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Dates to Know

September 5-9, 2017
CEDIA 2017

San Diego, CA

September 10-11, 2017
Building Safety & Design Expo

Columbus, OH

September 10-13, 2017
ICC 2017 Annual Conference

Columbus, OH

September 11-14, 2017

Las Vegas, NV

September 12-14, 2017
GlassBuild America
Atlanta, GA

September 12-16, 2017
Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists 60th Annual Meeting

Colorado Springs, CO

September 13-15, 2017
2017 SEAOC Convention
San Diego, CA

September 13-15, 2017
Providence, RI

September 21, 2017
HPBC Luncheon

Washington, DC

September 24-26, 2017
APA Policy & Advocacy Conference
Washington, DC

September 24-28, 2017
IAPMO 88th Annual Education and Business Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 25, 2017
Facades+ AM
Philadelphia, PA

September 25, 2017
OEA Energy Conference 17
Toronto, Canada

September 27-29, 2017
ASHRAE 2017 Building Performance Analysis Conference
Atlanta, GA

September 27-29, 2017
2017 World Energy Engineering Conference
Atlanta, GA

September 29, 2017
Offsite Construction Expo
Vancouver, BC, Canada

September 29-30, 2017
12th Annual North American Passive House Conference
Seattle, WA

October 2-3, 2017
International Conference on Advanced Building Skins
Bern, Switzerland

October 7-10, 2017
2017 NECA Convention
Seattle, WA

October 8-11, 2017
ASCE 2017 Convention
New Orleans, LA

October 10-12, 2017
Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference

October 16-20, 2017
World Standards Week 2017
Washington, DC

October 17-19, 2017
2017 ProDealer Industry Summit
Phoenix, AZ

October 18-20, 2017
IFMA’s World Workplace
Houston, TX

October 18-20, 2017
Las Vegas, NV

October 19, 2017
U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day
Washington, DC

October 19-22, 2017
ASPE 2017 Tech Symposium
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

October 23-25, 2017
Critical Facilities Summit
Minneapolis, MN

October 26, 2017
Offsite Construction Expo
Philadelphia, PA

October 26-28, 2017
International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure
New York, NY

October 31, 2017
Beyond Green™ Awards Submission Deadline

November 6-8, 2017
Infrastructure Imperative
Cleveland, OH

November 7-10, 2017
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show
Palm Springs, CA

November 11-14, 2017
Healthcare Design Expo + Conference
Orlando, FL

November 13-14, 2017
RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium
Orlando, FL

November 13-16, 2017
PMI 2017 Conference
Sonoma County, CA

November 14-15, 2017
NFMT Orlando
Orlando, FL

November 15, 2017
Offsite Construction Expo
Dallas, TX

November 16, 2017
LOC/AOC/NGA Architecture, Design & Engineering (ADE) Summit
Washington, DC


January 8-11, 2018
Building Innovation 2018
Washington, DC

January 16-19, 2018
Geospatial World Forum
Hyderabad, India

January 20-24, 2018
ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo
Chicago, IL

January 28-31, 2018
BOMA Winter Business Meeting and National Issues Conference
Washington, DC

February 26-28, 2018
99th Annual AGC Convention
New Orleans, LA

March 22-27, 2018
RCI International Convention and Trade Show
Houston, TX

April 7-8, 2018
5th USA Science & Engineering Festival
Washington, DC

April 15-18, 2018
BEST Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference (BEST5)
Philadelphia, PA

April 21-24, 2018
2018 National Planning Conference

New Orleans, LA

April 23-24, 2018
World Built Environment Forum

London, England

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August 2017

The Institute in Action

Institute Policy Intern Presents Her Findings

Mary-Michael Robertson Presenting

above Intern Mary-Michael Robertson gives a presentation about the Institute to her colleagues from the University of Virgnia’s Policy Internship Program.

The National Institute of Building Sciences and several other associations and federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., area hosted policy interns this summer. Among them was Mary-Michael Robertson, who came to the Institute through the Policy Internship Program at the University of Virginia (UVA) where she is entering her junior year studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. During her time at the Institute, Robertson learned about the Institute’s programs and activities; attended meetings and receptions; and worked on developing materials to assist communities interested in establishing outcome-based energy policies.

On July 27, during an intern reception on Capitol Hill, Robertson gave a presentation to her colleagues, sponsors and supporters. She spoke about the Institute and the work she accomplished. The Institute will release the results of her work later this year. 

In addition to her interest in energy and resilience policy, Mary-Michael is an ardent supporter of initiatives to interest students—particularly girls—in science and engineering related careers. She has produced two documentaries on the topic and regularly presents to elementary school students on exciting opportunities in STEM careers. To learn more about Robertson, visit her webpage, “Girls Can Change the World with Science.”

Building Innovation 2018: Registration Opens Friday

Building Innovation 2018 Conference and Expo

In just five months, the National Institute of Building Sciences will present the sixth iteration of the Building Innovation 2018 Conference & Expo to unite the industry on improving the built environment. Registration opens this Friday, September 1, 2017. Building Innovation 2018 will take place January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. Plan to be there where Science meets Design® to collaborate with all those involved in planning, designing, procuring, constructing, operating, maintaining and retiring physical facilities as we explore solutions that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure.

Register early to save up to $250 on quality credit-building educational sessions and gain insights from expert keynote speakers; get inspired during two award presentations; explore the latest advances in industry technology on exhibit; take part in productive board, council and committee meetings; and interact with your industry colleagues during multiple networking events. Get a preview of the Conference Program.

Building Innovation 2018 offers companies involved with technology, methods or processes that improve building performance the best opportunity to present those solutions to the most diverse group of industry professionals with a sponsorship and/or exhibit space. Find out more about sponsoring and exhibiting at Building Innovation 2018.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Hearing Tomorrow on Healthcare Facility Person-Centered Care
Institute Accepting Testimony through September 15

The nation’s healthcare environment is changing and facilities need to keep pace—particularly with the growth in a senior population in need of care. The design, construction and operation of healthcare facilities must respond to these needs and provide the environment necessary for effective delivery of quality, person-centered care. In recognition of the impact that the varying requirements on design, construction and operations of these facilities have on all aspects of the building industry, the National Institute of Building Sciences, through its Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure (AHI), will conduct a representative hearing tomorrow, August 31, 2017, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, ET, in Washington, D.C., to address the impact of facility-based requirements on the delivery of person-centered care.

Sponsored by the Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, the Representative Hearing on Facility-Based Requirements on the Delivery of Person-Centered Care will provide an opportunity for representatives from the planning, design, construction, operations, ownership, finance, insurance, regulatory and other segments of the U.S. building industry; healthcare providers; and consumers to speak about the challenges they face and offer potential solutions. The record for written testimony closes September 15, 2017, at 5:00 pm ET. Learn more about the hearing. View the guidelines and procedures for submitting testimony.

Webinar Looks at Energy Performance, Building Mortgages

When it comes to the buying and selling of commercial real estate—a multi-step process that involves high stakes and numerous stakeholders—the energy performance of buildings is not usually top of mind. An upcoming webinar by the National Institute of Building Sciences Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) could bring the topic into higher focus. The webinar, Energy in Commercial Appraisals and Mortgages: Risk or Reward?, scheduled for 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET, Thursday, September 28, 2017, will highlight an effort by the U.S. Department of Energy to put energy performance on the lending table. Sign up now to attend the free webinar.

Security & Disaster Preparedness

BSSC’s PUC, Project 17 Meet in California

BSSC PUC Meeting

above Members of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Provisions Update Committee (PUC) and Project 17 Committee (P17C) take a break during meetings taking place in California August 28-30. The BSSC convened the meetings as developer of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures under the sponsorship of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The PUC is working on developing the 2020 NEHRP Provisions and P17C is addressing the next generation of seismic design value maps. Learn more about their work.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Spotlight a Cutting-Edge Project that Goes Beyond Green

Beyond Green Awards Call for EntriesAcross the United States, designers, builders, owners, government agencies, manufacturers and others are going beyond the status quo to achieve high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. Now is the time to show off advancements and gain recognition for those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. Enter those cutting-edge projects and activities for a chance to win a National Institute of Building Sciences 2017 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Award.

The Beyond Green™ Awards distinguish those projects and activities that best demonstrate the eight high-performance attributes: sustainability, accessibility, aesthetics, cost effectiveness, functionality, productivity, historical sensitivity, and safety and security (resilience). Learn more. The deadline to apply for the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards is Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Take this opportunity to recognize a deserving high-performance project. Submit an entry today!

2018 Race to Zero Guide Available, Application Website Open

The U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) inspires collegiate students to become the next generation of building science professionals through a design challenge for zero energy ready buildings. Teams interested in participating in the next Race to Zero, planned for April 2018 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, can now download the Race to Zero Competition Guide, attend informational webinars and submit their applications. The deadline to submit an application to enter is November 7, 2017, at 5:00 ET. Learn more about the Race to Zero.

Volunteers Wanted for the Solar Decathlon in Denver

The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for volunteers to assist at the 2017 Solar Decathlon, taking place October 5-9 and 12-15, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, energy-efficient, solar-powered houses. The winner most successfully blends design excellence, smart energy strategies, innovation and market potential. Free to visitors, the event features student teams providing public tours of their solar powered, energy- and water- efficient houses featuring cutting-edge technologies; a sustainability expo; professional, and consumer and middle school education events.

Solar Decathlon is much more than a collegiate competition. It’s an intensive learning opportunity for consumers and homeowners as they experience the latest technologies and materials in energy-efficient design, clean energy technologies, smart home solutions, water conservation measures, electric vehicles and sustainable buildings. And, in its 2017 location within the new development at the 61st & Peña Station commuter rail stop near Denver International Airport, Solar Decathlon encourages competitors and visitors to think about new ways of combining commercial and residential uses, and mass transit, to create attractive spaces that enable residents to live, work, and play in one place. Volunteers work alongside Solar Decathlon organizers serving as a greeter, docent, visitor liaison, education day mentors and more. Sign up to volunteer.

NIOSH, USGBC Develop Pilot Credit to Improve Worker Safety

Prevention through Design (PtD) aims to prevent occupational injuries, illnesses, fatalities and exposures by eliminating hazards and minimizing risks to workers in the design and re-design of facilities; work methods; processes; equipment and tools; and products. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of Construction Safety and Health worked with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to develop a PtD Pilot Credit for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The credit lays out criteria for addressing worker safety issues early on in a building’s life cycle.

The goal is to increase the use of building designs and construction practices that address safety and health hazards during all the stages of building: pre-design; design; construction; occupancy and maintenance; and demolition. The pilot credit addresses two building life-cycle phases important for safety and health: (1) Operations and Maintenance (O&M), and (2) Construction. NIOSH and USGBC are promoting the new credit, and have developed two webinars and a blog to help safety, health and design professionals learn more. Get more information.


The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

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