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Dates to Know

September 29-October 2, 2018
NECA 2018
Philadelphia, PA

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 3-5, 2018
IFMA’s World Workplace
Charlotte, NC

October 3-5, 2018
Long Beach, CA

October 4, 2018
Facades+AM Miami
Miami, FL

October 9, 2018
Retrofit Conference 2018
Charlotte, NC

October 9-11, 2018
Remodeling Show/DeckExpo
Baltimore, MD

October 10-11, 2018
WDMA Executive Management Conference
Cambridge, MA

October 10-12, 2018
Charlotte, NC

October 14-16, 2018
Critical Facilities Summit
Nashville, TN

October 15-18, 2018
Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference
London, United Kingdom

October 15-18, 2018
2018 AAMA National Fall Conference
Tucson, AZ

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 21-22, 2018
ASTM Symposium on Building Science and the Physics of Building Enclosure Performance - Part 1

Washington, DC

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

October 24-26, 2018
IWBC 2018 Industrialized Wood-Based Construction Conference
Boston, MA

October 24-29, 2018
ICC Group A Public Comment Hearings

Richmond, VA

October 25-26, 2018
Facades+ Las ANgeles

Los Angeles, CA

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

November 6-7, 2018
NFMT Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

November 6-8, 2018
ASTM Symposium on Structural Integrity of Additive Manufactured Parts

Washington, DC

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 9, 2018
Facades+ Boston
Boston, MA

November 13-15, 2018
Infrastructure Imperative

Cleveland, OH

November 13-15, 2018

Austin, TX

November 16-17, 2018
Building Envelope Technology Symposium

Nashville, TN

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


January 7-10, 2019
Building Innovation 2019

Washington, DC

February 19-21, 2019
NAHB International Builders’ Show

Las Vegas, NV

March 2019
National Ladder Safety Month

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

Orlando, FL

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

May 19-23, 2019
LIGHTFAIR International 2019

Philadelphia, PA

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

Salt Lake City, UT

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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Industry News

Real Estate Industry Collaborates to Fill Talent Pipeline

Nearly 30 real estate industry organizations representing more than 10 million jobs collaborated on a new website to highlight the diverse career paths within the real estate sector. Students in high school, college, technical programs and community colleges can explore possible career pathways within real estate by taking an interactive quiz to discover career opportunities. Find out more.



September 2018

The Institute in Action

Building Innovation 2019: Registration is Open!
Register Early and Save

Building Innovation 2019 Conference and Expo

In less than four months, the entire industry will come together to collaborate on improving the built environment. Register today to join us for Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, January 7-10 2019, at the five-star Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. Register now to be there where Science meets Design® to participate alongside others involved in planning, designing, procuring, constructing, operating, maintaining and retiring physical facilities as we explore strategies that are aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow.

Three tracks of educational sessions and a bonus day of building enclosure commissioning workshops will take place over three days of Building Innovation 2019. The program covers a wide range of topics that are relevant to the industry as a whole and will unite the entire community in developing solutions for the built environment. The program schedule is full of activities that support the goals of the Institute in bringing the community together to seek solutions. The four-day Conference provides an exciting, balanced, interactive and educational event.

Early registration offers $250 off the onsite registration rates. So don’t delay. Early-bird rates end October 31, 2018. View the preliminary schedule of events and register at www.nibs.org/conference2019.

Coordinating Council Convenes for September Meeting

Coordinating Council Meeting

above Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Chair Bryan Koon (center), Program Director Phil Schneider (right) and Program Manager Jiqiu Yuan present during the Coordinating Council meeting held this week at the Institute. Council and committee chairs meet several times per year to share program updates. The MMC highlighted its progress on the Mitigation Saves Interim Report as well as its work on incentivizing investments in resilience. Find out more about the Coordinating Council.

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Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Moving Forward on the 2018 Report

NIBS Consultative Council

above Vicki Worden (second from right), chair of the Consultative Council, addresses fellow members during the Council’s meeting September 25. The Council is working to finalize the findings and recommendations that will serve as the basis for its 2018 Moving Forward Report to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress. The report will be available at Building Innovation 2019. Learn more about the Consultative Council.

Ellis Appointed Executive Director of Charles Pankow Foundation

Anne M. EllisNational Institute of Building Sciences Board Member Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, F.ASCE will become the new executive director of the Charles Pankow Foundation, effective October 1. The Foundation’s board appointed her this past week. Founder and chief executive officer of Ellis Global, Ellis previously served as a special advisor to the Foundation’s Board to rally support for collaborative innovation in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries.

The Charles Pankow Foundation leads industry collaborations, funds research and projects, and delivers solutions that enable the AEC industry to advance innovation in the design and construction of buildings. In her new role, Ellis will focus on expanding the foundation’s transformational impact by engaging a broader swath of the AEC industry. Read the announcement.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

New SAFETY Act Best Practices Guide Now Available

A new web-based tool can help security professionals for commercial office buildings perform assessments based on the Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS) for commercial office buildings. With best practices developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences, building owners seeking protections under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act can use the tool when developing their application packages.

An issue that arises for building owners seeking SAFETY Act protections is the need to re-submit applications due to gaps in the review for SAFETY Act eligibility. This new online format serves to eliminate such backtracking from the application process, outlining what a building needs to accomplish to become a candidate for Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) status. Preferred users are trained security professionals whose credentials will be reviewed by the Institute before gaining access to the tool. They are then trained in using the checklist to evaluate various components of building security by SAFETY Act standards, including access control, risk awareness, physical security, IT security and more. The guide spans seven categories, 411 best practices and approximately 60 associated common practices.

Read the announcement. Commercial property owners and security professionals, may request access to the BPATS tool here.

FEMA Issues MAT Report on Hurricanes Irma, Maria

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The Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) just released the report of results for its Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In response to a request for technical support from the FEMA Joint Field Office in St. Croix, FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA) Building Science Branch deployed a MAT composed of national and regional experts to affected areas in St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix in October and November, 2017. The report, FEMA P-2021 | Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands, compiles their evaluation.

The MAT was charged with evaluating damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, especially for buildings constructed or reconstructed after Hurricane Marilyn (1995), to identify both successful and unsuccessful mitigation techniques. This work involved: assessing the performance of residential, nonresidential and critical facilities affected by the storms; evaluating the performance of photovoltaic (PV) facilities; investigating the effects of wind speed-up due to the islands’ topography on building performance; and meeting with residents and local officials to better understand what transpired during and after the storms. View the report.



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Facility Performance and Sustainability

FMOC Webinar to Focus on Long-Term Operation of New Facilities

Bringing a new facility to life and integrating it with an existing asset portfolio can be a stressful endeavor. The receiving organization is expected to operate, manage and maintain the building with finite resources, yet the owner may be faced with a newly constructed facility that underperforms, requires unplanned downtime or additional rework, or provides a lesser occupant or visitor experience. The Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) will host a one-hour webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET, that focuses on making that transition as successful as possible.

The presenter, FMOC Chair Casey Martin, AIA, AICP, works in the consulting practice at Jacobs Engineering delivering facility and asset management strategies. Read the news release. Sign up to attend the webinar.

The Institute Appoints Jury for 2018 Beyond Green™ Awards
Award Recipients to Be Honored during Building Innovation 2019

The National Institute of Building Sciences announces the appointment of Nancy McNabb, AIA; Jason Hartke, PhD; and Arpan Bakshi as the jury for the 2018 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards.

The Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. The jury is responsible for selecting those projects and activities that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high performance from all of the entries submitted to the Institute by the October 31 deadline.

The Institute will recognize the 2018 award winners on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, during its Annual Awards Banquet. As part of the awards presentation, the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Award winners have the opportunity to present their projects and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced while delivering high-performance buildings. Learn more about the jury. Submit a Beyond Green™ entry.

FMOC’s Designing for Maintainability Webinar Now Online

Missed the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) webinar “Designing for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects”? The one-hour audio presentation, which FMOC hosted on September 14, is now available to download. During his presentation, Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, the immediate past chair of the FMOC and a current member of the Institute’s Board of Directors, discussed a methodology that links operations and maintenance goals to the design process that can be applied to any organization. Find out how working with facility professionals during the design phase of the project can alleviate costs and help optimize building performance. The audio presentation is available until October 13, 2018. Listen now.


Information Resources and Technologies

Officials from Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior Make a Visit

Taiwanese Delegation Visit NIBS

above Officials from the Architecture and Building Research Institute in Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior learn about the Institute’s WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® during an informational presentation by Institute Vice President Ryan Colker (left) and Program Director Roger Grant (not pictured) on September 6. The Taiwanese delegation visited agencies in New York City and Washington, D.C. to collect data on how the U.S. building industry is using building information modeling (BIM). The presenters highlighted the National BIM Standard-United States®, Construction to Operations Building information exchange (COBie) data and other related programs that support the industry.

Chinese Delegation Learns About Institute’s Programs

above A delegation of 17 officials and engineers from the Shandong (China) Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development convene at the Institute September 11 to learn about the Institute’s role in the United States building industry. The department, which is responsible for overseeing all housing and urban construction projects in Shandong Province, received an overview of the Institute’s program areas. The delegation was particularly interested in building information modeling, off-site construction and high-performance building.

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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