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Dates to Know

January 7-10, 2019
Building Innovation 2019

Washington, DC

January 8, 2019
BEC DC: Cocktails + Conversation

Washington, DC

January 12-16, 2019
ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo

Atlanta, GA

January 17-21, 2019
BOMA Winter Business Meeting

Miami, FL

January 20-23, 2019
Inspection World

San Diego, CA

January 22-25, 2019
World of Concrete Show 2019

Las Vegas, NV

January 25-31, 2019
GEO Week

Denver, CO

January 28-29, 2019
WDMA-Northeast Winter Conference 2019

Baltimore, MD

January 28-30, 2019
International LiDAR Mapping Forum

Denver, CO

January 30, 2019
Building Smart by Mitigating Thermal Bridging

Vancouver, BC, Canada

February 19-21, 2019
NAHB International Builders’ Show

Las Vegas, NV

March 2019
National Ladder Safety Month

March 5-7, 2019

London, United Kingdom

March 14-19, 2019
2019 RCI International Convention & Trade Show

Orlando, FL

March 19, 2019
2019 X-STEM “Extreme” STEM Symposium

Washington, DC

March 26-28, 2019
NFMT 2019

Baltimore, MD

April 2-4, 2019
Geospatial World Forum

Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 3-6, 2019
AEI 2019 Conference

Tysons, VA

April 4-5, 2019
Facades+ New York City

New York, NY

April 8-10, 2019
IFMA Facility Fusion

Atlanta, GA

April 13-16, 2019
2019 National Planning Conference

San Francisco, CA

May 19-23, 2019
LIGHTFAIR International 2019

Philadelphia, PA

June 17-20, 2019
NFPA Conference & Expo

San Antonio, TX

June 22-25, 2019
BOMA 2019 International Conference & Expo

Salt Lake City, UT

September 23-25, 2019
The 7th Annual Critical Facilities Summit

Dallas, TX

October 16-18, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA

October 16-18, 2019
IFMA’s World Workplace

Phoenix, AZ

October 28-29, 2019
14th Conference on Advanced Building Skins

Bern, Switzerland

November 11-12, 2019
RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium

Louisville, KY

December 9-12, 2019
2019 Buildings XIV International Conference

Clearwater Beach, FL

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December 2018

The Institute in Action

Building Innovation 2019: 27 Hours of Continuing Education

Building Innovation Education Sessions

Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo, to be held January 7-10, is a great way to earn continuing education units (CEUs) while hearing from a diverse group of speakers.

This is the industry’s only all-inclusive event where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. With the theme of Optimizing for Tomorrow, the Conference will deliver educational content designed to engage the entire building community, cover a variety of concepts and present diverse perspectives during each session to stimulate creative ideas, present new approaches and develop workable solutions for the entire building industry. Building Innovation 2019 sessions have received approval for a total of 27 Learning Units (LUs) from the American Institute of Architects, many of which are Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) hours, as well as 27 contact hours from the International Code Council for a total of 2.7 CEUs. To receive credit, AIA and ICC members must provide their member numbers upon registration and be scanned for all sessions they attend. View the education sessions and credits. Online registration ends December 31, 2018. Register today!

Nineteen Reasons to Register to Attend Building Innovation 2019

Looking for a good reason to register to attend Building Innovation 2019 - The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo scheduled for January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.? There are plenty of reasons to be there where Science meets Design®. During this annual event, building industry professionals will gather to explore strategies aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow. It is the place to be as representatives from the entire building community take part in sharing ideas, learning from industry leaders and playing an active role in creating solutions for the built environment. For four days, attendees can collaborate with colleagues, examine some of the latest advancements in innovative products and tools and get a jump start on earning valuable continuing education units from both the American Institute of Architects and the International Code Council.

And if that’s not enough, here are 19 more reasons to register to attend Building Innovation 2019:

At Building Innovation 2019, you can . . .

  1. Learn how New York City is preparing its diverse building stock of over one million buildings to be resilient against climate vulnerabilities. (Opening Keynote Breakfast)
  2. Be among the first to witness the latest findings and celebrate the release of the anticipated next chapter in the Natural Hazard Mitigation Study. (Opening Keynote Breakfast)
  3. Find out how the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is tackling the important and expensive problem of corrosion to improve DOD facilities for the long term. (FEDCon© Keynote Breakfast)
  4. Discover how the American Geophysical Union (AGU) set out to achieve the first-ever net-zero energy renovation of an existing commercial building in Washington, D.C. (Plenary Keynote Luncheon)
  5. Review the latest intelligent tools and technologies utilized in increasing building performance, efficiency and maintenance. (TU2B)
  6. Explore components of the entire building enclosure and ways to improve thermal performance, interior air quality and successful waterproofing. (TU2C and TU3A)
  7. Examine the total cost of affordable housing and how enhanced building performance can reduce costs and risks to stakeholders. (TU3B)
  8. Hear about an ideal facility master plan, transition planning and successful examples of return on investment. (TU3C)
  9. Gain insight into the roles of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, point clouds and systems integration in construction and operations. (TU2B and TU4A)
  10. Review lessons learned from post-disaster code enforcement efforts and the process for developing seismic design provisions. (TU4C)
  11. Find out about the International Construction Measurement Standards and their role in predicting life-cycle construction costs. (WE2A)
  12. Hear about two building envelope case studies and understand the challenges of designing a museum with a high-performance building envelope and restoring the U.S. Capitol dome. (WE2B)
  13. Learn about a new model of intensive care healing environments and the benefits of integrating evidence-based findings into design and planning. (WE2C)
  14. Get the latest on timber building construction research and building systems. (WE3A)
  15. Discover how parishes in Louisiana successfully decreased their risk from hurricanes through new building policies. (WE3B)
  16. Find out how to pursue a building information model (BIM) pilot and execute BIM in an agency. (WE3C)
  17. Examine how spatial design and the indoor ambient environment interact to affect human health. (WE4A)
  18. Recognize the benefits of passive building design and discover strategies to achieve thermal autonomy and passive habitability in high-performance buildings. (WE4B)
  19. Understand the purpose of the building enclosure commissioning (BECx) process in pre-construction. (WE4C)

Find more reasons to register. View the full Conference schedule.

Building Innovation 2019: Meet the Session Speakers

Building Innovation 2019 Session Speakers

The education program for Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo is set to deliver an impressive lineup of expert speakers covering a wide range of relevant topics. During the four-day Conference, to be held January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., attendees will explore 37 informative presentations and gain educational credits from 18 different sessions. 

The impressive lineup of session speakers includes industry leaders, public-sector authorities and academia. Sixty-three expert speakers will cover a wide variety of topics to explore strategies aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow.

Building Innovation 2019 features informative education sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. The program offers many opportunities to expand your knowledge and learn about the latest techniques and technologies on a variety of subjects. From robotics, artificial intelligence and wind and flood resilience to building systems integration and managing assets, the session presentations run the gamut. Don’t miss the chance to learn from the experts while interacting with professionals from across the building industry. Learn more about the speakers.



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Spend less and get four enriching days packed with three keynote addresses; 63 expert speakers; 18 educational sessions offering 27 learning units; five networking events; an inspiring awards ceremony; and the latest in industry science and technology in the Exhibit Hall. Claim your savings now!

Security and Disaster Preparedness

MMC to Hold Annual Meeting January 7 at Building Innovation 2019

Plan to attend the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Annual Meeting at 3:00 pm on Monday, January 7, 2019, during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn about the latest in the multi-year Mitigation Saves Study; find out about the mitigation mortgage being developed with the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; and hear about other MMC activities. See the full conference schedule.


Information Resources and Technologies

buildingSMART alliance to Convene Annual Meeting January 7

The buildingSMART alliance will host its Annual Meeting at 1:00 pm, Monday, January 7, 2019, during Building Innovation 2019 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn about bSa’s plans for developing the next edition of the nation’s building information modeling standard, the National BIM Standard – United States® (NBIMS-US™). See the full conference schedule.


Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc


DOD Updates Building Code, Includes New Corrosion Requirements

On November 1, the U.S. Department of Defense modified and updated the general building requirements of the DoD Building Code, known as Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 1–200-01.

The UFC updates include a variety of new Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPC) Requirements, including specifications for the application of Environmental Severity Classification (ESC) and humidity design factors. The new CPC requirements are outlined in Chapter 3-6.6, as well as Appendix B. The full document is housed on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide

Specifically the new CPC requirements address the importance of using the appropriate CPC-related materials, systems, components and coatings during the design and construction phases of a DoD facility project. In addition, instructions for pinpointing the ESC factor at the location of a new construction project are provided, to help engineers and architects determine how best to design and construct the project for maximum longevity. The UFC update also addresses the selection of materials and the design requirements for corrosion-prone locations, based on the ESC and other environmental factors that can influence a design. 

Following the UFC modification, 31 Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGSs) were updated with CPC requirements for the various ESC zones and published at WBDG.org. Included in the revised specification list are CPC requirements for concrete, carpentry, roofs, flashing and sheet metal, doors and frames, windows, gypsum boards, plaster, paints and coatings, and other construction categories. UFGSs are specification-type documents that translate design criteria into construction requirements. Users can access the UFGS revisions here.



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