Building Innovation 2016 is on Track to Deliver a Collaborative Program
Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference & Expo is on track to foster industry-wide collaboration on innovative solutions for Achieving a Resilient Future. The Conference offers four educational symposia presented in two collaborative tracks.
In Track One: Guidance and Groundwork – People, Processes, Tools and Technologies to Reach Resilience, the Industry Leadership & Advocacy Symposium will look at the People and Processes to Reach Resilience. Speakers and panelists will discuss the efforts currently underway at the National Institute of Building Sciences and elsewhere that are driving advancements aimed at the people who operate the built environment and the processes they use in order to better achieve a resilient future. The Information Resources & Technologies Symposium will tackle the Tools and Technologies to Reach Resilience and identifies the current and emerging tools and technologies essential to the realization of high-performance and resilience goals.
Under Track Two: Preparation and Performance – Realizing Resilience through Incentives, the Facility Performance and Sustainability Symposium will concentrate on Realizing Resilience: Incentives for Owners and Operators. The Symposium will work on solutions for improving resilience within the building stock through the use of incentives. The Security and Disaster Preparedness Symposium will examine Realizing Resilience: Incentives for Local Leaders and Lifelines. This symposium will begin with an examination of the various segments of the community that should be included when considering potential incentive pathways and conclude with a high-level panel of experts from across the industry to discuss the path forward in implementing incentives to achieve a resilient future.
Registration opens September 1. View the full preliminary program. Sign up to receive news and updates. Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor.
Skaggs to Serve on Texas A&M University’s Institute for Advanced Study
Ronald L. Skaggs, chairman emeritus and chief executive officer of HKS Inc. and past chairman of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors, has joined the new External Advisory Board for the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS).
An acknowledged leader in his profession, Skaggs joins seven other prominent executives, administrators and scholars as members of the External Advisory Board, which will annually review TIAS activities. The board will hold its initial meeting on October 3 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C. Find out more.
National Institute of Building Sciences to Host Hearing on Productivity in the Workforce
Accepting Testimony from Building Industry Representatives
The U.S. building industry is under increasing pressure to deliver high-performance buildings to meet the needs of owners, occupants and government. Owners and contractors are looking for opportunities to improve certainty in schedule, performance and cost while managing risks. At the same time, there is an increasing concern from multiple segments of the industry on the availability of a skilled workforce, as well as the productivity of the buildings workforce today and into the future. In recognition of the impact the productivity and availability of a strong workforce has on all aspects of the building industry, the National Institute of Building Sciences will conduct a representative hearing on productivity and the workforce on September 25, 2015, at the organization’s Headquarters at 1090 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 700, in Washington, D.C.
The hearing, which is open to anyone interested in attending, will provide an opportunity for representatives from the U.S. building industry to speak about the challenges they face and offer potential solutions. Parties interested in providing oral testimony must notify the Institute of their intent by September 1, 2015, at 5:00 pm EDT. Read the news release. View the procedures for submitting testimony.
Five Critical Issues on Healthcare Infrastructure to Be Discussed at 2016 AHI Forum
Affordable, quality healthcare is essential to sustaining a vibrant society. Yet, the American healthcare industry is facing overwhelming uncertainty in almost every segment. In 2015, the National Institute of Building Sciences Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure (AHI) began working on five critical issues currently facing the healthcare facilities industry and established a Collaborative Research Team to focus on each issue. The individual teams consisted of four co-chairs representing America’s largest healthcare systems, as well as selected subject matter experts. On Monday, January 11, 2016, at the Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure 2016 Forum, to be held during Building Innovation 2016: The Institute’s Fourth Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C., AHI will unveil the results of these six-month collaborations. Find out what the teams researched.
Only One Week Left to Nominate New NCGBCS Board Members
To those people who have wanted to serve on the National Institute of Building Sciences National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS) Board of Direction but are not government representatives, now is the time to get involved. NCGBCS, otherwise known as the Council of Governments, has changed its charter to allow expanded participation from non-governmental members, including openings on the NCGBCS Board itself. Organizations and individuals who have an interest in serving are encouraged to submit an email of intent no later than August 28, 2015. Find out more.
Expanded Charter Allows Non-Governmental Representatives to Apply
Institute to Support NOMA Annual Conference to Engage Next Generation of Architects
Student Competition to Look at Revival of a Cultural Corridor
The National Institute of Building Sciences is a strong supporter of educating the next generation of building industry professionals through its own programs, such as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program’s Mars City Facility Operations Challenge, and others, such as the USA Science & Engineering Festival. That is why the Institute is supporting the National Organization of Minority Architects’ (NOMA’s) upcoming 43rd Annual International Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 15-17, 2015.
NOMA hosts the Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition. This year, the competition, RISE: Revival of a Cultural Corridor, will focus on remediation, replacement and/or removal of existing failing infrastructure. The competition addresses three areas in the city: the Claiborne Corridor Revitalization, the Lafitte Greenway and the new Hospital Sector. View the competition challenge.
OSCC Adds New Resources to Web
The Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) has added two new resources to its council web page. Solid Timber Construction: Process, Practice, Performance looks at off-site solid timber production processes in the international solid timber industry. It was prepared by the University of Utah, Integrated Technology in Architecture Center, College of Architecture and Planning, and sponsored by The American Institute of Architects, USDA Forest Products Laboratory and FPInnovations. Off-Site Construction Education: results of a survey of prefabrication in design and construction academics identifies how off-site construction methods are currently taught in the United States. The study was sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences, Associated Schools of Construction, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the University of Nebraska and the University of Utah. View the OSCC Resources page.
Expo Puts the Spotlight on Off-Site Construction
In a recent survey conducted by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC), 93 percent of respondents indicated that they had implemented some form of off-site construction process in the past twelve months. However, up to this point, there has not been a focus on this expanding sector of the building industry. The Offsite Construction Expo, to be held September 23-24, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C., puts the spotlight on off-site construction. This two-day event, hosted by NIBS, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), features keynote speakers NIBS President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, and AGC Chief Economist Kenneth D. Simonson; exhibits; educational case studies to be presented each hour on the expo floor; and a meeting of the OSCC. The event is only a month away. Don’t wait. Register today.
August MMC Webinar to Spotlight Florida’s Flood Resiliency and Incentives Program
Florida recently created a Community Rating System (CRS) - Community Assistance Visit (CAV) pilot program to support the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) will spotlight Florida’s implementation in the next MMC webinar, “NFIP and CRS: The Way Forward in Florida,” to be held Tuesday, August 25, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT. The aim of Florida’s CRS-CAV program, which has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is to increase flood resiliency and incentives in the state’s smaller communities, including those that have been excluded from the CRS program in the past because of building compliance issues.
Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, will present this one-hour webinar as an open-forum discussion. Sign up now to attend the free “NFIP and CRS: The Way Forward in Florida” webinar on August 25. Register today!
New Institute Workshop Series Focuses on Improving Cybersecurity of DoD Facilities
Goes Beyond Building Control Systems
The nation’s communities have seen an increasing shift to “smart buildings” that use internet-enabled wireless technology to control building-related systems. Such trends also are being seen in U.S. military facilities. In early 2015, following the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that called attention to building-related cyber risks, the House Armed Services Committee approved legislative language requiring the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to perform a cyber-vulnerability study.
To support DoD facilities-related personnel to better prepare against cyber threats, the National Institute of Building Sciences is initiating a new cybersecurity workshop series. The Cybersecuring DoD Control Systems Workshop taught by Michael Chipley of The PMC Group LLC, is geared to help professionals involved with implementing cybersecurity in the facility life cycle to learn the best practice techniques to better protect DoD facilities. Currently scheduled dates for the Cybersecuring DoD Control Systems Workshop include Friday, September 11; Friday, October 9; and Monday, November 9. Find out more.
Sign up Now for September Cybersecurity Workshops
Learn the Techniques to Better Protect Building Control Systems
The National Institute of Building Sciences is sponsoring introductory and advanced Cybersecurity Workshops Wednesday, September 23, and Thursday, September 24, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Institute's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The workshops are designed to help facility professionals learn how to make their buildings more secure and reduce the risks. The Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop and the Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop, both taught by Michael Chipley of The PMC Group LLC, are geared to help architects, engineers, contractors, owners, facility managers, maintenance engineers, physical security specialists, information assurance professionals—essentially anyone involved with implementing cybersecurity in the facility life cycle—to learn the best practice techniques to better protect their facilities. Can't make the September dates? Other dates are available. Learn more.
Join the Discussion on Ways to Improve Building Science Education in North America
NIBS, ASTM to Hold Second Workshop on Training, Curriculum Development
The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and ASTM International (ASTM) will explore the state of building science education in North America and collaborate to examine ways to improve educational training and curriculum development at the second Workshop on Building Science Education in North America: Building Bridges and Bridging the Gap. Join university decision-makers and other experts in education from universities in Canada and the United States as they present a critical view of college-level building science and work with building industry professionals on how to create new opportunities for professional development and career advancement in architecture and engineering. This one-day workshop, to be held Monday, January 11, 2016, 8:00 am – 5:15 pm, is part of Building Innovation 2016: The Institute’s Fourth Annual Conference and Expo, in Washington, D.C.
Speakers for the second Workshop on Building Science Education in North America will build on challenges identified during the first workshop, held in Toronto in 2014. Together with the workshop participants, they will explore in detail how climate change; demand for energy-efficient, high-performance buildings; and increasingly savvy clients and building owners have aligned to create an array of opportunities for those building industry professionals with the education and technical training necessary to integrate the art and science of what we design and how we build. View the schedule.
FMOC to Hold In-Person Meeting September 1
The National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance & Operations Committee (FMOC) will hold a face-to-face meeting Tuesday, September 1, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT, at the Institute’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. FMOC recently formed several new subcommittees and a number of other topics are being suggested for additional subcommittees within FMOC. Seating is limited, so please respond quickly to attend in person. Meeting access also will be available via WebEx. To participate in the meeting, learn about the topics or to form or join a new subcommittee, contact the FMOC Program Director. View the meeting agenda.
Still Time to Nominate Projects for a 2015 Beyond Green™ Award
Submissions Are Due Friday, September 4
There are only a few weeks left to nominate excellence in high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. The 2015 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards, hosted annually by the National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC), are a great way to recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. Don’t miss the opportunity to spotlight a cutting-edge project. The deadline to apply for the 2015 Beyond Green™ Awards is Friday, September 4, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Don’t wait until the last minute. Submit an entry today!
SmartMarket Report Measures Impact of BIM in Complex Buildings
The latest SmartMarket Report to look at building information modeling (BIM) is an evolution from previous reports. Released by Dodge Data & Analytics, with the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance, among its sponsors, the 2015 SmartMarket Report, “Measuring the Impact of BIM on Complex Buildings,” focuses on measuring the improved outcomes from completed BIM projects across a large user group. The study looks at how BIM is used in those buildings such as hospitals, laboratories and manufacturing that have more risk and greater challenges. Read the SmartMarket Report.