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Dates to Know

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

September 27-29, 2015
Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit
Charleston, SC

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

September 30-October 1, 2015
WDMA Executive Management Conference
Cambridge, MA

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 5
ICC Group A Public Comment Hearings
Long Beach, CA

October 1, 2015
NADRA 2015 Main Event
Chicago, IL

October 4-6, 2015
Design Connections Education
West Palm Beach, FL

October 5-7, 2015
Critical Facilities Summit
Charlotte, NC

October 6-8, 2015
EEBA 2015 Conference & Expo

Denver, CO

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

October 7-9, 2015
WaterSmart Innovations
Las Vegas, NV

October 8-18, 2015
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Irvine, CA

October 9, 2015
Cybersecuring DoD Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

October 11-13, 2015
CMAA National Conference & Trade Show
Orlando, FL

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

October 13, 2015
Multifamily Forum New England
Boston, MA

October 15-17, 2015
43rd Annual NOMA International Confernce & Exposition
New Orleans, LA

October 20-21, 2015
2015 Fall BIMForum Orlando
Orlando, FL

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

October 22-26, 2015
CEFPI LearningScapes Conference 2015
San Diego, CA

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

October 27-28, 2015
NFMT Orlando
Orlando, FL

October 27-28, 2015
Insulation Expo USA
Rosemont, IL

October 28-29, 2015
NeoCon East
Philadelphia, PA

October 28-30, 2015
2015 ProDealer Industry Summit
Colorado Springs, CO

October 28-30, 2015
New Orleans, LA

October 29-30, 2015
Green California Schools & Community College Summit and Exposition
Pasadena, CA

November 2-4, 2015
2015 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Denver, CO

November 3-4, 2015
10th Conference on Advanced Building Skins
Bern, Switzerland

November 3-5, 2015
Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2015
London, United Kingdom

November 3-6, 2015
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show
Scottsdale, AZ

November 3-6, 2015
ASSE International Annual Meeting
Phoenix, AZ

November 4, 2015
Defense Daily Open Architecture Summit 2015
Washington, DC

November 4-6, 2015
Architecture Exchange East
Chicago, IL

November 6-9, 2015
ASLA 2015 Meeting & Expo
Chicago, IL

November 9, 2015
Cybersecuring DoD Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

November 9-10, 2015
Facilities Management Summit
Chicago, IL

November 12, 2015
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

November 13, 2015
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

November 14-17, 2015
Healthcare Design Expo & Conference
Washington, DC

November 17, 2015
Brooklyn Real Estate Summit
Brooklyn NY

November 17-19, 2015
Architecture Boston Expo
Boston, MA

December 16, 2015
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

December 17, 2015
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

January 11-15, 2016
Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference & Expo
Washington, DC

What's On WBDG

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® has updated the Facilities Operations & Maintenance section, including the Real Property Inventory (RPI) and Asset Management (RPAM), Computer-Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) pages, as well as the Comprehensive Facility Operation & Maintenance Manual.


September 2015

The Institute in Action

Building Innovation 2016: Registration is Open!

Building Innovation 2016

Your opportunity to attend the one event where the entire industry will come together to collaborate on improving the building environment is just four short months away. Register today to join us in Washington, D.C., for Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference & Expo, January 11-15, 2016, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Be there where Science meets Design® to participate with all those involved in planning, designing, procuring, constructing, operating, maintaining and retiring physical facilities as we work to develop coordinated strategies for Achieving a Resilient Future.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of quality credit-building educational sessions; gain insights from expert keynote speakers; get inspired during two award presentations; explore the latest advances in industry technology in the interactive Exhibit Hall; take part in productive board, council and committee meetings; and, interact with your industry colleagues during multiple networking events. Register early to save up to $200 off on-site registration. Early-bird rates end October 31, 2015. Register now!

View the full preliminary program. Sign up to receive news and updates. Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor.

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Promotes Davis

Cindy Davis National Institute of Building Sciences Board Member Cindy Davis, CBO, has received a promotion from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Formerly the state building code administrator, Davis is now the deputy director for building and fire regulation.

“Cindy is very knowledgeable and will continue Virginia’s tradition of quality leadership in the development and administration of building and fire codes and is a national leader in the field,” said Bill Shelton, DHCD director. A certified building official, Davis previously served on boards of the International Code Council and the International Accreditation Service, and is currently serving a three-year term on the Institute’s Board, representing state agency officials in the public interest category.

Hawkins and Moses, Two Former Institute Board Chairmen Gone

Hawkins and Moses This summer, the National Institute of Building Sciences and the building community said farewell to two influential members: Jasper Stillwell Hawkins, Jr., FAIA, and Thomas Mills Moses. Jasper Hawkins passed away on September 4 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of 82. He was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve on the Institute’s founding Board of Directors, where he instilled his passion for life safety codes and standards. Hawkins served as the Institute’s Board chairman from 1981 to 1983. On July 21, Thomas Moses died at the age of 81 in Florida. He brought his expertise and advocacy for building codes, administration and city planning to the Institute’s Board of Directors. Moses served as chairman of the Institute’s Board from 1984 to 1986. Read more about Hawkins and Moses.

Call for Journal Articles
Submit an Abstract for the April 2016 JNIBS Issue

Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences The editors of the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) are beginning the process of compiling articles for the April 2016 edition. The April issue will offer a special focus on Industry Leadership and Advocacy, including articles that cover low-vision design, off-site construction, healthcare infrastructure and more. Additional feature stories will spotlight the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines, resilience incentives, integrated facilities management and commissioning. Abstracts are due October 15, 2015. Submit an abstract for the issue. Interested in advertising? View the 2016 JNIBS Media Kit.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Share Your Input on Software Use for Off-Site Construction Projects
OSCC Extends Software Assessment Survey Deadline

Help Advance the IndustryThe National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) is still looking for input from architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals and manufacturers regarding their software use for off-site construction projects. Earlier this summer, the Council issued a survey to assess the role of software in delivering off-site constructed projects. To ensure a representative sample of industry professionals responds, the OSCC has extended the deadline to Friday, October 9 at 5:00 pm.

The software survey, consisting of seven questions (multiple choice and fill-in-the blank), should take less than ten minutes to complete. OSCC will compile responses into a report, which will be distributed to the industry at a later date and be used to inform development of an Off-Site Construction Implementation Guide. Take a few minutes now to share your input.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Protecting Infrastructure from Disaster to Be Focus
of September MMC Webinar

In recent years, a number of disasters around the world have caused damage to critical functions in affected communities. Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina; tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma; and earthquakes in Christchurch (New Zealand), Bío-Bío (Chile) and Nepal all resulted in severe damage to local hospitals, putting great strain on the healthcare systems of the impacted regions. In its next webinar, “Disasters and Infrastructure,” to be held tomorrow, September 29 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) will spotlight the importance of protecting such critical infrastructure.

The continued functionality of critical infrastructure, including healthcare facilities, is a necessity following any major disaster event. During this one-hour webinar, Judith Mitrani-Reiser, PhD, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Emergency Medicine, and Director of the Sensor Technology and Infrastructure Risk Mitigation (STIRM) Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, will demonstrate a risk analysis framework for quantifying and predicting the loss, recovery and resilience of critical facilities. To attend the free “Disasters and Infrastructure” webinar, sign up today.

Sign up Now for October Cybersecurity Workshops
Learn the Techniques to Better Protect Building Control Systems

The National Institute of Building Sciences is sponsoring introductory and advanced Cybersecurity Workshops Thursday, October 22, and Friday, October 23, 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 October dates? Other dates are available. Learn more.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Deadline Extended for Beyond Green™ Awards
SBIC Will Accept Award Nominations until October 31

Beyond Green Awards Call for EntriesIt is not too late to submit an entry to highlight those buildings, initiatives and innovations that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. The National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has extended its Call for Entries for the 2015 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards until October 31, 2015.

Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize a deserving high-performance project, particularly one that addresses resilience. Time is passing quickly so don’t wait. Submit an entry today!


SBIC Appoints Jury for 2015 Beyond Green™ Awards

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has announced the appointment of Jim Whittaker, Keith Diaz Moore and Mary Ann Lazarus to serve as the jury for the 2015 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards.

“The 2015 jury of experts brings the high level of knowledge and understanding of the building process that we have come to expect when selecting the teams responsible for examining submissions for the Beyond Green™ Awards,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “I am sure their varied perspectives as leaders in achieving innovative, high-performing facilities and communities will serve them well as they begin the process of reviewing and selecting this year’s award winners.”

SBIC will recognize the 2015 award winners on Thursday, January 14, 2016, during the Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, part of Building Innovation 2016—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, January 11-15, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Read the release. Register for the Luncheon.

Information Resources and Technologies

Last Chance to Answer NCS Education Survey

The buildingSMART alliance® United States National CAD Standard® (NCS) Steering Committee is considering developing a webinar series on NCS V6. As part of this effort the Committee is conducting a survey to understand your NCS education needs. The results will help the Committee plan the future direction of the NCS and the support it is providing to customers and members.

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. An open comment section is included in the survey so that you can provide any additional suggestions/thoughts you’d like to share with the Committee. The survey closes this Wednesday, September 30. Take the survey now.

Papers, Case Studies Wanted for BIM Academic Symposium
& Job Task Analysis Review

The Academic Interoperability Coalition, the group responsible for coordinating the annual academic event focused on building information modeling (BIM) in education, is calling for papers and case studies to be submitted for the 2016 BIM Academic Symposium and the associated BIM Job Task Analysis Review, scheduled for April 4-5, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

The objective of the BIM Academic Symposium is to gather representatives of different academic programs and industry to discuss learning approaches to be incorporated at different levels of college curriculum. The effort is intended to generate collaboration throughout the architecture, engineering, construction, owner, and operator (AECOO) industry. The papers will be viewed worldwide to further academic models and generate dialogue about the issues with the transformational disruption of changing the way we educate to support BIM and all the offshoot opportunities BIM is creating to improve productivity. During the Job Task Analysis Review, attendees will discuss and vet the initial work under development. Abstracts are due October 12. View the paper submission instructions for more information.

Alliance Calls for Input on ISO BIM Standard

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)  has initiated the systematic review of ISO 12911: 2012, Framework for building information modelling (BIM) guidance.  Every International Standard published by ISO is subject to systematic review in order to determine whether it should be confirmed, revised/amended, withdrawn or abstained.

The buildingSMART alliance® is asking all of its members to review the standard and submit input on this document as needed. The U.S. ISO liaison, Chris Wilkins of ASHRAE, who chairs the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC59, SC13, is collecting the comments. Please review the standard and submit any comments on the document or recommendations by October 31 so that the comments can be complied submitted to ASHRAE and the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) before the ISO review period closing date of December 1, 2015. Permission is granted by the American National Standards Institute to reproduce this International Standard for the purpose of review and comment related to the preparation of a U.S. position, provided this notice is included. All other rights are reserved. View the standard. Download the ballot. Submit your comments.


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