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Dates to Know

May 2018
Building Safety Month

May 2018
Deck Safety Month

May 1-4, 2018
FCIA Education & Committee Action Conference 2018

Memphis, TN

May 3, 2018
DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Webinar
1:30 – 2:30 pm EDT

May 7-8, 2018
WDMA National Architectural Door Conference
Baltimore, MD

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

May 9-11, 2018
Legionella Conference 2018
Baltimore, MD

May 14-17, 2018
FEMA Course: Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings
Emmitsburg, VA

May 14-18, 2018
Energy Plus Workshops
Washington, DC

May 15-16, 2018
Emerging Water Technology Symposium
Ontario, CA

May 17, 2018
HPB Coalition Meeting
Washington, DC

May 17-18, 2018
Disaster CDS Workshop at NASA Ames
Mountain View, CA

May 22, 2018
New York City, NY

June 2018
National Healthy Homes Month

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

Anaheim, CA

June 11-14, 2018
NFPA 2018 Conference & Expo

Las Vegas, NV

June 11-15, 2018
High Performance Building Week

Washington, DC

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 23-27, 2018
CFMA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Miami Beach, FL

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

Los Angeles, CA

August 6-9, 2018
2018 SES Conference
Nashville, TN

August 21-23, 2018
DOE Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit 2018
Cleveland, OH

September 4-8, 2018
San Diego, CA

September 13-14, 2018
RCI Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium
Mississauga, ON, Canada

September 30-October 4, 2018
IAPMO 89th Annual Education and Business Conference
Philadelphia, PA

October 1-2, 2018
International Conference on Advanced Building Skins
Bern, Switzerland

October 10-12, 2018
Charlotte, NC

October 15-19, 2018
World Standards Week 2018
Washington, DC

October 17-19, 2018
2018 ProDealer Industry Summit

Chicago, IL

October 18, 2018
U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Dinner

Washington, DC

October 21-24, 2018
ICC 2018 Annual Conference
Richmond, VA

October 24-31, 2018
ICC Group A Public Comment Hearings

Richmond, VA

November 4-7, 2018
IRMI Construction Risk Conference
Houston, TX

November 6-7, 2018
NFMT Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

November 6-9, 2018
FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show

Austin, TX

November 7-9, 2018
Design-Build Conference and Expo

New Orleans, LA

November 13-15, 2018

Austin, TX

November 16-17, 2018
Building Envelope Technology Symposium

Nashville, TN

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

Washington, DC


January 7-10, 2019
Building Innovation 2019

Washington, DC

February 19-21, 2019
NAHB International Builders’ Show

Las Vegas, NV

April 3-6, 2019
AEI 2019 Conference

Tysons, VA

April 9-12, 2019
Geospatial World Forum

Amsterdam, Netherlands

JNIBS Winter 2017

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What's on WBDG

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® has posted new Resource pages on Building Systems Efficiency. As a middle ground between component and whole-building efficiency, a building systems approach considers the interactions of components within and among building systems, as well as interactions among multiple buildings, and between the building and the electric grid.



April 2018

The Institute in Action

Nominations Wanted for Institute Board

The National Institute of Building Sciences Board Nominations Committee is currently seeking candidates to serve on the Institute’s Board of Directors. The Institute Board is comprised of 21 members. Six members are appointed by the President of the United States, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to represent the public interest. The remaining 15 members are elected and can represent either public interest or industry voices. The Board representation includes architects, builders, building owners, building standards developers, consumers, contractors, educators, fire safety professionals, local agency officials, product manufacturers, professional engineers, state agency officials and others. However, the majority of board members are required to come from the public interest category.

The three-year terms begin in January 2019. 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, Friday, July 13. Download the nomination form.

Call for Honor, Member Award Nominees

The National Institute of Building Sciences Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 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 2019 Annual Awards Banquet, which will take place as part of Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo, to be held January 7-10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, Friday, July 13. Download the nomination forms: Member Award or Honor Award.

Submit an Abstract for the December 2018 JNIBS Issue

Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences

The editors of the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) are beginning the process of compiling articles for the Winter 2018 edition, which will be published in December 2018. The Winter issue will offer a special focus on resilience, as well as additional feature articles on building enclosure design, building information modeling (BIM) specifications and hazard mapping. Abstracts are due on or before June 15, 2018. Submittals for future issues also are welcome. Submit an abstract. Interested in advertising? Download the 2018 JNIBS Media Kit.

Write a Paper for a Chance to Win $2,500

Each year, the United States standards community comes together to celebrate the importance of standards. As part of this U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, the SES – The Society for Standards Professionals holds a paper competition. The theme for 2018 is “Innovation Nation.”

Cash prizes will be awarded for up to three papers selected by a panel of judges. The first place winner will receive a plaque and $2,500. Second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers will be published in SES’s journal, Standards Engineering. Paper competition winners will receive their awards during a banquet October 18 in Washington, D.C., hosted by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee, of which the National Institute of Building Sciences is a member.

All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight, July 13. Get the full details.

Save the Date: Building Innovation 2019

Plan now to be there where Science meets Design® during Building Innovation 2019 - The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Join us as we work to implement strategies aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow. Witness industry visionaries share the ideas, initiatives, practices and policies that will deliver the high-performance buildings and communities of the future. Sign up now for Conference news and updates.

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

EMP Credential Achieves ANSI Accreditation, DOE Recognition

The Energy Management Association has achieved accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for its Energy Management Professional (EMP) credential, and become a recognized certification by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings® Workforce Guidelines (BBWG) program.

Administered by the National Institute of Building Sciences Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council, the BBWG program requires that recognized certification programs first attain third party accreditation available through ANSI, which involves a rigorous process of demonstrating compliance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 17024. Once accomplished, the certifying body applies to DOE for formal Better Buildings® Workforce Guidelines recognition — a designation that demonstrates the program is “high quality, industry endorsed, and nationally recognized by DOE.”

EMA’s EMP Certification Program was developed to respond to the need for a commissioning-based energy management protocol that could be deployed in retro-commissioning and energy retrofit projects. EMPs create added value by comprehensively addressing the energy efficiency of building systems and their ongoing operations. Read the EMP releaseView the DOE announcement.

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May FEMA Course on Residential Retrofits for Flood

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sponsoring a four-day course, E0279 Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings, to be held May 14-17 at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

To apply, students must complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1, with the student’s signature and signature of their supervisor or sponsoring agency official. Email to netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov or fax the application to (301) 447-1658.

This course will cover the concepts of flood-proofing and retrofitting, regulatory framework, design parameters, benefit-cost analysis and technical feasibility considerations. Participants will complete a design activity on a real-life case study. The course will also include a computer laboratory session with hands-on exercises using the FEMA benefit-cost analysis program modules. View the course details.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

OGC to Host Disaster CDS Workshop at NASA Ames

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) will hold a Disaster Concept Development Study (CDS) Workshop, May 17-18, 2018, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Conference Center in Moffett Field, California. The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and other U.S. Government agencies, and hosted by NASA Ames.

The workshop marks the early stages of OGC’s Disaster Concept Development Study, and will shape future activities to be led by OGC regarding disaster preparedness and response and to inform development of potential Disaster Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI).

In the last 10 years, Earth has experienced more than 370 annual natural disasters, causing an average of 70,000 deaths per year. So far in 2018, the United States alone has experienced three disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each. Read the OGC release. View the agenda and register for the free workshop.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

BEST5 Conference Hosts Record Crowd in Philadelphia
Attendees Exchange Knowledge, Network, Honor Life of Wagdy Anis

Margaretha “Greta” Eckhardt, AIA, life partner of Wagdy Anis, who passed away in March, shares a tribute during the BEST5 dinner. “Wagdy was a modest man and a man of integrity. He put his efforts into seeking what is true and right, not his own fame,” she said. “Every time we too pursue the appropriate application of true scientific principles in our work, and advocate for these principles in the design and construction industry, we will honor his memory.”

Host Chapter Building Enclosure Council-Philadelphia (“BEC Philly”) and the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) joined forces April 16-18 in Philadelphia at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel to present the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology® (BEST5) to some 340 architects, engineers, contractors, educators, students, researchers and others passionate about the building enclosure. The more than 50 papers and presentations delivered by industry experts to showcase state-of-the-art work in research, design and construction of high-performance buildings proved to be the highlight of the Conference. View the recap.

Congratulations to 2018 Race to Zero Winner

Congratulations to the 2018 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) winners, including Grand Winner Prairie View A&M University. Forty teams from 34 institutions across the United States and four other countries presented their projects during the 2018 DOE Race to Zero Competition, April 20-22, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. View the results.

The Race to Zero encourages students to work with builders, developers, community leaders, and other industry partners to meet stringent design requirements and create marketable, affordable concepts. Read the DOE announcement.

Information Resources and Technologies

NIST Releases Version 1.1 of its Popular Cybersecurity Framework

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released version 1.1 of its popular Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, more widely known as the Cybersecurity Framework.

The framework was developed with a focus on industries vital to national and economic security, including energy, banking, communications and the defense industrial base. It has since proven flexible enough to be adopted voluntarily by large and small companies and organizations across all industry sectors, as well as by federal, state and local governments.

NIST is planning a Cybersecurity Risk Management Conference, which will include a major focus on the framework, for November 6-8, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland. Detailed information on the conference will soon be available on the Cybersecurity Framework website. Read the NIST release.

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