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Dates to Know

May 1-31, 2015
Building Safety Month

June 2-3, 2015
NFMT High-Performance Buildings Conference
Fort Worth, TX

June 3-4, 2015
West Coast Energy Management Congress

Long Beach, CA

June 15-17, 2015
Chicago, IL

June 16-18, 2015
WDMA Technical & Manufacturing Conference
Minneapolis, MN

June 17, 2015
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC
(More dates available)

June 18, 2015
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC
(More dates available)

June 18, 2015
USGBC-NCR Voices on Resilience Speaker Event
Washington, DC

June 22-24, 2015
ASC Leadership Conference
Big Sky, MT

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

June 27-July 1, 2015
ASHRAE 2015 Annual Conference
Atlanta, GA

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

Los Angeles, CA

July 14-15, 2015
AEC-ST Virtual

July 17, 2015
2015 Institute Board Member Nominations Due
Due 5:00 pm ET

July 17, 2015
2015 Institute Honor Award Nominations Due
Due 5:00 pm ET

July 17, 2015
2015 Institute Member Award Nominations Due
Due 5:00 pm ET

July 23, 2015
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

July 24, 2015
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

August 19, 2015
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

August 20, 2015
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

September 15, 2015
Consultative Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 16, 2015
Coordinating Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 17, 2015
Institute Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, DC

September 19-26, 2015
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists 2015 Annual Meeting

Pittsburgh, PA

September 23-24, 2015
Offsite Construction Expo
Washington, DC

September 23, 2015
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

September 24, 2015
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

September 27-29, 2015
2015 ICC Annual Conference
Long Beach, CA

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

September 30-October 2, 2015
ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference

Atlanta, GA

September 30-October 2, 2015
World Energy Engineering Congress

Orlando, FL

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

September 30-October 7
ICC Group A Public Comment Hearings
Long Beach, CA

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

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

October 22, 2015
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

October 23, 2015
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

What's On WBDG

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® has posted the 2015 edition of the P-100: The Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service. This document, developed by the National Institute of Building Sciences for the General Services Administration (GSA), establishes design standards for new buildings, major and minor alterations, and work in historic structures for the Public Buildings Service (PBS) of GSA. P-100 contains both performance based standards and prescriptive requirements to be used in the programming, design and documentation of GSA buildings.

There’s Still Time!

Board Nominations

Member Award Nominations

Honor Award Nominations

Due July 17



May 2015

The Institute in Action

Building Innovation 2016 Top Two Sponsorships Claimed

Building Innovation 2016

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

2014 Annual Report 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

Cheryl Englist 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.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

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

OSCC Industry Survey Report 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.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

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.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

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.

Information Resources and Technologies

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)

Bridge Model

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

BSA Strategic PlanEarlier 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.

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