Building Innovation 2016 Top Two Sponsorships Claimed
The two top sponsorships for Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference & Expo have been claimed by supportive and respected industry organizations. The International Code Council (ICC) will take on the prominent role of Conference sponsor and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has claimed the role as Technical Programs sponsor. The event, to be held January 11-15, 2016, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C., will focus on Achieving a Resilient Future.
Both ICC and IAPMO are Sustaining Organization Members of the Institute and their representatives participate in leadership roles on a number of Institute Councils and Committees, as well the Institute Board of Directors. Since the Institute's founding more than four decades ago, the three organizations have collaborated together on numerous projects to improve the safety of U.S. communities. Read the release. Claim your sponsorship, table-top exhibit space or Conference program advertisement today.
2014 Annual Report Now Available Online
On August 22, 1974, President Gerald Ford signed legislation establishing the National Institute of Building Sciences as an authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment. Each year for the past four decades, as required by its enabling legislation, the Institute has submitted an Annual Report to the President of the United States. The Annual Report provides an overview of what the Institute’s dedicated members, volunteers and staff have accomplished during the past year. This report highlights the many projects and activities the organization has directed or participated in over the course of the past year. Many of these projects were led by the Institute membership, councils and committees. The 2014 Annual Report to the President of the United States is available online for your consideration and review. Download the report for detailed information on of the 2014 activities.
English Receives Alumni Award from University of Colorado Boulder
The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder has recognized Institute Board Member Cheryl English with a Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. English joins more than 300 other alumni who, over the past 50 years, have been honored for their contributions to industry, education, research and public service. English was recognized for her work in the field of illumination engineering, most recently as vice president for government and industry relations for Acuity Brands, where she helps to develop legislative standards and codes for lighting in buildings. Read the announcement.
Get Published in JNIBS
Submit an Abstract for the December 2015 Issue
The editors of the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) are beginning the process of compiling articles for the December 2015 edition. The December issue will offer a special section on building information modeling, as well as other articles on facility maintenance & operations, the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®, building enclosure design and more. Abstracts are due June 10. Submit an abstract for the issue. Interested in advertising? View the 2015 JNIBS Media Kit.
Share Building Industry Priorities for the Report to the President
Consultative Council Extends Deadline to Receive Industry Feedback
There is still time to share your building industry priorities. The Consultative Council is seeking input from all members of the building industry as it begins to compile its 2015 report to the President of the United States. All building industry stakeholders—including individuals, corporations, professional groups, trade associations and advocacy groups—are welcome to provide input. To ensure everyone has an opportunity to share comments, the Council has extended the deadline to Friday, June 5. To provide input, fill out the submission form.
Off-Site Construction Council Releases Results of Industry Survey
The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) conducted a survey in the fall of 2014 to gain an understanding of how the U.S. construction sector is using off-site construction techniques and technologies. A total of 312 participants from around the country responded. The respondents came from across the building industry, representing the diversity of stakeholders involved in the decision making and implementation of off-site construction. The report compiling the results of that industry survey is now available for download. Read the release.
BSSC Webinar to Provide Overview of the 2015 NEHRP Provisions
Get ready to learn about what changes will appear in the most recent edition of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program's (NEHRP) NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will soon be releasing the 2015 NEHRP Provisions for use. In preparation, the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) is holding a free webinar, “2015 NEHRP Provisions Overview,” on Wednesday, June 17, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, to help building professionals get ready. Only the first 125 participants will be admitted, so don't wait. Register today.
Sign up Now for Cybersecurity Workshops June 17 & 18
Learn the Techniques to Better Protect Building Control Systems
The National Institute of Building Sciences is sponsoring introductory and advanced Cybersecurity Workshops Wednesday, June 17, and Thursday, June 18, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 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. Learn more.
BSSC Colloquium Presentations Now Available
Earlier this year, the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) hosted the BSSC Colloquium to describe key outcomes, major updates and future research needs from the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 Provisions update process. The presentations from the event, titled “Seismic Design Technology for New Buildings — the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures (FEMA P-1050),” are now available for download. View the presentations.
Listen to Webinar Presentation on History of Solar Energy
No worries if you missed the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) webinar, “Solar Energy from 6,000 Years Ago until Today,” held April 29. The presentation by Professor John Perlin, author of the book, Let it Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy, is now available online. Perlin discussed the history of solar technologies, including passive design, water heating and photovoltaics, and how such processes have impacted the design and construction of buildings throughout the centuries. Listen to the presentation.
Institute BOD Approves Alliance Officers
The National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors has officially approved the lineup of new officers for the buildingSMART alliance® Board of Direction. Institute Chairman James “Tim” Ryan, CBO, had approved the initial appointments of Alliance Chair and Vice Chair back in February. The Institute Board formally approved those appointments, as well as the Alliance’s Secretary and Advisor, during its in-person meeting May 21.
The new Alliance Executive Team now consists of Chair Johnny Fortune, Building Information Modeling (BIM)/Information Technology (IT) Director for Bullock Tice Associates in Pensacola, Florida; Vice Chair John J. Messner, PhD, Director of the Computer Integrated Construction Program at Penn State University; Secretary Van Woods, BIM Innovation & Integration Program Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Advisor Sasha Reed, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Bluebeam Software. Andrew (Andy) T. Smith, Solutions Executive at Bentley Systems, Inc., remains on the Alliance Board as Immediate Past Chair. See the full list.
FHWA Continues Work on Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM)
The Institute developed this sample BrIM to test various modeling approaches.
Over the past few years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Bridges and Structures has worked to determine the needs of the U.S. bridge industry when it comes to applying building information modeling (BIM) methodologies to bridges. FHWA conducted its initial work on bridge information modeling (BrIM) in cooperation with The State University of New York at Buffalo. FHWA recently contracted with CH2M Hill to summarize progress and further its development towards the goal of producing standardized bridge objects, digital definitions and protocols. FHWA also contracted with the National Institute of Building Sciences to review and evaluate the BrIM work, as well as other existing and potential approaches to modeling bridges.
FHWA hosted a webinar on April 27 highlighting the work to date. A workshop, scheduled for June 11 at the International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will present additional project findings, as well as provide an opportunity to engage bridge owners and designers in a discussion on the best approach for BrIM. Learn more about FHWA BrIM activities.
buildingSMART alliance® Launches New Strategic Plan
During All-Members Meeting
Earlier this week, the buildingSMART alliance® unveiled its new Strategic Plan outlining the overall direction of the Alliance going forward.
Refocusing efforts to provide the most value for its members, the Alliance has begun developing new subcommittees. “The goal is to allow our members to identify the area most interesting to them, where their contributions can have the most impact,” explains Alliance Chair Johnny Fortune. With this goal in mind, the Alliance’s Board of Direction designed a Strategic Plan better aimed at aligning each group’s efforts. Fortune feels that focusing efforts on creating greater transparency between these subcommittees will allow them to have a greater impact, developing solutions and products to benefit the industry overall.
The Alliance held an all-member call on May 26 to discuss the Strategic Plan. Read the buildingSMART alliance® Strategic Plan.