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Dates to Know

November 4-7, 2017
Total Solutions Plus
Washington, DC

November 6-8, 2017
Infrastructure Imperative
Cleveland, OH

November 6-8, 2017
15th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology (CCBST)
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

November 8-9, 2017
DOE 2017 SSL Technology Workshops
Portland, OR

November 8-10, 2017
ABX 2017 Greenbuild
Boston, MA

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
Beyond Green™ Awards Deadline Extended

November 15, 2017
Offsite Construction Expo
Dallas, TX

November 15-17, 2017
BD+C Women in Design + Construction
Scottsdale, AZ

November 15-16, 2017
NeoCon East
Philadelphia, PA

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

November 16, 2017
High Performance Building Coalition Roundtable Meeting
Washington, DC


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

January 15-19, 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 20-22, 2018
National Facilities Management and Technology Conference & Expo
Baltimore, MD

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

May 8-9, 2018
ABAA Conference & Trade Show
Salt Lake City, UT

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

Anaheim, CA

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

New York City, NY

June 23-26, 2018
BOMA 2018 International Conference & Expo

San Antonio, TX

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

Los Angeles, CA

December 4-6, 2018
AEC-ST science + technology

Washington, DC

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Industry News

Leading Fire Prevention and Code Organizations Partner to Improve Fire Safety
New Coalition Aims to Reduce Occurrence of Fires in Buildings under Construction

Earlier this month, leading fire prevention and code organizations announced the formation of a Construction Fire Safety Coalition dedicated to reducing the occurrence of fires in buildings under construction, alteration or demolition. The Coalition was created in collaboration with the American Wood Council (AWC); Davidson Code Concepts, LLC; FireForceOne; International Code Council (ICC); National Association of Home Builders; National Association of State Fire Marshals; National Fire Sprinkler Association; and a representative of the Cambridge, Mass. Fire Department, in response to recent fires in Massachusetts, California and New Jersey. Read the release. View the website.


October 2017

The Institute in Action

ICERES Meets at National Institute of Building Sciences

ICERES Meeting

Members of the Institute for Construction Economic Research (ICERES) introduce themselves during a meeting held at the National Institute of Building Sciences last week. Established three years ago, ICERES supports high-quality research on pressing long-term issues facing the construction industry, including workforce sustainability, safety, productivity and integration of technology. Learn more about ICERES.

Building Innovation 2018: Conference Program Details Revealed

Building Innovation 2018 Conference and Expo

Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo is set to deliver an impressive educational program designed to share knowledge, experiences and ideas on multiple ways to improve the built environment. Fifty-five expert speakers will make 35 presentations in 20 different sessions over three days covering a wide range of topics while exploring solutions to Sustain. Strengthen. Secure.

During the four-day event, scheduled for January 8-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C., the audience of building industry professionals can all benefit from the quality credit-building sessions that will present a variety of concepts and diverse perspectives; foster creative ideas and new approaches; and develop recommendations and workable solutions for the entire building industry.

Plan to join us where Science meets Design® at Building Innovation 2018 and participate in this exciting program. Hear from leading experts, play a role in the process and earn educational credits. Get the session details.

Extended Expo Hours: Sponsors and Exhibitors now have more time to make an impression on the Building Innovation 2018 audience. The hours for the Exhibit Hall have been extended to include the Welcome Reception on Monday evening from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Now the Exhibit Hall will be open for 15.5 hours to give those involved with technology, methods or processes more time to show off their solutions for the built environment. Find out more about sponsoring and exhibiting at Building Innovation 2018.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Deadline Extended to Submit a 2017 Beyond Green™ Award Entry
Submissions are Due Wednesday, November 15

Beyond Green AwardsHad plans to nominate a cutting-edge project for a 2017 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Award but didn’t have enough time? The National Institute of Building Sciences has extended the deadline for entries. Don’t miss the chance to recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes.

Once the Beyond Green™ Awards jury reviews all of the entries and makes its final selections, the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building & Community Award winners will be invited to present their projects and receive their awards at a special Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, to be held during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, the week of January 8-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. At the awards presentation, winners will have the opportunity to share their project results directly with leaders from across the building industry, and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced on their high-performance projects.

The extended deadline to apply for the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards is Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET. But don’t wait. This is your last chance to recognize a deserving high-performance project for a 2017 award. Submit an entry today!

Facility Performance and Sustainability

2018 DOE Race to Zero Deadline Closes November 7

The 2018 Team Application deadline for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition is November 7, 2017, at 5:00 pm ET. The Race to Zero competition challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles to create cost-effective, market-ready designs that meet DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements and the forthcoming publication, Advanced Energy Design Guide For K–12 School Buildings–Achieving a Zero Energy Building.

The fifth annual Race to Zero competition includes a new commercial building design contest, in addition to the residential building contests, giving teams many options of building types as the focus of their design challenge. The competition will take place April 20-22, 2018, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Download the new Race to Zero Competition Guide. Learn more about the event.

BETEC, BEC-National Officer Nominations Due November 10

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and its committee, the Building Enclosure Council-National (BEC-National), are electing new officers for the 2018 term. 

BETEC is currently seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and two BETEC members at large. Terms are for one year. BETEC officers are elected to the Executive Committee (ExCom) by the BETEC membership. A quorum of 20 percent of all BETEC members in good standing is required to vote. The election goes to the candidate who receives the most votes for each position. Submit a BETEC nomination by November 10.

As a committee of BETEC, BEC-National officers are appointed by the BETEC Executive Committee. For continuity, BEC-National plans to recommend: Dudley McFarquhar (Dallas BEC) for Past Chair; Justin Boone (Houston BEC) for Chair (current Vice Chair); Will Babbington (Colorado BEC) for Vice Chair (current Secretary 1); and John Burningham (Utah BEC) for Secretary 1 (current Secretary 2). However, nominations are currently being accepted for the open position of Secretary 2. BEC-National officer candidates must be members of the Institute in good standing. The 2018 BETEC ExCom will appoint the officers of BEC-National at the January 8 meeting. Submit a BEC-National Secretary 2 nomination.

An electronic ballot will be emailed to the current BETEC membership list by November 30. BETEC members can either return-email the ballot or vote in person at the annual BETEC meeting on Monday, January 8, to be held during Building Innovation 2018: The Institute’s Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.

BEST5 Draws Record Number of Technical Proposals

BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology

Lasering in on the theme of “Looking Back—Moving Forward: Where History Inspires Innovation,” the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST5) drew a record number of proposals for presentations from across the country and around the globe. Faced with this “good problem to have,” Conference organizers currently are designing the BEST possible program for the three-day event, slated for April 15-18, 2018, in Philadelphia. The historic Loews Philadelphia Hotel, the first International Style skyscraper built in this country, will serve as the Conference venue, and you can be sure that the members of Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia (fondly known as “BEC-Philly”) will help you gain a good grounding in the City of Brotherly Love’s architecture and building—past, present and future.

Make plans to join the National Institute of Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and BEC-Philly for the BEST5 Conference. Registration will open on January 15, 2018. In the meantime, check the BEST5 website for program details and Conference updates.

Sponsors and Exhibitors: Spaces are selling faster than for the 2015 BEST4. Don’t miss out on your chance to reach the BEST5 audience. Reserve your space today! Download the event prospectus.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Designing the Future Landscape Symposium Panel to Explore NBGO

Explore issues and solutions related to the interoperability and longevity of digital architecture, design and engineering assets at this upcoming free symposium hosted by the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art  and the Architect of the Capitol. Designing the Future Landscape: Digital Architecture, Design & Engineering Assets will be held in Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 16,  from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Speakers include architects, engineers, facilities managers, university researchers and standards and guideline creators. Each will share their experiences and discuss the challenges of creating, sharing and maintaining access to digital designs. The day will conclude with a panel, including National Institute of Building Sciences’ own Roger Grant, which will explore open building information modeling (BIM) standards, the Institute’s National BIM Guide for Owners (NBGO) and illustrate current actions, initiatives and solutions. View the schedule. Register now.

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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