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Dates to Know

May 2017
Building Safety Month

May 2017
Deck Safety Month

May 30, 2017
DOE Building America Webinar

3:00-4:00 ET

May 31, 2017
SEPS 2BIM Webinar

2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

June 2017
National Healthy Homes Month

June 2, 2017
BSSC Webinar

2:00 - 3:00 ET

June 4-7, 2017
NFPA Conference & Expo
Boston, MA

June 5-9, 2017
High Performance Building Week

June 6-8, 2017
WDMA Technical & Manufacturing Conference
Minneapolis, MN

June 7-8, 2017
35th West Coast Energy Management Conference
Long Beach, CA

June 7-8, 2017
DOE Connected Lighting Systems Workshop
Santa Clara, CA

June 8-11, 2017
2017 International Valuation Conference

Ottawa, ON, Canada

June 11-13, 2017
Western Roofing Expo 2017
Las Vegas, NV

June 12-14, 2017
NeoCon 2017
Chicago, IL

June 15, 2017
High Performance Building Coalition Roundtable Meeting
Washington, DC

June 18-21, 2017
2017 AAMA Summer Conference
Newport, RI

June 24-27, 2017
BOMA International Conference & Expo
Nashville, TN

June 24-28, 2017
ASHRAE Annual Conference
Long Beach, CA

June 25-29, 2017
11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Los Angeles, CA

June 27-29, 2017
Green Sports Alliance Summit
Sacramento, CA

July 7, 2017
BSSC Webinar

July 10-13, 2017
NEHA Annual Educational Conference
Grand Rapids, MI

July 17-18, 2017
WDMA-Northeast Summer Conference

Albany, NY

July 18-20, 2017
2017 National Energy Codes Conference

Pittsburgh, PA

July 18, 2017
Introduction to Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Arlington, VA

July 19, 2017
Advanced Cybersecuring Building Control Systems Workshop
Arlington, VA

August 7-9, 2017
Building Simulation

San Francisco, CA

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

August 25, 2017
BSSC Webinar

September 10-13, 2017
ICC 2017 Annual Conference

Columbus, OH

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 29, 2017
Offsite Construction Expo
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

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

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

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

October 26, 2017
Offsite Construction Expo
Philadelphia, PA

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

November 14-15, 2017
NFMT Orlando
Orlando, FL


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

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

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

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

April 21-24, 2018
2018 National Planning Conference

New Orleans, LA

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

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Industry News

OSCRE Launches Center for Innovation and Leadership
The newly launched OSCRE Center for Innovation and Leadership will focus on innovative perspectives, methodologies and technologies that drive real change for commercial real estate.  It will also explore the evolving and expanding role of information exchange standards and their importance in building an effective approach to data governance. Check it out.

Deadline for 11NCEE Call for Papers is June 25
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, in collaboration with the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), will convene the Eleventh National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE), in Los Angeles, California, June 25-29 2018, with the theme of “Integrating Science, Engineering and Policy.” The deadline for papers is June 25. Download the Call for Papers.


May 2017

The Institute in Action

Institute Calls for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2018

The National Institute of Building Sciences is gearing up to deliver the sixth iteration of the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo will take place January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The goal for the Conference is to explore strategies to Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. With preparations underway, the Institute’s Conference Planning Team is reaching out to Institute council and committee members and inviting industry professionals to present during the four-day Conference. Industry leaders with valuable insights, case studies, best practices, lessons learned and/or remaining challenges are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the broad audience of building industry stakeholders. Abstracts are due Friday, June 16. Find out more.

Sealy Says His Goodbyes to the Institute

Jim Sealy Says Goodbye during BOD meeting

above Jim. W. Sealy, FAIA (top right), past chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors and current chair of the Institute’s Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), says farewell to the Institute Board May 18. Sealy, who was in town to give his last BSSC presentation at the Coordinating Council’s May 17 meeting, is officially retiring after practicing architecture for 55 years. The “big-time Dallas architect” has actively participated in Institute programs since the mid-90’s. James R. Cagley, PE, SE, the current vice chair of the BSSC, will take over as chair.

Sealy participated on the Institute Board of Directors from 2007 to 2012, serving as vice chair from 2009 to 2010 and chair from January 2010 until December 2011. As immediate past chair, he continued on the Board and also served as chair of the Building Seismic Safety Council Board of Direction (a position he had held prior to his election to the Institute Board). In 2005, Sealy received the Institute’s Member Award “for voluntary service to improve the building process through contributions to safety, accessibility, egress and all around common sense,” and, in 2013, he accepted the Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, the Institute’s highest honor, “for his lifetime of dedication to the mission and goals of the Institute.”

“Jim will be remembered for his steady hand and sage guidance of the BSSC and the Institute,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “I count Jim as a personal mentor who has given of himself to see others improve in professional and personal growth. Congratulations, Jim.”

Sealy has participated on dozens of committees throughout his career. Known for his epic knowledge of building codes and regulations, Sealy mentored a vast number of code officials and industry practitioners. He has an immense history in codes, having worked with all of the legacy model code organizations. His words of wisdom and entertaining stories will be greatly missed on the BSSC, the Coordinating Council and across the Institute. The Board, staff and volunteers all wish him the best in his retirement. Read more about Sealy’s career.

Institute Becomes ICC Preferred Provider

ICC Preferred Education Provider LogoThe National Institute of Building Sciences has earned recognition as a Preferred Education Provider by the International Code Council (ICC). By becoming an ICC Preferred Education Provider, the Institute can now offer the nation’s building safety professionals, among them more than 40,000 ICC-certified individuals, an opportunity to attend approved Institute courses and earn credit for their continuing education.

From seismic safety and multihazard mitigation to sustainable buildings and off-site construction, the Institute works on a wide array of topics to improve the safety and performance of buildings. Code officials are active in many National Institute of Building Sciences activities, serve on the Institute’s Board of Directors and participate on various councils, committees and projects. As an ICC Preferred Provider, the Institute will now be able to provide building safety professionals with credit for participating in approved education programs relating to such topics. Learn more about the ICC Preferred Provider Program.

Spring/Summer Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS)Submit a JNIBS Abstract for the Winter Issue
BIM Articles Wanted

The editors of the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) are beginning the process of compiling articles for the Winter 2017 edition, which will be published in December 2017. The Winter issue will offer a special focus on building information modeling (BIM), as well as articles on building enclosure design, resilience incentivization and more. Abstracts are due on or before June 15, 2017. Submit an abstract. Interested in advertising? Download the 2017 JNIBS Media Kit.

Call for Honor, Member Award Nominees

The National Institute of Building Sciences Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Institute Honor and Member Awards. Each year, the Institute recognizes individuals or organizations that have made an exceptional contribution to the nation and the building community. Members of the building community will honor the recipients of this year’s awards during the 2018 Annual Awards Banquet, which will take place as part of Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo, to be held January 8-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, Friday, July 14. Download the nomination forms: Member Award or Honor Award.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Roundtable Looks at Use of Public-Private Partnerships

Dorothy Robyn addresses P3 meeting.

above During the April 20 Roundtable on Utilization of Public-Private Partnerships in the United States, Former Commissioner of the General Services Administration Public Building Service Dorothy Robyn (third from left) provides her perspective on current challenges to using such an approach. The National Institute of Building Sciences and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors held the roundtable to continue their joint effort to identify opportunities to utilize public-private partnerships to achieve federal building life-cycle performance.

Taking an Early-Morning Stand for Low Vision

Low Vision AIA PresentationRepresentatives from the Institute's Low Vision Design Committee (left to right): Chair Edd Soenke, AIA; Staff Director Stephanie Stubbs, Assoc. AIA; Nancy Clanton, PE, and Dr. Dennis Siemsen, OD, pause for a pose after presentation of "Designing Environments for Low Vision: Tools & Techniques" seminar April 28 at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Orlando, Florida. The session received an overall rating of 4.33 out of 5 (despite a 7:00 am start time!). View the Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment.

Institute Board Signs Building Safety Month Proclamation

Each May, jurisdictions across the nation celebrate Building Safety Month to educate the public about solutions that improve the safety, sustainability and resiliency of buildings, infrastructure and communities. On May 18, during the National Institute of Building Sciences Board Meeting, in Washington, D.C., Institute Chairman Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, signed the Institute’s Building Safety Month proclamation. The Institute is a supporting sponsor of Building Safety Month and participated in several events throughout May in recognition of the month-long celebration. Read the proclamation.

Consultative Council Moves Forward on Disseminating Findings

Bob Horner addresses Consultative Council

above Chairman Bob Horner (top, third from right) addresses members of the Consultative Council during their May 16 meeting. The council members discussed their next steps for distributing the findings from the 2016 Moving Forward report, which came out in January, and presented potential topics for the 2017 edition. View the 2016 report.

Security & Disaster Preparedness

Composite Steel, Concrete Structures Focus of June BSSC Webinar

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the fourth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, June 2, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

Composite steel and concrete lateral force resisting systems are not commonly used as the primary lateral force-resisting system in regions of high seismicity. Presenter Robert G. Pekelnicky, PE, a member of BSSC’s Provisions Update Committee and chair of the BSSC Project 17 Committee’s Acceptable Risk Work Group, will discuss one particular type of composite steel and concrete lateral force resisting system—the composite partially restrained moment frame (C-PRMF). The moment frame is created by using the composite floor slab and a seat angle attaching the bottom of the steel beam to the steel column. As part of the presentation, Pekelnicky will show an example of this system. Learn more about the webinar. Register today!

Project 17 Committee Hosts Workshop on Seismic Hazard Mapping

Project 17 Workshop

above Structural engineers, building officials, government representatives and members of the earthquake community gathered together April 11 in Burlingame, California, to address seismic hazard mapping. The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Project 17 (P17) Committee sponsored the Project 17 Workshop on Seismic Hazard Mapping with financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and in coordination with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The purpose of the workshop was to solicit input on important issues related to development of the next generation of seismic design value maps. A total of 62 people attended. Following the workshop, the P17 Committee and BSSC Provisions Update Committee (PUC) held committee meetings April 12-14 to work on developing the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2020 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. Learn more about BSSC activities.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Hurry: Submit Abstracts for BEST5 Conference by June 15

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are seeking abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 16-19, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. BEST5 will be located at the historic Loew’s Hotel, aka the PSFS Building, the first International Style high-rise built in the United States.

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. Presenters have until June 15, 2017, to submit a 300-word abstract online.

During the three-day Conference, researchers and practitioners will share knowledge and lessons learned concerning the science and art of building enclosure. BEST5 will consist of concurrent technical sessions, plenary addresses, a BECx workshop and special programs highlighting Philadelphia’s building technology heritage.

The Conference also will feature an exhibit hall with opportunities for one-on-one discussions with industry vendors of state-of-the-art building industry products and services. View the topics to be considered.

ORNL Offers Free Blower Door Tests

Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) is looking for commercial buildings that are about to undergo retrofit where part of the retrofit (or the only retrofit) is to reduce the air leakage rate of the building. ORNL will conduct a blower door test before the retrofit and one after the retrofit at no cost. Information gathered on the building will be limited to generic information (such as size, number of stories, etc.) and the air leakage characteristics. No other information will be made public. This is a time-limited offer from ORNL. Have a building or know of a building that could be tested? Contact Ms. Diana Hun at ORNL.

Seeking Innovation in Roofing Systems

Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) has partnered with GAF to host a technology challenge on roofing systems. The challenge is part of the online crowdsourcing site, JUMP, and aims to identify innovation solutions for ensuring energy efficient and durable low-slope roofing systems employing concrete decks. The challenge is to develop new materials or installation methods that can be employed with a concrete deck so that the likelihood of having moisture-related problems is significantly reduced. The winner will receive $10,000 in cash (sponsored by GAF) and up to $20,000 of in-kind support from ORNL technical scientists. Ideas will be accepted through August 27, 2017. To learn more, attend the challenge webinar on June 29 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET. Register now.

Congratulations to 2017 Race to Zero Winner

Congratulations to the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition winners, including Grand Winner Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Thirty-nine teams presented their projects during the 2017 DOE Race to Zero Competition, April 22-23, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. View the results.

Task Force Looks at Physical Activity through Built Environment

The U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force has issued a new recommendation, based on evidence from a systematic review of 90 studies, to increase physical activity through built environment approaches that combine transportation system interventions with land use and environmental design.

It has become increasingly clear that the public health and medical sectors cannot successfully address the critical health challenges (as described in the paper) on their own. The Transportation Research Board and the National Academy of Medicine, as well as many professional associations (including those in the building industry) and the U.S. Surgeon General, supported the Task Force’s decision to review this evidence. Most importantly, the new recommendation recognizes and supports the importance of the transportation, land use and community design sectors in addressing these critical health challenges. Read the recommendations.

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