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Dates to Know

March 2019
National Ladder Safety Month

March 5-7, 2019

London, United Kingdom

March 8, 2019
Consultative Council Meeting
Washington, DC

March 14, 2019
Off-Site Construction Council Meeting
Las Vegas, NV
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

March 14, 2018
DOE Residential Buildings Webinar
1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

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

Orlando, FL

March 15-18, 2019
2019 World of Modular

Las Vegas, NV

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

Washington, DC

March 26, 2019
Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee Meeting
Baltimore, MD

March 26-28, 2019
NFMT 2019

Baltimore, MD

March 27-30, 2019
JLC Live/ Remodeling Show and DeckExpo

Providence, RI

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 11-13, 2019
9th International Conference on CO2 and Ammonia Refrigeration Technologies


April 13-16, 2019
2019 National Planning Conference

San Francisco, CA

April 15-18, 2019
Cx Energy 2019 Conference & Expo

Orlando, FL

April 16, 2019
National Institute of Building Sciences BECx Workshop
Orlando, FL

April 30, 2019
OGC ‘Mixed Reality to the Edge’ Workshop

Tampa, FL

May 2019
Building Safety Month

May 2019
Deck Safety Month

May 8-9, 2019
2019 BEC National Symposium

St. Louis, MO

May 13-16, 2019
Internet of Things World

Santa Clara, CA

May 19-23, 2019
LIGHTFAIR International 2019

Philadelphia, PA

May 23, 2019

New York, NY

June 6-8, 2019
AIA Conference on Architecture 2019

Las Vegas, NV

June 17-20, 2019
NFPA Conference & Expo

San Antonio, TX

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

Salt Lake City, UT

Industry News

OGC Announces New Leadership
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces new Consortium leadership, effective March 1. Dr. Nadine Alameh will serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Bart De Lathouwer will become OGC President. Scott Simmons will become OGC Chief Operations Officer. They  join George Percivall, Chief Technology Officer, and Jeff Burnett, VP for Finance and Administration, to form OGC’s senior leadership team. Read the OGC release.

APA Selects New CEO
The Board of Directors of the American Planning Association (APA) has selected Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE, as the new Chief Executive Officer of APA and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), effective April 8. Albizo succeeds James M. Drinan, J.D., who is retiring after five years of service. Read the APA announcement

February 2019

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Consultative Council to Convene March 8

The Institute’s Consultative Council will host its March meeting at the National Institute of Building Sciences Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting will take place Friday, March 8, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Council assembles high-level building community representatives to make recommendations directly to the executive and legislative branches of government to improve our nation's buildings and infrastructure. The meeting is free and open to the public. Learn more about the Consultative Council. For questions or to RSVP to attend, contact the program director.

Off-Site Construction Council to Meet in Las Vegas March 14

The Institute's Off-Site Construction Council is holding a meeting March 14 in conjunction with World of Modular 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting will be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Cosmopolitan Resort, Level 4 - Mont Royal Ballroom 2. The meeting is free and open to the public. View the agenda. To learn more, contact the OSCC program director.


Security and Disaster Preparedness

Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report Topic of RNPN Lunch & Learn

Mitigation Saves Lunch and Learn

Multihazard Mitigation Council Director Philip Schneider (left end of table) presents the findings of the Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report to attendees at an RNPN Lunch & Learn February 6.

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN) hosted its first Lunch & Learn of the year February 6 in Washington, D.C. The topic of the presentation, “Mitigation Saves through the Adoption of Building Codes,” focused on the results of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report, which the National Institute of Building Sciences released in January.

Philip Schneider, Director of the Institute’s Multihazard Mitigation Council, and Gabriel Maser and Ryan Colker of the International Code Council (ICC) participated in the presentation. The 2018 Interim Report assigns a national benefit of $11 for every $1 invested in designing buildings to meet the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2018 International Building Code (IBC) versus the prior generation of codes represented by 1990-era design and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements. These savings that result from implementing mitigation strategies affect safety, and the prevention of property loss and disruption of day-to-day life. 

Developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the RNPN is a collection of organizations committed to building resilient communities collaborating on best practices and sharing tools and resources for enduring natural disasters. Both the National Institute of Building Sciences and the International Code Council are organizational members. Download the report.

FEMA to Hold Pilot Course on Advanced Building Science

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sponsoring a two-day pilot course, E2460 Advanced Building Science Series 1, to be held May 13-16 at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

This advanced topics course will address the ever-changing challenges faced from flood and wind risk through a comprehensive approach to planning, compliance, best-practice mitigation and funding. The four-day course is comprised of six modules: Flood Provisions of the I-Codes and ASCE-24; Incorporating Future Conditions into Flood Design; Strategies for Maximizing Floodproofing Success; Steps to a Successful Elevation; Wind Mitigation for Buildings: Policies & Procedures for Successful Recovery; and Critical Building Performance for Wind. View the course details and application process.


Facility Performance and Sustainability

Institute to Host Session, Meeting, Booth at NFMT
March 26-28 in Baltimore

Building Operating Management's NFMT2019

Attend the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference (NFMT) 2019 March 26-28 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and discover the latest facility trends on improving operations; construction, renovation and retrofit; and staffing and services. While there, don’t miss the chance to learn about National Institute of Building Sciences activities relating to best practices for anti-terrorism security for commercial office buildings, attend the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) meeting and stop by our booth in the Expo Hall.

The FMOC will hold a meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 26, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, in Room 330. The Institute’s Director of Information Technology, Bob Payn, will host a session: Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security for Commercial Office Buildings: Improving Building Security and Managing Risk, Session W3.24, Wednesday morning, March 27, from 10:30 to 11:30 am, in Room 324. In addition, the Institute will have a display at Booth 2563 in the Expo Hall throughout the week. The education sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hall at NFMT are all free to Institute members who register in advance. No priority code is needed. Register today!

Institute to Host BECx Workshop during CxEnergy 2019

Attend the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) Workshop April 16 and earn credits toward a joint NIBS/ASTM certificate in BECx. Held in conjunction with the CxEnergy 2019 Conference & Expo, April 16-18, at the Caribe Royal Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida, this one-day BECx Workshop offers three, two-hour modules as part of the NIBS/ASTM education certificate program.

The three modules, BECx Standards and Process; BECx Laboratory Testing; and BECx Control Layers 2, will be taught by Will Babbington, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C; Elizabeth O. Cassin, RA, LEED AP; Andrea DelGiudice, PE; and Brian H. Neely, AIA, CDT, BECxP.

NIBS is a supporting organization of CxEnergy 2019. BECx Workshop participants receive a 10% discount to the conference. Read the release. Register for the BECx Workshop. Use promo code NIBS10 to receive a 10% discount on CxEnergy 2019.



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