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Upcoming NCS Webinar Will Look at BIM Implementation

News & Press - July 31, 2017 - 3:03pm

While many design professionals in the U.S. building industry use building information modeling tools, many people still require and rely upon computer-aided design (CAD)-based, two-dimensional drawings for project information delivery. In 2014, the developers of the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS)—The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)—released NCS Version 6 (V6), which includes a new section on implementing BIM. A new webinar, “BIM Implementation,” to be held Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, will highlight this new content.

The NIBS buildingSMART alliance®, which oversees the NCS standards development process through its NCS Steering Committee, also develops the National Building Information Modeling Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™). Since the NBIMS-US™ does not define graphical standards, the NCS Steering Committee added a new BIM Implementation Section in the NCS V6 to clarify the applicability of NCS content as well as provide new basic BIM guidelines.

Presenter Johnny Fortune will help attendees gain an understanding of why the Steering Committee added BIM information to the NCS V6; identify what NCS content is applicable to implementing BIM; clarify what BIM guidelines are typical; and explain how to implement the NCS V6 BIM content.

The immediate past chair of the buildingSMART alliance, Fortune is actively involved in both NCS and NBIMS-US™ standards development, as well as committees for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Industry BIM/CIM Consortium. He serves as BIM Director at Bullock Tice Associates in Pensacola, Florida, where he has led the complete transition from CAD to BIM production; directs the company’s overall BIM strategies, standards and technology operations; and oversees BIM integration with external stakeholders. He has presented about CAD/BIM workflow integration at several venues, including: Autodesk University, BIMForum, GeoBuiz, the NIBS Annual Conference, CSI chapter meetings and various Society of American Military Engineers events.

The NCS developers host webinars to give attendees the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of acquiring and implementing Version 6 with its added features, such as the new BIM module. The NCS streamlines and simplifies the exchange of building design and construction data from project development throughout the life of a facility. It coordinates the efforts of the entire architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry by classifying electronic building design data consistently, allowing streamlined communication among owners and design and construction project teams. Use of the NCS can reduce costs and produce greater efficiency in the design and construction process.

The webinar will include a question and answer segment. Attendees can submit their specific questions upon registering for the event. They do not need to own the NCS to attend.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will get a code for a 10% discount to purchase the NCS. Architects are eligible to earn one learning unit (LU) continuing education unit from the AIA. AIA members must submit their AIA registration number on the webinar form.

To sign up for the webinar, “BIM Implementation,” to be held August 17, 2017, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, register now.

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August 25 BSSC Webinar Will Look at Seismic Design of Masonry

News & Press - July 24, 2017 - 6:26pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the sixth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Masonry with the 2015 NEHRP Provisions,” will be held Friday, August 25, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The BSSC webinar series highlights the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials.

Presenter David Sommer, PE, SE, is the principal author of the masonry chapter of FEMA P-1051. He will discuss seismic design of masonry using the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions and the referenced 2013 edition of The Masonry Society (TMS) standard TMS 402/602: Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures. He will present masonry behavior, material properties and navigation of the design standards, as well as design of walls for in-plane and out-of-plane seismic forces using the strength design provisions of TMS 402. Sommer will conclude the webinar with an excerpt from FEMA P-1051 to illustrate some of the highlighted concepts.

Sommer is a licensed structural engineer with Degenkolb Engineers in Seattle, Washington. He is an active member of TMS, which produces TMS-402, the new-design standard for masonry structures. He serves on the Masonry Issues Team of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) committee ASCE 41-17 on Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings, where he led a case study on the reinforced masonry provisions. Sommer holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Seattle University.

EARN AND LEARN
Attendees who are engineers are eligible to earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar, code officials are eligible to earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and architects are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) CEU. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND
Sign up now to attend the free “Seismic Design of Masonry with the 2015 NEHRP Provisions” webinar on August 25. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

Don’t Miss the Chance to Present at BEST5, Deadline August 1

News & Press - July 24, 2017 - 11:10am

Abstracts for the April 2018 Conference Are Due August 1

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia invite you to submit abstracts for papers by August 1, for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 16 – 18, 2018, at the historic Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The BEST5 technical program will feature both technical conference papers and “presentation only” submissions. The “presentation only” sessions do require an abstract to be submitted and professionally reviewed. From the submissions received, the BEST5 Technical Committee will select approximately 60 abstracts related to building science research, design or practice for conference papers and presentations, panel presentations and poster presentations.

During the three-day Conference, researchers and practitioners will share knowledge and lessons learned concerning the science and art of the building enclosure. BEST5 will consist of concurrent technical sessions, plenary addresses, a BECx workshop and special programs highlighting Philadelphia’s building technology heritage. The Conference also will feature an exhibit hall with opportunities for one-on-one discussions with industry vendors of state-of-the-art building industry products and services.

Submit an abstract.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Stubbs, Program Director, sstubbs@nibs.org

Next BSSC Webinar Will Look at New Ground Motion Requirements of ASCE 7-16

News & Press - July 13, 2017 - 9:41am

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host a special webinar to address the newest ground motion requirements of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) standard, ASCE 7-16: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinar, “New Site-Specific Ground Motion Requirements of ASCE 7-16,” is scheduled for Friday, July 28, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The presenter, Dr. Charles A. Kircher, is a member of the BSSC Provisions Update Committee (PUC) and BSSC Project 17 Committee, as well as the ASCE 7 Seismic Subcommittee. He will talk about how the new site-specific design requirements were developed to address an identified shortcoming in the method for buildings on softer sites.

Previously, the equivalent lateral force (ELF) and modal response spectrum analysis (MRSA) seismic design procedures related to the use of only two response periods, Time period (T) = 0.2 seconds (s) and T = 1.0 s, to define seismic design forces in the domains of constant acceleration and constant velocity, respectively. Although approximate, the domains of constant acceleration and velocity provide a reasonably accurate and conservative representation for response at stiffer sites governed by smaller magnitude earthquakes, but are generally inaccurate and un-conservative at softer sites (e.g., Site Classes D and E), in particular, sites for which the seismic hazard is dominated by large magnitude earthquakes. Exceptions to the new site-specific design requirements permit ELF and MRSA design using values of seismic design parameters increased by as much as 50 percent to avoid potential underestimation of design earthquake ground motions.

Dr. Kircher is a registered professional engineer with more than 35 years of experience in earthquake engineering, focusing on vulnerability assessment, risk analysis and innovative design solutions, as well as seismic code development. As Principal of Kircher & Associates, he provides consulting services to a variety of clients that includes commercial and industrial businesses; military and government organizations; and other engineering companies. He holds B.S., M.S., Engineer and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. In addition to his work on PUC, Project 17 and ASCE 7, Dr. Kircher is a Fellow of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), an Honorary Member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and long-standing participant in SEAONC activities. He has served on the SEAONC Board of Directors, chaired the Seismology Committee and Base Isolation Subcommittee, served on the Seismology Ground Motion Subcommittee and coauthored the 1990 Blue Book, Tentative General Requirements for the Design and Construction of Seismic-Isolated Structures, Appendix 1L.

EARN AND LEARN
Attendees who are engineers are eligible to earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar, code officials are eligible to earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and architects are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) CEU. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND
Sign up now to attend the free “New Site-Specific Ground Motion Requirements of ASCE 7-16” webinar on July 28. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

Spotlight a Cutting-Edge Project that Goes Beyond Green™

News & Press - July 11, 2017 - 4:32pm

Across the United States, designers, builders, owners, government agencies, manufacturers and others are going beyond the status quo to achieve high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. Now is the time to show off advancements and gain recognition for those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. Enter those cutting-edge projects and activities for a chance to win a National Institute of Building Sciences 2017 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Award.

The Beyond Green™ Awards distinguish those projects and activities that best demonstrate the eight high-performance attributes: sustainability, accessibility, aesthetics, cost effectiveness, functionality, productivity, historical sensitivity, and safety and security (resilience). The nomination categories include: High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities.

The Beyond Green™ Awards jury will review all of the entries received by the October 31, 2017, deadline, and make their final selections. The Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building & Community Award winners will be invited to present their projects and receive their awards at a special Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, to be held during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo, the week of January 8-11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. At the awards presentation, winners will have an opportunity to share their project results directly with leaders from across the building industry, and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced on their high-performance projects.

The winning selections will appear as case studies on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® website. Additional recognition will include an announcement in the Institute’s newsletter, a plaque and potential inclusion in future Institute technical guidelines and publications.

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards is Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Take this opportunity to recognize a deserving high-performance project. Submit an entry today!

IAPMO to Serve as Building Innovation 2018 Technical Programs Sponsor

News & Press - June 23, 2017 - 12:11pm

With planning underway for Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, the Institute welcomes the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) as the returning Technical Programs Sponsor. This is the third straight year that IAPMO has taken the role.

Building Innovation 2018, to be held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., is the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. The Conference Planning Team currently is working to put together the technical program for the event, which will explore strategies to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure.

During the Conference’s four days of content-rich programs and events, IAPMO will receive recognition for its support as Technical Programs Sponsor through prominent signage, podium acknowledgements, logo placements, web links, program listings, publicity and advertisements. IAPMO is a Sustaining Organization Member of the Institute and its representatives participate in leadership roles on a number of Institute councils and committees.

Join IAPMO in supporting the building environment and the Institute’s mission. Sponsor, exhibit and advertise to reach the broadest industry audience at Building Innovation 2018. There are a number of affordable options available to build recognition, gain exposure and make a lasting impression for products, services, programs and technologies with the Building Innovation 2018 attendees.

Download the prospectus.

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International Code Council to Be Top Sponsor for Building Innovation 2018

News & Press - June 22, 2017 - 3:57pm

The International Code Council (ICC) has renewed its commitment to serve as the Conference Sponsor for Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. To be held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., Building Innovation 2018 will unite representatives from across the industry to discuss strategies and seek solutions to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure.

A Sustaining Organization Member of the Institute, ICC participates in leadership roles on a number of Institute councils and committees and ICC members serve on the Institute Board of Directors. Since the Institute’s founding more than four decades ago, ICC and the Institute have collaborated on numerous projects to improve the safety of U.S. communities. This is the third year in a row that the ICC has taken the lead sponsorship role in the Building Innovation Conference series.

Building Innovation 2018 gives building professionals from across the industry the chance to witness the Institute’s impact on the industry; interact with industry experts and innovators; gain a wealth of information through educational programs; earn continuing education units; and share their expertise and experiences.

As top sponsor, ICC will be featured throughout the Conference venue and on the Exhibit Hall floor. There are many other opportunities for sponsorships and exhibit spaces during Building Innovation 2018. Companies interested in showing their support for the Institute and the building community can reserve a sponsorship and/or exhibitor space online.

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Institute Issues Recommendations to the 45th President

News & Press - June 16, 2017 - 10:26am

Highlights Key Building-Related Concerns

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1974, the National Institute of Building Sciences has, from its beginnings, served as an authoritative source of information on building science and technology. More than four decades since its founding, this non-profit, non-governmental organization still brings the public and private sectors together to find solutions to make buildings better, safer, more economical places to live, work, play and learn.

With those concerns in mind, the Institute sent a number of building-related recommendations to the Trump Administration today.

The over-arching priorities are to:

  • Make Buildings More Resilient to Natural Disasters
  • Protect Federal Investments
  • Facilitate Government’s Relationship with the Private Sector
  • Support Businesses and Homeowners
  • Establish and Maintain a Skilled Workforce

The Institute offers a number of actions that the Trump Administration; federal agencies; state and local governments; and the building industry can take to achieve safer, high-performance buildings and communities that will save the government, businesses, building owners and families money in the long term.

From seismic safety to building information modeling, members of the Institute’s Councils and Committees—among them some of the most renowned experts in their respective fields—address a wide range of building-related issues. Over the course of its 43-year history, the Institute has offered presidents, the U.S. Congress and federal agencies input, testimonies and recommendations on a host of building topics. The Institute continues to remain a non-partisan authoritative source for the federal government and the nation’s building industry.

Download the Recommendations.

Two-Day Countdown Until Building Innovation 2018 Abstracts Due

News & Press - June 14, 2017 - 3:15pm

Deadline Is This Friday, June 16

Time is running out to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. The deadline is this Friday, June 16, to participate in the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. Building Innovation 2018, which will explore strategies to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure, is scheduled for January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The Institute’s Conference Planning Team invites industry professionals to present during the four-day Conference. Industry leaders with valuable insights, case studies, best practices, lessons learned and/or remaining challenges are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the broad audience of building industry stakeholders.

Speakers should plan for their presentations to run 20 to 30 minutes in length, with an additional 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A. Sessions will be organized into either two-person, 90-minute sessions or three-person, 90-minute panels, depending on the topic and time available. Speakers may submit an abstract for an individual presentation or multi-person panel. Panels should represent varied perspectives or industry viewpoints. The Institute reserves the right to organize panels as needed.

Interested parties should submit a 200-word abstract, a 150-word biography, learning objectives and five keywords describing their presentation via the online application. Promotional presentations on products or services will not be considered. Abstracts are due Friday, June 16.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 14. They will receive a complimentary registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50% discount on full registration. Find out more information on Building Innovation 2018.

Be there to present where Science meets Design. Submit your abstract via the online form before the June 16 deadline.

July 7 BSSC Webinar on Wood Light-Frame Construction

News & Press - June 13, 2017 - 10:30am

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the fifth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Wood Light-Frame Buildings,” will be held Friday, July 7, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The webinar series highlights the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials.

This webinar will provide an introduction to the design of seismic force-resisting systems in wood light-frame buildings, intended to complement the wood design problems in Chapter 14 of FEMA P-1051. Presenter Kelly Cobeen, a member of BSSC’s Provisions Update Committee (PUC) and chair of PUC Issue Team 9: Rigid Wall Flexible Diaphragm and Alternate Provisions for Diaphragm Design, will introduce wood light-frame terminology, design and construction; shear wall concepts and example design calculations; diaphragm concepts and example design calculations; and discuss special seismic provisions for anchorage of concrete and masonry walls.

Cobeen is an associate principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in their San Francisco office, and is a registered civil and structural engineer. Her work experience includes a wide range of project types, sizes and construction materials, with a special interest in seismic resistance of light-frame construction. She has been involved in numerous code development, research and educational activities, including updates to the NEHRP Recommended Provisions; the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures; numerous Applied Technology Council publications; and International Building Code and International Residential Code development. Cobeen is coauthor of the Design of Wood Structures textbook.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees who are engineers are eligible to earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar, code officials are eligible to earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and architects are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) CEU. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Wood Light-Frame Buildings” webinar on July 7. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

BEST5 Technical Committee Extends Call for Abstracts

News & Press - June 12, 2017 - 10:09am

Building Enclosure Submissions Due by August 1

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are extending the deadline to submit abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 16 – 18, 2018 at the historic Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Abstracts are due August 1, 2017.

From the submissions received, the BEST5 Technical Committee will select approximately 60 abstracts related to building science research, design or practice for conference papers and presentations, panel presentations and poster presentations.

Topics to be considered include:

  • Quality Management and Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx)
  • Fenestration
  • Building Enclosure Assemblies
  • Solar Applications
  • Sustainability
  • Fire-Related Topics
  • New Materials and Systems
  • Building Retrofits
  • Case Studies
  • Whole Building Simulations and Verification
  • Sealants and Barriers
  • Building Dynamics and Controls
  • Thermal Insulation, Acoustical Materials and Radiant Technology
  • Zero-Energy Buildings
  • High-Performance Buildings
  • Infiltration, Air Exchange and Indoor Air Quality
  • Design and Commissioning
  • Designing for Severe Climates
  • Large-Scale Testing

During the three-day Conference, researchers and practitioners will share knowledge and lessons learned concerning the science and art of the building enclosure. BEST5 will consist of concurrent technical sessions, plenary addresses, a BECx workshop and special programs highlighting Philadelphia’s building technology heritage. The Conference also will feature an exhibit hall with opportunities for one-on-one discussions with industry vendors of state-of-the-art building industry products and services.

The BEST5 technical program will feature both technical conference papers and “presentation only” submissions. The “presentation only” sessions do require an abstract to be submitted and professionally reviewed.

Technical papers and abstracts will be published on the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) portal and considered for publication in the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) or the Journal of Building Physics.

Abstracts are due no later than August 1, 2017. Submit an abstract.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Stubbs, Program Director, sstubbs@nibs.org

 

One Week Left to Submit an Abstract to Present at Building Innovation 2018

News & Press - June 9, 2017 - 10:41am

Online Submission Forms Are Due Friday, June 16

Potential presenters, there is only week left to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. Building Innovation 2018, which will explore strategies to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure, takes place January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The Institute’s Conference Planning Team invites industry professionals to present during the four-day Conference. Industry leaders with valuable insights, case studies, best practices, lessons learned and/or remaining challenges are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the broad audience of building industry stakeholders.

Speakers should plan for their presentations to run 20 to 30 minutes in length with an additional 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A. Sessions will be organized into either two-person, 90-minute sessions or three-person, 90-minute panels, depending on the topic and time available. Speakers may submit an abstract for an individual presentation or multi-person panel. Panels should represent varied perspectives or industry viewpoints. The Institute reserves the right to organize panels as needed.

Interested parties should submit a 200-word abstract, a 150-word biography, learning objectives and five keywords describing their presentation via the online application. Promotional presentations on products or services will not be considered. Abstracts are due Friday, June 16.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 14. They will receive a complimentary registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50% discount on full registration. Find out more information on Building Innovation 2018.

Be there to present where Science meets Design. Submit your abstract via the online form before the June 16 deadline.

Consultative Council to Host Briefing During High Performance Building Week

News & Press - June 1, 2017 - 4:27pm

Will Highlight Its Findings, Recommendations to Improve Built Environment

The National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council will host a briefing during High Performance Building Week to highlight its 2016 Moving Forward Report. The Congressional luncheon briefing, “Achieving a High-Performance Built Environment: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council,” will be held Tuesday, June 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cannon House Office Building, Room 122, in Washington, D.C.

Each year, the Consultative Council brings together key stakeholders from across the industry to examine the challenges and opportunities before both the industry and the nation. This briefing will provide insight from the Council’s 2016 report and focus on assuring a strong building industry workforce and the effective utilization of limited water resources. RSVP for the event.

High-performance buildings play a central role in solving some of the nation’s most pressing challenges. The High Performance Building Coalition works with members of Congress during High Performance Building Week—to be held June 5-9, 2017—and throughout the year to expand awareness of the importance of high-performance buildings.

“High-Performance Building Week is a time when the industry can come together with a unified voice to raise awareness of policy initiatives, organizational priorities and cutting-edge innovations that drive the construction and building industry throughout the country,” Dain Hansen, chair of the High Performance Building Coalition and senior vice president, government affairs at the IAPMO Group, said. “This year we have a full slate of briefings, receptions and a congressional lobby day to unveil the broadly supported policy and appropriation priorities for the industry. Buildings play a vital role as a part of America’s infrastructure, and Congress and the White House need to hear from our community in making sound policy.”

The theme of High Performance Building Week 2017 will focus on The Critical Role Buildings Play in America’s Infrastructure.

The Consultative Council’s briefing is just one of a number of events scheduled for High Performance Building Week. View the full list of events.

The National Institute of Building Sciences participates in High Performance Building Coalition activities and a number of Consultative Council members are also Coalition members. The High Performance Building Coalition provides guidance and support to the High Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress. The Coalition supports legislation and policies that protect life and property; promote innovative building technologies; enhance U.S. economic competitiveness; increase energy and water efficiency in the built-environment; advance sustainable and resilient communities; and support the development of private-sector standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns. More information can be found at www.hpbccc.org.

RSVP for High Performance Building Week events.

One Week Left before BSSC Webinar on Composite Steel and Concrete Structures

News & Press - May 26, 2017 - 10:32am

There is still time to register for the fourth webinar in the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) 2017 series. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinars highlight the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials. The next BSSC webinar, “Seismic Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, June 2, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

Composite steel and concrete lateral force resisting systems are not commonly used as the primary lateral force-resisting system in regions of high seismicity. Presenter Robert G. Pekelnicky, PE, a member of BSSC’s Provisions Update Committee and chair of the BSSC Project 17 Committee’s Acceptable Risk Work Group, will discuss one particular type of composite steel and concrete lateral force resisting system—the composite partially restrained moment frame (C-PRMF). The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures permits the use of this system in Seismic Design Categories A through D. The moment frame is created by using the composite floor slab and a seat angle attaching the bottom of the steel beam to the steel column. As part of the presentation, Pekelnicky will show a worked example of this system.

A principal of Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco, Pekelnicky specializes in making community and business infrastructure resilient against earthquakes, explosions and other hazards. He has applied his multihazard mitigation knowledge to various projects for government, high technology and healthcare clients. His career has focused on taking new, innovative structural engineering concepts from research and applying them to practice to better meet clients’ needs.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees who are engineers are eligible to earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar, code officials are eligible to earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and architects are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) CEU. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Seismic Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures” webinar on June 2. Space is limited to 100 participants, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

Institute Calls for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2018

News & Press - May 15, 2017 - 12:45pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences is gearing up to deliver the sixth iteration of the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo will take place January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The goal for the Conference is to explore strategies to Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. With preparations underway, the Institute’s Conference Planning Team is reaching out to Institute council and committee members and inviting industry professionals to present during the four-day Conference. Industry leaders with valuable insights, case studies, best practices, lessons learned and/or remaining challenges are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the broad audience of building industry stakeholders.

Speakers should plan for their presentations to run 20 to 30 minutes in length with an additional 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A. Sessions will be organized into either two-person, 90-minute sessions or three-person, 90-minute panels, depending on the topic and time available. Speakers may submit an abstract for an individual presentation or multi-person panel. Panels should represent varied perspectives or industry viewpoints. The Institute reserves the right to organize panels as needed.

Interested parties should submit a 200-word abstract, a 150-word biography, four learning objectives and five keywords describing their presentation via the online application. Promotional presentations on products or services will not be considered. Abstracts are due Friday, June 16.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 6. They will receive a complimentary registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50% discount on full registration. For more information on Building Innovation 2018, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2018.

Be there to present where Science meets Design. Submit your abstract via the online form before the June 16 deadline.

Composite Steel, Concrete Structures Focus of June BSSC Webinar

News & Press - May 10, 2017 - 5:23pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the fourth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, June 2, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The BSSC webinar series highlights the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials.

Composite steel and concrete lateral force resisting systems are not commonly used as the primary lateral force-resisting system in regions of high seismicity. Presenter Robert G. Pekelnicky, PE, a member of BSSC’s Provisions Update Committee and chair of the BSSC Project 17 Committee’s Acceptable Risk Work Group, will discuss one particular type of composite steel and concrete lateral force resisting system—the composite partially restrained moment frame (C-PRMF). The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures permits the use of this system in Seismic Design Categories A through D. The moment frame is created by using the composite floor slab and a seat angle attaching the bottom of the steel beam to the steel column. As part of the presentation, Pekelnicky will show a worked example of this system.

A principal of Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco, Pekelnicky specializes in making community and business infrastructure resilient against earthquakes, explosions and other hazards. He has applied his multihazard mitigation knowledge to various projects for government, high technology and healthcare clients. His career has focused on taking new, innovative structural engineering concepts from research and applying them to practice to better meet clients’ needs.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees who are engineers are eligible to earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar, code officials are eligible to earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and architects are eligible to earn one health/safety/welfare (HSW) CEU. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Seismic Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures” webinar on June 2. Space is limited to 100 participants, so don’t wait. Register today!

Want to see what other topics BSSC has arranged for the 2017 webinar series?

View the schedule.

National Institute of Building Sciences Becomes ICC Preferred Provider

News & Press - May 9, 2017 - 3:41pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences has earned recognition as a Preferred Education Provider by the International Code Council (ICC).

As an authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment, the Institute offers many continuing education opportunities for code officials and other members of the building industry to expand their awareness of the latest technologies and cutting-edge resources relating to the building sciences. By becoming an ICC Preferred Education Provider, the Institute can now offer the nation’s building safety professionals, among them more than 40,000 ICC-certified individuals, an opportunity to attend approved Institute courses and earn credit for their continuing education.

From seismic safety and multihazard mitigation to sustainable buildings and off-site construction, the National Institute of Building Sciences works on a wide array of topics to improve the safety and performance of buildings. Code officials are active in many Institute activities, serve on the Institute’s Board of Directors and participate on various councils, committees and projects. As an ICC Preferred Provider, the Institute will now be able to provide building safety professionals with credit for participating in approved education programs relating to such topics.

Learn more about the ICC Preferred Provider Program.

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