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Dates to Know

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

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

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, 2014
Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum
Stamford, CT

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

October 12-15, 2014
SMACNA Annual Convention
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 26-November 1, 2014
buildingSMART International Fall Summit
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

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

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

October 29-30, 2014
NeoConEast 2014
Baltimore, MD

October 30-31, 2014
Dallas, TX

November 4-5, 2014
NAPA Asphalt Sustainability Conference
New Orleans, LA

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

November 5-6, 2014
Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit
Pasadena, CA
(Receive 20% off when you enter "NIBS" in the discount field)

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

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

December 3, 2014
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

December 4, 2014
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

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 extensively updated the Sustainable Design Objective, 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. Also, WBDG has added several new Resource Pages, including Off-Site and Modular Construction Explained, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), and UFC/ISC Security Criteria Overview and Comparison.


September 2014

The Institute in Action

Registration's Open: Building Innovation 2015
Register Now to See the Institute in Action

Building Innovation 2015 Conference & Expo

above In just four short months, we’ll start the New Year off with Building Innovation 2015 — the National Institute of Building Sciences Third Annual Conference and Expo. Register today to attend Tuesday – Friday, January 6 – 9, 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., and witness the Institute in action as the industry’s advocate for a better built environment. Be there where Science meets Design™ as building industry professionals collaborate on Creating High-Performing Resilient Communities. Save $200 with early registration, which includes all keynote lunches, symposia, the Exhibitors Reception and the Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch. Early registration will end October 31, 2014. Register today. More details are available on the four-day program. View the preliminary program. Sponsorship, exhibitor and advertiser opportunities are still available. Download the event prospectus.

Submit an Abstract for the April 2015 JNIBS Issue

The editors of the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) are beginning the process of compiling articles for the April 2015 edition, which will have the theme, “Industry Leadership and Advocacy.” The list of features includes: Materials/Innovative Materials; Healthcare Infrastructure; Hazard Mitigation/Risk Assessment; Off-Site Construction; Codes and Standards; and Building Enclosure Design. Abstracts are due October 1. Submit an abstract for the issue. Interested in advertising? View the 2015 JNIBS Media Kit.

Institute Board Member Carl Baldassarra Joins WJE

Carl BaldassarraNational Institute of Building Sciences Board Member Carl F. Baldassarra, PE, FSFPE, has joined the Northbrook, Illinois, headquarters of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) as principal and unit manager. One of the nation’s leading fire protection and life safety experts, Baldassarra, has worked extensively with WJE on past projects, including the 2006 Metropolitan Highway System Stem-to-Stern Safety Review in Boston, Massachusetts. In his new capacity with WJE, Mr. Baldassarra will build and lead WJE’s fire protection practice. Learn more about Baldassarra.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Survey of Code Professionals Predicts Substantial Retirement Exodus
Highlights Opportunities to Reach New Recruits

A recent survey conducted by the National Institute of Building Sciences on behalf of the International Code Council (ICC) reveals information that, if not addressed in the coming years, may have an impact on the public safety of thousands of communities in the United States.

The survey, which consisted of 25 multiple-choice questions, went out nationwide to building code compliance professionals at the federal, regional, state and local levels this spring. The Institute will present the survey results during ICC’s “Town Hall Meeting on the Future of Code Officials,” to be held Tuesday, September 30, during the ICC Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Download the report of survey results. Visit the ICC website to view the conference schedule and register to attend.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

September Workshops and Webinars on Building Safety and Security

With the need to protect our nation’s structures from natural disasters, man-made catastrophes and cyber-attacks ever increasing, the building industry is continually concentrating on the safety and security of our buildings, infrastructure and occupants. September is National Preparedness Month. At the National Institute of Building Sciences, the September calendar of events includes several relevant courses for industry professionals to get educated on techniques and systems for increasing the safety and security of buildings, infrastructure and control systems.

There’s still time to register for the Advances in Portable Transformers and Electric Grid Technology webinar on September 16; the Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop and the Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop September 17-18; and “Is My Building Earthquake-Safe? Obstacles to a Practical Earthquake Rating System” webinar on September 25. Learn more about these events, including speakers, pricing, discounts and registration details.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Updated BEST4 Conference Covers Practitioner-Oriented
Building Enclosure Issues


above Plan to attend the Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST4) Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, April 12-15, 2015. This triennial event, presented by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Building Enclosure Council-Kansas City, will focus on Performance-Driven Architectural Design and hone in on the building envelope topics that are of concern to all industry professionals: building systems that deliver high energy efficiency, good indoor climate and long-term performance.

Presentations by building envelope experts will offer the latest thinking on a gamut of the trending technology and practice innovations. View the program details and more information at www.thebestconference.org.

Make your presence known at BEST4 with one of the remaining sponsorships. There still are a few select booth spaces and sponsorship opportunities available. Reserve your space today. Firms and individuals can also show their support for BEST4 with a business card sponsorship for only $500. Download the event prospectus for more information. Online registration will open November 3, 2014.

Let the Games Begin!
Register now for the 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition

Race to Zero LogoRegistration has opened for the upcoming 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition. The inaugural year of this program (formerly known as the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition) brought together 28 university teams to compete to design cost-effective zero energy ready homes for mainstream builders. The winning teams produced market-ready, state-of-the-art zero-energy-ready design solutions for high-performance homes that are energy efficient, comfortable and durable. Teams competed in a high-energy juried event at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. The event was such a success that DOE is repeating it in 2015.

For registration information and to view the 2015 Student Design Competition Guide, visit the Race to Zero web site.

Information Resources and Technologies


AIA, CSI and NIBS Publish
Updated United States National CAD Standard®
NCS V6 Includes New BIM Module, Symbols, Site/Civil Language

United States National CAD Standard - V6

above The United States National CAD Standard® Version 6 is now available.

Following a fifteen-month development process, the nation’s leading computer-aided design (CAD) standard has received an update. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) have announced the release of the newest edition of the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS). As with Version 5, NCS Version 6 (V6) is delivered online at the NCS website.

The new edition includes: new implementation guidelines on how to successfully implement the NCS for building information modeling (BIM) use; an improved style format; an enhanced and improved Symbols Library; and much more. NCS users who have purchased the previous version of the NCS within the past six months are eligible for a discount on NCS V6. Read the full release. Purchase the NCS Version 6 now.

buildingSMART alliance co-sponsors New I2SL
Go Beyond
Award for BIM

Go Beyond Awards LogoI2SL recently announced the winners of the 2014 Go Beyond Awards. Go Beyond Award winners show their commitment to excellence in sustainability in laboratory and other high-technology facility projects by going beyond the facility itself to consider shared resources, infrastructure and services, neighboring communities, and contribute to increased use of energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable designs, systems and products. This year’s award winners also include the first-ever building information modeling (BIM) award, co-sponsored by the buildingSMART alliance.

The 2014 Go Beyond Awards will be presented during the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference Opening Plenary Session on Monday, September 22. See the list of winners.

How NBIMS-US™ Improves Project Delivery to be Topic of ABX Workshop

Find out how building information modeling (BIM) with consensus industry standards can improve project delivery when you attend a workshop at ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) October 28-30 in Boston, Massachusetts. Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES, vice chair of the National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) Version 3 Project Committee, will present Better Project Delivery through Implementation of the National BIM Standard-United States® on Tuesday, October 28, from 8:00 to 9:30 am.

The largest building industry event in the Northeast and one of the largest in the country, the ABX conference program hosts more than 175 workshops and tours covering relevant industry issues and projects. The ABX exhibit hall is full of new and innovative products for the building industry. Register by October 14 for FREE admission to the exhibit hall and workshop discounts. ABX is produced by the Boston Society of Architects, one of the largest chapters of the AIA. Learn more about the NBIMS-US™ session. Register to attend ABX.



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