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Dates to Know

November 28-30, 2018
The Buildings Show

Toronto, Canada

December 2, 2018
ASTM Symposium on Building Science and the Physics of Building Enclosure Performance - Part 2

Washington, DC

December 7, 2018
Facades+AM Seattle

Seattle, WA

December 11, 2018
OGC Energy & Utilities Summit

Charlotte, NC


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 22-25, 2019
World of Concrete Show 2019

Las Vegas, NV

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

Baltimore, MD

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 8-10, 2019
IFMA Facility Fusion

Atlanta, GA

May 19-23, 2019
LIGHTFAIR International 2019

Philadelphia, PA

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

Salt Lake City, UT

October 16-18, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA

October 16-18, 2019
IFMA’s World Workplace

Phoenix, AZ

December 9-12, 2019
2019 Buildings XIV International Conference

Clearwater Beach, FL

Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences - Autumn 2018

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November 2018

The Institute in Action

The Institute Names Lakisha Ann Woods President

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAEThe National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. In her role as President, Woods will be responsible for leading the Institute’s dedicated team of professionals, enhancing its value and visibility and growing relationships with its members, clients, public agencies and partners. She will lead efforts to expand the organization’s programs and markets while growing and strengthening its membership base.

Woods brings extensive experience in association management, including strategic planning, team building and business development. She has served the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) since 2004, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, where she supervised a staff of 28 and oversaw a budget of $13 million, and previously as NAHB’s Vice President of Publishing and Affinity Programs for nearly 11 years. Prior to that, she held marketing and e-business roles of increasing importance and scope at the Associated General Contractors of America. Woods also is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Board of Directors. Read the release.

You Are Invited to Say Welcome & Farewell

The National Institute of Building Sciences cordially invites you to attend our Annual Reception and Banquet, Wednesday, January 9, 2019, to welcome our new president, Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, and bid farewell to our retiring president, Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA.

Held at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., in Grand Ballroom B, as part of Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo, the reception begins at 5:00 pm. Dinner starts at 6:00 pm. Register to attend (select ticket numbers 2019-OPT and 2019-3A).


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Ayers Steps Down as Architect of the Capitol

Stephen T. Ayers, FAIAStephen T. Ayers, FAIA, Immediate Past Chairman of the National Institute of Building Sciences, has retired from his position as Architect of the Capitol.

In his role, Ayers was responsible for the facilities, maintenance and operation of the historic U.S. Capitol Building, more than 460 acres of Capitol grounds and 17.4 million square feet of buildings, including the House and Senate Congressional Office Buildings, the Capitol Visitors Center, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building and other facilities. Read the article.


Building Innovation 2019: Hotel Discount Rate Ends December 7

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Time is running out to save on hotel accommodations for those attending Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo, January 7-10, 2019.

During Building Innovation 2019, guests staying at the Mandarin Oriental can do so for the special rate of $175, which is lower than the federal government allowed per diem rate. Reserve your room by the deadline, Friday, December 7, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. ET, to secure this rate and availability. Make your reservations online or call (202) 787-6140. Mention "Building Innovation Conference & Expo" when making your reservations by phone. Reserve your room now!


Building Innovation 2019:
Reach the Most Diverse Audience of Industry Professionals

Building Innovation 2019 Opportunities

The Building Innovation 2019 audience consists of individuals from all facets of the building community who are actively seeking solutions. If your company has technology, methods or processes that improve building performance, this event offers you the best opportunity to present to the most diverse group representing the building community. A sponsorship and/or exhibit space will give your innovations ample exposure to an audience that includes all industry disciplines as they look for ways to improve the built environment.

Many opportunities are still available to play a significant role in delivering four activity-filled days of informative sessions, quality educational programs, award presentations and networking opportunities. Join forces with the Institute and connect with building industry experts and innovators as we explore strategies that are aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow. Support the industry and the Institute. Claim your sponsorship and/or exhibit space today. View the Exhibit Hall Floor Plan. Download the Prospectus. Time is running out. The deadline to show your support ends December 21, 2018.


Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council to Meet January 7

The annual meeting of the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council will take place on Monday, January 7, 2019, from, 1:00 – 3:00 in room Oriental A at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of Building Innovation 2019: the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo. During the meeting, the CWCC Board of Direction, Energy Efficiency Board of Advisors and Blast Protection Board of Advisors will convene to review their 2018 activities and discuss plans for 2019.

One important topic for discussion will be the annual review of the published Job Task Analyses to determine if any updates are required to maintain compliance with current practices and meet the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17024 workforce credentialing standard. An agenda and any advance materials will be provided to Board members prior to the meeting. Get more information about the CWCC. Have questions? Contact the program director.

Green Receives ASCE Member Appreciation Award

Nick DeNichilo with Henry Green

National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA (right), accepts an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Member Appreciation Award from Nick DeNichilo, Chairman of ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council (ILC), upon completing his tenure on the ILC. A founding member of the ILC, Green has served on the council since it began in 2009.

The Industry Leaders Council engages senior leaders from industry, academia, government and non-governmental organizations to identify tactical actions for ASCE and the civil engineering profession. Membership on the ILC is by invitation only. Potential candidates are nominated by their peers and those candidates selected to join the ILC receive an invitation from the ILC Chair and ASCE Executive Director. Learn more about the ILC.


Security and Disaster Preparedness

Building Innovation 2019 Opening Keynote
to Talk about Resilience in NYC

Eric Wilson Keynote SpeakerEric Wilson, Deputy Director at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, will serve as the Opening Keynote Speaker at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo. Addressing the Conference theme of Optimizing for Tomorrow, Wilson will speak during the Opening Keynote Breakfast on Tuesday, January 8, 8:00 am – 10:00 am ET, in Washington, D.C.

New York City’s diverse building stock of over one million buildings is highly vulnerable to the hazards of a changing climate, including tidal and storm flooding in coastal neighborhoods, but also extreme heat, heavy precipitation and groundwater table rise throughout the city. While New York City’s Building Code facilitates physical resilience in new construction, the majority of the city’s buildings are approaching 100 years old. In his remarks, Wilson will share the context of New York City’s climate vulnerabilities, the work he and his colleagues in the Office of Resiliency are doing to address them and challenges in preparing buildings for coming climate hazards.

Choose to attend the Opening Keynote Breakfast or for the full Conference. Learn more about Wilson’s presentation. View the full schedule of Building Innovation 2019 events.


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Disaster Mitigation Webinar Now Available Online

Didn’t get to see the webinar, The Business Case for Building Stronger, Smarter Infrastructure, that The Pew Charitable Trusts and National Institute of Building Sciences co-hosted in October? No worries. It is now available for download. 

The webinar featured Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure, the latest Interim Report of the Institute’s “Mitigation Saves” multi-year study. The new report builds on the results presented earlier this year that every $1 invested in disaster mitigation through federal grants saves society $6 in future disaster costs. These latest results examine the return on investment associated with resilient infrastructure related to transportation, electric grid and water systems.

Speaking during the webinar were Forbes Tompkins, Officer, Flood-Prepared Communities Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ryan Colker, JD, Vice President, National Institute of Building Sciences; Philip Schneider, Program Director, National Institute of Building Sciences; and Melissa Clow, Civil Engineer, Iowa City. Read the report. Watch the webinar.


Facility Performance and Sustainability

Building Innovation 2019 Plenary Keynote to
Highlight AGU Net-Zero Energy Renovation

Janice Lachance Keynote SpeakerThe American Geophysical Union (AGU) will complete the first-ever net-zero energy renovation of an existing commercial building in the District of Columbia in 2019, AGU’s Centennial. Janice Lachance, Esq., FASAE, AGU’s Executive Vice President, Strategic and Organizational Excellence, will provide an overview of the project as Keynote Speaker at the Plenary Luncheon, to be held 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Wednesday, January 9, during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, in Washington, D.C.

AGU is an international society of Earth and space scientists dedicated to advancing science and ensuring a sustainable future. Speaking to the Conference theme of Optimizing for Tomorrow, Lachance will explain how, by living its mission of science for the benefit of humanity, AGU made the decision to renovate its existing 62,000-square-foot headquarters building to be a showcase for real-world scientific advancement through innovative, sustainable technology. Read more about Lachance's presentation. Choose to attend Wednesday’s Plenary Luncheon or the full Conference. Register now.


2019 FEDCon® Keynote to Tackle Expensive Problem of Corrosion

Each year, FEDCon® gives private-sector architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers insight into the construction process of the different agencies of the U.S. federal government. The 2019 FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast, scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, 2019, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo, will spotlight the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Material Readiness, Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office and its work tackling the important and expensive problem of corrosion to improve Department of Defense (DOD) facilities for the long term.

DOD criteria incorporate both new technologies and corrosion prevention and control (CPC) focused language to ensure appropriate requirements are included in DOD contracts. Steve Geusic, PE; Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, ASQ LSSBB; and Richard A. Hays, who all support the DOD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, will talk about the criteria, provide examples applicable to private-sector facilities and highlight tools available through the Institute’s WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® CPC Resource pages. Their intent is to assist facilities designers, contractors and sustainers to meet life-cycle requirements and to optimize facilities for tomorrow through better decision making.

Read more about the FEDCon® presentation. Attend the FEDCon® Breakfast, sponsored by Master Painters Institute (MPI), Wednesday, January 9, 2019, to learn about the challenge of corrosion and the tools available to address it. Then stay for the full conference. Register today.

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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