has left an indelible mark on this organization. We’ll highlight Earle’s career and say thank you to the man who has done so much to advance building science and technology. Read the release. Buy a ticket to attend. (Please select both tickets 4 and 4A).

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Colker Updates BCAP on the Outcome-Based Compliance Pathway

Colker presentation at BCAP Meeting

above Institute Presidential Advisor Ryan Colker gives a presentation during the Annual Stakeholders Meeting of the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). He explained the history and implementation of the new Outcome-Based Compliance Pathway for energy use, which the International Code Council membership recently approved for inclusion in the 2015 International Green Construction Code. Colker and the National Institute of Building Sciences submitted the proposed code change and led the industry effort to get support for the alternative pathway. Learn more about outcome-based pathways.

AHI Talks Healthcare at German-Italian Conference

Joe Powell, the executive director of the Institute’s Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure (AHI) gave the keynote address at an event at the Italian Embassy in Berlin, Germany, December 10. The occasion: the “Health and Gestaltung” Conference, hosted by the Italian Ambassador to Germany, H. E. Pietro Benassi. In attendance were dignitaries from the Italian city of Torino (Turin). Berlin and Torino officially announced their Strategic Partnership to study and improve each city’s healthcare infrastructure. During his presentation, Powell described the AHI’s Collaborative Research Project, which involves 30 of the United States’ most important healthcare systems and is intended to study healthcare infrastructure improvements in 10 specific areas. Find out more about AHI.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Save the Date!
BSSC to Host NEHRP Colloquium February 11 in California

Attend this upcoming colloquium and find out about the key outcomes, major updates and future research needs from the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures update process. The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will present “Seismic Design Technology for New Buildings—The 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions,” on February 11, 2015, in Burlingame, California. Geared to the BSSC membership and the structural engineering community, the BSSC Colloquium will include an awards luncheon to recognize individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the development of the 2015 NEHRP Provisions. Learn more about the event.

Begin 2015 with a Focus on Cybersecurity
Institute Cybersecurity Workshops Return January 21-22

The cybersecurity of buildings and key infrastructure is increasingly in the news. Start your new year with a focus on this important issue. 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 sponsors a series of workshops on cybersecurity to provide essential training and information on protecting building control systems. The Institute will repeat these educational workshops taught by Michael Chipley, The PMC Group LLC on January 21-22, 2015. The Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop and the Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop address critical information on protecting the Internet-enabled building control systems relied on by an increasing number of the nation’s buildings. The Institute is offering these workshops at a discount of 50% off the full rate with the code CYBER50. Register now for the Introductory Workshop and the Advanced Workshop.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Discover the BEST in Cutting-Edge Building Enclosure Research, Design and Practices at BEST4


above The fourth Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference™ (BEST4) promises quality programing covering every aspect of building enclosure research, design and practices. Join the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Building Enclosure Council-Kansas City for the BEST4 Conference to be held at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, April 13-15, 2015.

Under the umbrella theme, Performance-Driven Architectural Design, the practitioner-centric Conference topics include: building envelope commissioning processes and practices; Net-zero energy buildings; NFPA 285 and fire testing; and dynamic daylighting and glare control. View the updated Conference program and design your own learning experience from three tracks: Whole Building Design, Energy Efficiency and Fenestration. BEST4 gives you the chance to earn up to 16 CEUs from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). (Please note: One-day registrants will need to self-report CEUs to AIA; NIBS will report CEUs for full-conference registrants.) Register by January 31, 2015, to save $100 with early-bird registration.

Sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers: Spaces are filling up far ahead of the BEST3 schedule. Don't wait; make your presence known at BEST4 by reserving your space today! Firms and individuals: Show your support for BEST4 with a business card advertisement for only $500. Download the event prospectus for more information. Find out more about BEST4 at www.thebestconference.org.

CWCC Wraps Up its Work on 4 Job Categories

The Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council is completing its work on the Job Task Analyses and schema for its first four job categories: Energy Manager, Building Energy Auditor, Building Operations Professional and Building Commissioning Professional, which have all been accepted by the CWCC Board of Direction contingent on validation by the Scheme Committees. The U.S. Department of Energy provided the seed money to initiate a new approach, working with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Accreditation Service (IAS) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) in coordinating education, testing and credentialing of energy professionals by the major credentialing organizations. These Job Task Analyses and schemes will save the industry hundreds of thousands of dollars while helping to align the job titles for improving the quality of energy management of facilities in the United States. Learn more about the work of the CWCC.

Information Resources and Technologies


Registration Now Open for 9th BIM Academic Symposium

Each year, the buildingSMART alliance convenes a symposium focused on building information modeling (BIM) in education. Registration for the 2015 event, the 9th BIM Academic Symposium, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, is now open. This two-day event, which brings together representatives of different academic programs and industries to discuss the technology-based collaboration among the architecture, engineering, construction, owner and operator (AECOO) industry, will explore how BIM educational activities incorporated at different levels of college curriculum are affecting the attainment of educational outcomes through credentialing, accreditation or certification. The BIM Academic Symposium will be held in concert with a BIM Job Task Analysis Review on Wednesday, April 8, at the Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Register now.

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