Having trouble viewing this email.  Click here to view this newsletter in your browser.

Building Sciences

In This Issue

Dates to Know

August 1, 2017
Total Cost of Ownership Webinar

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

August 6-9, 2017
ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition

Indianapolis, IN

August 7-9, 2017
Building Simulation

San Francisco, CA

August 7-10, 2017
66th Annual SES Conference
Chicago, IL

August 15-17, 2017
Energy Exchange 2017

Tampa, FL

August 25, 2017
BSSC Webinar

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

September 25, 2017
Facades+ AM
Philadelphia, PA

September 27-29, 2017
ASHRAE 2017 Building Performance Analysis 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 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

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


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

June 5-7, 2018
AEC-ST science + technology
Anaheim, CA

June 21-23, 2018
A’18 Conference on Architecture

New York City, NY

June 25-29, 2018
11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Los Angeles, CA

JNIBS December 2016

Don't miss another issue of JNIBS. Subscribe today!






July 2017

The Institute in Action

English Becomes IES President

Cheryl R. EnglishCheryl R. English, FIES, LC, member of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors and vice president of government and industry relations at Acuity Brands, is the new president of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES).

A member of the IES for 35 years, English helped develop the Joint International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)-IES Model Lighting Ordinance, the IES classification system for Outdoor Luminaires (TM-15) and the first series of IES education programs. She has served on a variety of IES committees, and been awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the Fellow Award and an IES Presidential Award. Read the IES announcement.

Building Innovation 2018: Show Up and Show Off

Building Innovation 2018 Conference and Expo

Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo brings together the experts that innovate, the authorities that implement and the leaders that influence so they can all work in cooperation with members of each industry discipline to share ideas, gain knowledge and participate in the process of developing solutions. All stakeholders involved in the building process will come away from this annual event with valuable connections, as well as inspiration, information and resources to benefit their specific roles in the industry. Companies and organizations that provide innovative solutions for the built environment can easily reach the broadest audience at Building Innovation 2018 – the industry’s only all-inclusive event. Building Innovation 2018 allows companies and organizations many affordable opportunities to show support for the building community and show off specific solutions. If you want to participate in the process and/or present your solutions, plan to take part in this annual event where Science meets Design®, January 8-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Reserve your sponsorship, exhibit space or advertisement today. Registration opens September 1, 2017.

Only Two Weeks Left to Submit a World Standards Day Paper

The deadline to submit a paper for the 2017 World Standards Day Paper Competition is midnight, Friday, August 11. The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee and the SES – Society for Standards Professionals invite paper submissions every year to bring attention to the importance of standards. This year’s theme is “Smart Health: Using Intelligent Systems to Improve the Quality and Delivery of Health Care in a More Integrated, Focused Approach.” Cash prizes are awarded for the three best papers submitted, with a top prize of $2,500. Winners will receive their awards during the U.S. World Standards Day Dinner and Reception, to be held Thursday, October 19, in Washington, D.C. The National Institute of Building Sciences is a member of the Planning Committee for the event. View the competition rules.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Horner Retiring from IES

Bob HornerBob Horner, chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council and Director of Public Policy at the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), will be retiring this year.

Horner has more than 35 years of industry experience, including 21 years at Osram Sylvania in management positions for Commercial Engineering, Fluorescent Product Marketing, and Visualization & Imaging business segments. He has been a long-standing member of the IES and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and served the National Lighting Bureau for 10 years as an officer and a member of the Board of Governors. He co-authored two major IES educational programs; chaired or been a member of several IES committees; and is the recipient of two IES Presidential Awards.

The Institute staff and members of the Consultative Council wish him the best in his retirement. Read the IES release.

Security & Disaster Preparedness

August 25 BSSC Webinar Will Look at Seismic Design of Masonry

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the sixth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to highlight the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, and its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials. The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Masonry with the 2015 NEHRP Provisions,” will be held Friday, August 25, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The principal author of the masonry chapter of FEMA P-1051, Presenter David Sommer, PE, SE, will discuss seismic design of masonry using the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions and the referenced 2013 edition of The Masonry Society (TMS) standard TMS 402/602: Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures. He will present masonry behavior, material properties and navigation of the design standards, as well as design of walls for in-plane and out-of-plane seismic forces using the strength design provisions of TMS 402. Sommer will conclude the webinar with an excerpt from FEMA P-1051 to illustrate some of the highlighted concepts. Learn more about the webinar. Register today.

Panel Looks at How Mitigation Continues to Save

Panel Presentation of Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves

above (From left to right) Keith Porter, University of Colorado; Jennifer Goldsmith-Grinspoon, Federal Emergency Management Agency; Niki Dash, University of North Texas; and Philip Schneider, National Institute of Building Sciences, participate in a panel presentation on Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves, Version 2, during the Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, held July 9-12, in Broomfield, Colorado. The Institute is in the process of updating the original 2005 study, which found every public dollar spent on mitigation saves $4 to society, but with a much broader scope than the original effort. Learn more.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

BEST5 Abstracts Due August 1
Deadline Approaching to Submit Proposals for the 2018 Conference

BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology

Abstracts for papers and presentations are due August 1, 2017, for the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 15 – 18, 2018, at the historic Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia, the BEST Conferences support researchers and practitioners alike in the exchange of knowledge and lessons learned about the science and art of the building enclosure. From the submissions received, the BEST5 Technical Committee will select approximately 60 abstracts related to building science research, design or practice for conference papers and presentations, panel presentations and poster presentations. Read the announcement. Submit an abstract.

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!

FMOC Adopts New Vision Statement

above FMOC Liaison to the Institute Board (and meeting facilitator) Thomas L. Mitchell, Jr., CFM, IFMA Fellow (left), and Institute Staff Director Richard Paradis, PE, prepare to help FMOC tackle creating a new vision statement. (Photo by Darrell Rounds.)

The strategic planning group of the Institute’s Facilities Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) convened on July 12 at the Institute’s Washington, D.C., offices to create a new vision statement for the committee, which was founded in 1995. The FMOC’s new vision statement is: To be an authoritative resource for integrated life-cycle maintenance and operations information.

“This statement enables us to tie directly to the Institute’s strategic objectives and gives our group direction for the new initiatives we plan to tackle in the coming months,” said FMOC Chair Darrell Rounds, FMA C.E.M., Technical Group Manager, Global Facilities, for the General Motors Company. “We will be looking to spark the interest of our existing committee members and attract new members from all parts of the building industry spectrum to explore new knowledge in this increasingly important arena.” 

FMOC provides industry-wide, public and private support for the creation of higher quality facilities through improved maintenance and operation and real property management.  Topping its agenda, the committee plans to survey its members about O&M topics of particular importance, and produce a white paper, articles and a webinar series in the near future. Find out more about FMOC.

Information Resources & Technologies

Speaking to Building Owners about BIM and the New NBGO

above National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA (standing) and Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Secretary/Treasurer Dan Chancey, RPA, talk about how building owners can implement building information modeling (BIM) during a session to unveil the National BIM Guide for Owners (NBGO) at the 2017 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. Chancey, who is Vice President, Senior Asset Manager, Commercial Advisors Asset Services, served as the chair of the committee that developed the NBGO. Download the NBGO.

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.

An Authoritative Source of Innovative Solutions for the Built Environment
© 2017 National Institute of Building Sciences. All Rights Reserved. 
1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-4950 | nibs@nibs.org | www.nibs.org | 202-289-7800
Forward to a Friend

You're receiving this monthly e-newsletter as a subscriber, member or contact of the National Institute of Building Sciences or a council, board, committee or customer of the Institute. If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, please click here to unsubscribe.