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Dates to Know

June 1-30, 2016
National Healthy Homes Month

July 7, 2016
DOE Webinar: Best Practices for Hot and Humid Climates

1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

July 11-12, 2016
2016 EIA Energy Conference
Washington, DC

July 13-15, 2016
2016 AIA National Advocacy Conference
Washington, DC

July 14, 2016
DOE Webinar: The Latest Advances in Residential Efficiency Technology

1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

July 18-20, 2016
First International Interactive Symposium on UHPC

Des Moines, IA

July 19, 2016, 
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Arlington, VA

July 20, 2016
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Arlington, VA

July 21, 2016
Cybersecuring DoD Control Systems Workshop
Arltington, VA

August 8-11, 2016
65th Annual SES Conference

Denver, CO

September 12-15, 2016
SolarPower International
Las Vegas, NV

September 13-17, 2016
CEDIA 2016

Dallas, TX

September 18-24, 2016
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists 2016 Annual Meeting

Kona, HI

September 20, 2016
Consultative Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 21, 2016
Coordinating Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 21-22, 2016
Offsite Construction Expo 2016
Washington, DC

September 21-22, 2016
FCIA Firestop “DIIM” Symposium

Edmonton, AB, Canada

September 21-23, 2016
39th World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC)
Washington, DC

September 22, 2016
Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, DC

September 22-23, 2016
ASHRAE International Conference on Efficient Building Design
Beirut, Lebanon

October 10-11, 2016
Façade Tectonics 2016 World Congress

Los Angeles, CA

October 10-11, 2016
International Conference on Advanced Building Skins

Bern, Switzerland

October 17-18, 2016
Education Facilities Management Forum

Boston, MA

October 18, 2016
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop

Washington, DC

October 19, 2016
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

October 20, 2016
Cybersecuring DoD Control Systems Workshop
Washington, DC

October 25-27, 2016
ProDealer Industry Summit
Charleston, SC

October 26-28, 2016
Baltimore, MD

October 27, 2016
U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day
Washington, DC

November 3-4, 2016
Texas Society of Architects 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo

San Antonio, TX

January 9-12, 2017
Building Innovation 2017
Washington, DC

January 22-25, 2017
Inspection World 2017
Las Vegas, NV

What's On WBDG

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® has added a new case study: VA Healthcare Clinic, which covers code department involvement and digital information flows. Also new to WBDG is the Resource Page: Window Film Fundamentals.

Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences

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June 2016

The Institute in Action

Final Call to Submit Abstracts for AHI Forum
Forms Due Thursday, June 30th – No Extensions

This is the final call to submit an abstract to present at the National Institute of Building Sciences Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure (AHI) Forum, to be held Wednesday, January 11, 2017, as part of Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expoat the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. Building on the overall Conference theme, the Forum theme is Creating a High-Performing Environment for Healthcare.

The Academy’s Executive Committee, which will review the abstracts, is particularly interested in presentations that will describe results from actual project outcomes. In addition, abstracts that touch on challenges affecting both healthcare facilities and the broader building industry, such as the use of building-related information resources and technologies; incorporation of off-site construction methods; improvements in facility performance and sustainability; and solutions that address security and disaster preparedness are potential topics for consideration. Read the release.

Institute Board Nominations Due July 15

There are only two weeks left to submit a nomination for a candidate to serve on the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors. The three-year terms begin in 2017. Nominations can be submitted for one or more candidates, but a separate nomination form must be completed for each. In preparing the election ballot, the Board Nominations Committee will give equal consideration to all submissions, whether single or multiple nominations are received. Although membership in the Institute is not a requirement for nomination or election, it is encouraged. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, July 15. Download the nomination form.

Award Nominations Are Due July 15

The National Institute of Building Sciences Awards Committee is still accepting nominations for the 2016 Institute Honor and Member Awards. Now is the time to recognize those individuals or organizations that have made an exceptional contribution to the nation and the building community. There are only two weeks left before the deadline. All forms are due in by 5:00 p.m. ET, July 15. Download the nomination forms: Member Award. Honor Award.

Help Facilitate Collaboration for a High-Performing Future

Building Innovation 2017

Here’s your chance to support Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference & Expo and play a significant role in developing industry solutions for high performance. Building Innovation 2017 is set to connect the building community in Collaborating for a High-Performance Future January 9-12, 2017, in Washington, D.C. With 26 remaining sponsorships and 17 table-top exhibit spaces available, organizations have the best opportunity to showcase their contributions to a better built environment and reach a diverse audience of representatives from the entire building community all at once. Join forces with the Institute in delivering four activity-filled days of informative sessions, quality educational programs, award presentations and networking opportunities. Choose a sponsorship, an exhibit space or an advertisement in the Conference Program to show your support and gain exposure within the building industry. Grab your space today!

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Off-Site Construction Webinar Rated “Excellent”

The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) kicked off its new webinar series with an “Excellent” start. More than 50 people attended the first webinar, “Getting the Most out of Off-Site Construction (Part 1),” held June 23 and hosted by the Modular Building Institute. The online event received the highest possible rating from all respondents who took the post-webinar survey. 

During the webinar, OSCC Chair Sue Klawans introduced the spectrum of off-site construction opportunities and then OSCC Secretary Laurie Robert explored what it takes to choreograph and execute an effective permanent modular construction project, from the significance of early engagement to the end goal of early occupancy.  The webinar provided a holistic view of the permanent modular construction industry today, followed by a look at some of the strategies and best practices needed to launch a successful project for all stakeholders. Missed the webinar? Listen to the recording.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Civil Engineer Joins National Institute of Building Sciences Team

JiQiu YuanThe National Institute of Building Sciences has added a civil engineer to its employee roster. JiQiu (JQ) Yuan, Ph.D., P.E., comes on board as a project manager. He is supporting activities of both the Building Seismic Safety Council and Multihazard Mitigation Council. Formerly a research engineer for Professional Service Industries, Inc. at the Federal Highway Administration Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia, and an adjunct professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Yuan has a strong background in materials engineering, structural analysis, structural design, seismic engineering and sustainability engineering. He is currently an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, teaching classes in reinforced concrete design and prestressed concrete design. Read the release.

Institute Spearheads Resilience Chapter in New Architectural Graphic Standards

Earlier this spring, Wiley released the twelfth edition of Architectural Graphic Standards, its seminal reference for building design and construction professionals. Among the updates and features in the edition is a newly added chapter on resilience developed under the leadership of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Entitled ‘Building Resiliency,’ the coverage starts with the four “R”s of resilience: robustness, resourcefulness, rapid recovery and redundancy, and looks at ways to incorporate resilience at the individual building and overall community level. The chapter addresses both natural hazards, such as high winds, earthquakes, flooding and fire, as well as man-caused threats, including blast resistance; chemical and biological protection; radiation and nuclear threats; ballistics; forced entry; and cybersecurity. Learn more.

Learn How to Better Protect Building Control Systems
Next Quarterly Cybersecurity Workshops to be Held in July

Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshops

The National Institute of Building Sciences will sponsor introductory and advanced cybersecurity workshops in July to help owners, facility managers, maintenance engineers, physical security specialists, information assurance professionals, architects, engineers and contractors—essentially anyone involved with implementing cybersecurity in the facility life cycle—to learn the best practice techniques to better protect their facilities. One of the workshops specifically focuses on improving cybersecurity of Department of Defense (DoD) facilities, and 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.

Due to construction at the Institute's headquarters, the July workshops, all taught by Michael Chipley of The PMC Group LLC, will be held offsite in Arlington, Virginia. Read the release.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Consultative Council Hosts Briefing during
High Performance Building Week

High Performance Building Briefing

Consultative Council Chairman Pete DeMarco (right) talks about the buildings-related workforce during a luncheon briefing on the 2015 Moving Forward Report, held on Capitol Hill as part of High Performance Building Week 2016. From left, Consultative Council Director Ryan Colker, Consultative Council Vice Chair Bob Horner and Christina Mason participate on the panel to discuss the recommendations that came out of the report. Read the report.

The briefing on the report was one of five events held during the week hosted by the High Performance Building Coalition to help Congress gain awareness of the importance of high-performance buildings. Learn more about the week’s events.

Information Resources and Technologies

High Performing Education Facilities Webinar Recording Now Available

Those professionals who weren’t able to attend last week’s “Create & Maintain High Performing Education Facilities” webinar can now view the webinar online. Listen to presenters Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, President of the National Institute of Building Sciences; Jay Pearlman, Vice President of Sightlines; and Dwayne Pierre-Antoine, Operations Director, Great Lakes, at Gordian, as they share resources, case studies and insights on how best to plan, design, prioritize and manage building repairs and updates to maintain high-performing education facilities.

Hosted by the Gordian Group in partnership with Sightlines and the National Institute of Building Sciences, the webinar is now available online. View the webinar.


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