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Green to Retire from National Institute of Building Sciences

News & Press - May 18, 2018 - 12:25pm

Institute Board Begins Search for New President

After nearly a decade of leading the organization, National Institute of Building Sciences President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, has announced his plan to retire. The Institute Board of Directors is initiating a search to hire Green’s successor, with the expectation that the new leader will transition on to staff at the end of 2018.

A nationally recognized leader of top industry organizations, Green joined the Institute staff in August of 2008 as the Institute’s fourth president. Before becoming president, Green held a variety of volunteer positions at the Institute, including chair of the Building Seismic Safety Council, and served on the Institute Board of Directors for eight years, completing a term as chairman in 2003. Prior to his appointment at the Institute, Green worked for nearly 20 years as executive director of the Bureau of Construction Codes in the Michigan Department of Labor. He served on the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) Board of Directors for 10 years, holding the position of president in 1997. A founding member of the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors, he completed a term as president in 2006.

Over his tenure at the National Institute of Building Sciences, Green reinvigorated the Consultative Council; worked to expand collaboration across the building industry; initiated a number of new Institute councils and committees; and restarted the Institute’s own independent conference.

Authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1974, the National Institute of Building Sciences is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings the public and private sectors together to address and resolve issues to improve the safety, performance and resilience of the built environment. Its role is unlike any other organization in the United States.

“My time spent here at the National Institute of Building Sciences has been very rewarding,” said Green. “It fulfills one of my long-held beliefs that we all can make a difference in the building industry and the Institute gave me that opportunity. I wish my successor all the best in continuing the important work of this unique organization.”

The Institute Board of Directors is drawing on the steps in its succession plan to guide the process of selecting a new president and CEO. The Board has formed a search committee to oversee the process and retained an executive search firm, Vetted Solutions, to coordinate the search. The search is underway. See information about the search.

“The National Institute of Building Sciences Board recognizes how important the position of president is to the long-term health of the organization,” said Board Chairman Joseph Donovan. “We will provide updates as the search proceeds and look forward to announcing the appointment of a new president in the coming months that will have the qualities to lead the Institute to future success.”

Off-Site Construction Council Posts New Implementation Resources

News & Press - May 9, 2018 - 2:27pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) has three new implementation resources available to help industry professionals better understand and use off-site construction methods. The resources, which are based on webinars hosted over the past two years, are free and downloadable to the public.

These new resources include:

Getting the Most Out of Off-Site Construction: Steps for Success
Off-site construction offers project stakeholders a number of benefits. This resource provides a step-by-step approach to help overcome barriers and outlines the process for the deployment of an effective off-site construction project. The content is based on a two-part webinar hosted by the Modular Building Institute and the OSCC in June and August 2016, “Getting the Most out of Off-Site Construction (Part 1 and 2).”

Using Precast Concrete as an Off-Site Construction Strategy
This resource looks at the reduction in the number of trade-to-trade coordination points on-site; addresses quality control at the plant and referenced standards and certifications; considers the impact to the construction schedules; and offers case studies, including the challenges of the project and reason for choosing off-site construction methods. The content is based on a webinar hosted by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and the OSCC in July 2016, “Precast Concrete Off-Site Construction: Techniques and Case Studies.”

The Rise of Modular Construction: Emerging Commercial and Legal Considerations
This resource considers some of the perceived challenges to effectively utilizing off-site construction methods, such as the application of building codes; licensing and permitting requirements; whether to treat the fabricator as a subcontractor or supplier; how long to maintain project records; lien and prompt payment statutes; and insurance twists. The content is based on a webinar hosted by the Associated General Contractors of America and the OSCC in November 2016, “The Rise of Modular Construction: Emerging Commercial & Legal Issues.”

To view the webinars, learn more about Off-Site Construction Council and get involved in related activities, visit the OSCC web page. To access theses and other off-site construction resources visit the OSCC resources page.

The National Institute of Building Sciences Requests Your Input

News & Press - March 16, 2018 - 4:02pm

Greetings,

The National Institute of Building Sciences is dedicated to supporting advances in building science and technology to improve the built environment. The Institute is conducting a survey to better understand your perceptions and experiences with the Institute’s programs and services. Your input is essential as we explore opportunities to ensure the Institute is well-positioned to provide the latest research and a forum for crafting solutions for the issues that affect the built environment today and into the future.

Within the next couple days, you will receive an email from McKinley Advisors, our partner in this research initiative, inviting you to participate in the survey. Please note that individual responses will be kept confidential, and we encourage you to provide your candid feedback. All respondents who complete the survey will have the opportunity to opt in to a drawing to win registration and three nights' hotel accommodations for Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo (January 7-10, 2019, in Washington, D.C.) in appreciation of your time.

Thank you in advance for your participation in support of the Institute. If you have any questions about this research effort, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Sincerely,

Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA
President

The USA Science & Engineering Festival Takes Building Sciences to the Next Generation

News & Press - March 15, 2018 - 12:08pm

Visit the National Institute of Building Sciences to Take a Virtual Tour of Mars City

Building science can take you from landscapes to skyscrapers, from virtual design to hands-on construction, from sustainability to resilience, from vision to reality, and, in the case of the National Institute of Building Sciences, it can take you on a walk through a virtual base on Mars. Visit the Building Sciences Pavilion at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, April 7-8, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and see all the science-related possibilities that exist in the building industry…on Earth and in space. The event is free and open to the public.

Designed to inspire the next generation of inventors, creators and innovators, the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo is a free, family-friendly expo that allows kids and adults to participate in thousands of exhibits, experiments and stage shows.

Stop by to see the National Institute of Building Sciences at Booth #1260 and take a virtual walk through Mars City. Tour the research facility, sleeping rooms, bathrooms, food production station, manufacturing area and even the Mars Rover garage, all by wearing three-dimensional (3D) oculus rift goggles and virtually walking through the Mars City building information model (BIM).

The exhibit, which is geared toward introducing middle school and high school students to the building sciences, is part of the Mars City Facility Operations (Ops) Challenge, which puts students in charge of operating the Mars City base. The Institute’s booth is just one of more than a dozen booths in the Festival’s Building Science Pavilion, all highlighting career opportunities in the building sciences.

Many people in the building industry are concerned about whether a robust and qualified science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce will continue to be available as the current baby boom generation retires. Recognizing the growing need for an engaged and knowledgeable buildings workforce, the National Institute of Building Sciences worked with Festival organizers and building industry organizations to develop the Building Sciences Pavilion to highlight the exciting opportunities within the buildings industry.

The grand finale of the Festival’s year-long science celebration, the Festival Expo will be open Saturday, April 7, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 8, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Filling the entire Washington Convention Center, the Festival Expo features over 3,000 hands-on activities showcasing how STEM Can Take You into the deep blue, into cyberspace, inside the human body, into nature, into buildings, into outer space and beyond! In all, the Festival expects to draw more than 350,000 people.

Be sure to check out other members of the Building Sciences Pavilion on your visit. See the list of Building Sciences Pavilion Participants.

Bring the kids and celebrate science with some of the biggest names in STEM. The event is free of charge and includes hands-on science and engineering activities for people of all ages. To learn more and register in advance, visit USAScienceFestival.org.

Follow us on Twitter at @NIBS_News and @VisitMarsCity, and track all the building-related activity at the Festival at #BuildingSciencesPavilion and #BuildingWithScience.

There Is Only a Week Left until NFMT in Baltimore

News & Press - March 13, 2018 - 11:20am

Institute Members Register for Free!

Attend the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference & Expo (NFMT) 2018, to be held March 20-22, at the Baltimore Convention Center, and discover how to improve the performance of your buildings while reducing waste and conserving energy and resources.

Choose from a robust conference agenda with more than 125 educational sessions and customize your NFMT facilities management training schedule to match your exact needs. If you are responsible for the management, operations or maintenance of facilities, there is a session right for you. While at NFMT, learn about National Institute of Building Sciences activities and strategies relating to the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) and the Whole Building Design Guide® (WBDG). And don’t miss the chance to hear the past chair of the FMOC present a session on designing for maintainability.

Tuesday, March 20, 2:00 PM (Room 331)
Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee
Be sure to attend the FMOC meeting to learn more about the FMOC. You are invited to share your knowledge and passion for excellence in facilities management with like-minded professionals as members of the FMOC discuss opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing, publications and outreach, as well as the new objectives of the committee: to increase maintenance and operations influence in the facility acquisition process; to promote the sharing and integration of facilities maintenance and operations procedures and information; and to identify and disseminate best practices for the maintenance and operations of facilities.

Tuesday, March 20, 11:00 AM (Room 343)
Resiliency: A Whole Building Perspective (T3.43)
Presented by Bob Payn
Director of Information Technology, National Institute of Building Sciences
This session will explore aspects of resilience management from a whole-building perspective, using a definition of resilience that incorporates using four components—robustness, resourcefulness, recovery and redundancy. Payn will discuss the approaches of various Institute resources that are available, including the WBDG, which in the fall of 2017 revamped its Resiliency resource pages based on the American Institute of Architects’ newly published Architectural Graphic Standards. His presentation will emphasize how to tap into these to bolster a creation of strategies to make new and existing buildings more responsive to the “4 Rs” of resilience.

Wednesday, March 21, 3:10 PM (Room 339)
Improving O&M with Design for Maintainability (W4:39)
Presented by Darrell X. Rounds, FMA®, C.E.M.
Manager, Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Sustainable Workplaces, General Motors Company
National Institute of Building Sciences Board Member
Immediate Past Chair of the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee

Accounting for as much as 80 percent of a building's life-cycle costs, operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses often reach three times a building's initial construction costs. But what if those costs could be alleviated – and performance optimized – by encouraging facility professionals to provide input during the design phase of the project? Attend Rounds’ session to learn about Design for Maintainability, a methodology that links O&M goals to the design process, and how it can be applied to any organization.

Visit Us at the Expo
Hundreds of the nation’s most innovative top-tier companies will showcase their products and services in the largest expo hall for facilities professionals. Be sure to stop by the National Institute of Building Sciences display at Booth 409 to learn more about the FMOC, WBDG, the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and other Institute resources available to the FM community.

Download the NFMT Conference Guide
Download the NFMT digital Conference Brochure. It includes the schedule at-a-glance, descriptions of more than 125 free educational sessions, hotel details, an exhibitor listing, networking events and much more. 

Register Now for Free
The education sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hall at NFMT are all free to Institute members if you register in advance. No priority code is needed. Register today.

BEST5 Conference Schedule Now Available

News & Press - March 12, 2018 - 2:29pm

Continuing Education, Workshops, Tours and More

The waiting is nearly over to attend the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST5), April 16-18, 2018, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With the BEST5 Conference Program now in place, attendees can start planning their preferred schedule from the three days of sessions highlighting in-depth research and applications on the science and art of the building enclosure.

Organized by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC), along with local host, the Building Enclosure Council—Philadelphia (BEC-Philly), BEST5 will focus on Looking Back – Moving Forward: Where History Inspires Innovation.

Attendees can choose from a total of 52 presentations running in concurrent sessions over the course of the three days; tour the conference venue, the historic Loews Philadelphia Hotel (known formerly as the PSFS Building, the first International Style skyscraper in the United States); start working towards earning an ASTM/National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) certificate by participating in three two-hour pilot modules; mingle with fellow professionals during three breakfasts, three lunches, a dinner and a reception; and visit the expo hall to find out about the latest products available to help meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Both the BEST5 Conference Program and the BECx Modules have been approved for continuing education units (CEUs) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Concurrent technical sessions under the BEST5 Conference Program provide up to 16 learning units (LUs), which are health, safety and welfare (HSW) hours. And, the three optional BECx Modules have each been approved for 2 LUs/HSW each. Attendees can earn up to 16 CEUs through technical sessions only or by combining technical sessions with the BECx Modules.

It’s the final countdown to Philly, with just a little more than a month to go. Start planning your trip. Check out the full Conference Program

Not registered for BEST5 yet? Register now and save. Early-bird rates end this Thursday, March 15. Register before the deadline and save up to $100 off onsite registration.

Stay in a piece of history. The venue for BEST5 is the historic Loews Philadelphia Hotel, the nation’s first International Style skyscraper, located at 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107. The Loews Philadelphia is offering a special Conference rate of $189. But don’t wait! The rate ends by Monday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m. ET. To secure this rate and availability, make your reservations online or call 888-575-6397. Mention "BEST5" when making reservations. Come early and/or stay late. The discounted rate applies to 3 days pre- and post-meeting dates, based on availability.

Learn About Policies that Drive Energy Performance Outcomes

News & Press - February 26, 2018 - 10:21am

National Institute of Building Sciences to Present at CxEnergy 2018

The upcoming CxEnergy 2018 Conference & Expo, April 23-26 in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the place to be for the latest on building commissioning, energy management and building diagnostics. The National Institute of Building Sciences is a supporting organization of the Conference, which focuses on connecting service providers with building owners, facility managers and representatives of top commercial real estate, building maintenance and facility services companies.

On Thursday, April 26, Institute Vice President Ryan Colker, J.D. will present Driving to Outcomes: How Evolving Energy Performance Policies Impact the Building Process. In this session, Colker will examine what current and proposed outcome-based code provisions look like (including recent guidance that the Institute issued for cities interested in implementing such an approach) and how commissioning providers and others focused on energy performance can assist building owners in achieving outcome-based goals.

Representatives from CBRE, Caesars Entertainment, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, ICF, Stanford University, Cities of New York and Las Vegas, State of Utah and many others from the building owner/operator side will mix with the outstanding commissioning, energy management and testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) service providers that are the backbone of CxEnergy. More than 550 participants expected to attend.

Attendees will hear case studies and best practices on how to optimize building performance; extend the life cycle of vital heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and building systems; improve occupant control; and more. Over 40 companies in the Expo Hall will showcase software, instruments, controls and services for building, facility and measurement and verification (M&V) managers.

Attendee registration is now open. Members of the National Institute of Building Sciences receive 10% discount (use promo code “NIBS10”). The attendee registration includes access to 32 technical sessions, the Expo Hall, breakfast, lunch and two receptions. Register at www.CxEnergy.com.

CxEnergy 2018 is presented by the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) and the Energy Management Association (EMA). These organizations collectively represent over 600 companies that have nearly 2,000 personnel in the field carrying one of our energy management, commissioning or test and balance certifications. Supporting organizations include the National Institute of Building Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Nevada Chapter, Continental Automated Buildings Association, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and Navigant.

Institute Members: Get Three Days Free at NFMT

News & Press - February 22, 2018 - 3:19pm

Three full days of facility management (FM) education, speakers, networking with peers and a giant expo hall are available at no cost to National Institute of Building Sciences members and friends who attend the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference & Expo (NFMT) 2018, to be held March 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

With more than 125 free educational sessions to choose from, you can customize your NFMT facilities management training schedule to specifically address your essential topics of interest. If you are responsible for the management, operations or maintenance of facilities, there is a session for you.

While at NFMT, don’t miss the chance to learn about Institute activities and strategies relating to the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) and the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®.

Be sure to attend the FMOC meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 20 at 2:00 PM, in Room 333 to learn more about the FMOC. You are invited to share your knowledge and passion for excellence in facilities management with like-minded professionals as members of the FMOC discuss opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing, publications and outreach, as well as the new objectives of the committee: to increase maintenance and operations influence in the facility acquisition process; to promote the sharing and integration of facilities maintenance and operations procedures and information; and to identify and disseminate best practices for the maintenance and operations of facilities.

And don’t miss the session, Resiliency: A Whole Building Perspective, on Tuesday, March 20, 11:00 AM, Room 343, presented by the Institute’s Director of Information Technology, Bob Payn. This presentation will explore aspects of resilience management from a whole-building perspective, using a definition of resilience that incorporates using four components—robustness, resourcefulness, recovery and redundancy. Payn will discuss the approaches of various Institute resources that are available, including the WBDG, which in the Fall of 2017 revamped its Resiliency resource pages based on the American Institute of Architects’ newly published Architectural Graphic Standards. His presentation will emphasize how to tap into these to bolster creation of strategies to make new and existing buildings more responsive to the “4 Rs” of resilience.

Hundreds of the nation’s most innovative top-tier companies will showcase their products and services in the largest expo hall for facilities professionals.

Be sure to stop by the National Institute of Building Sciences display at Booth 409 to learn more about the FMOC, WBDG, the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and other Institute resources available to the FM community.

Download the NFMT Conference Guide
Download the NFMT digital Conference Brochure. It includes the schedule at-a-glance, descriptions of more than 125 free educational sessions, hotel details, an exhibitor listing, networking events and much more.

Register Now for Free
The education sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hall at NFMT are all free to Institute members. No priority code is needed. Register today!

One Week Left to Share How You Use Off-Site Construction in Your Work

News & Press - February 8, 2018 - 3:42pm

OSCC Survey Closes February 15

With more and more building professionals using off-site construction methods, the National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) wants to know how you are using off-site construction practices and methods in your commercial construction work.

The OSCC is taking a survey of architects, engineers, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, owners, developers and others in the building industry to gain a better understanding of how the use of off-site construction has changed throughout the industry in the past three years. A knowledge center on issues related to off-site construction and productivity in the commercial building sector, the Council surveyed the industry back in 2014, and wants to know if the benefits, such as highlighted schedule reductions, overall cost benefits, reduced defects and increased quality, have continued or expanded, and whether the challenges, such as late design changes, lack of collaboration and an adversarial climate for project delivery, have lessened over time. The OSCC will compile the results into a report of findings, and the answers will help OSCC develop tools and resources for industry. 

Please share your perspective. The survey, which includes 14 questions, should take about ten minutes to complete. The survey closes Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm ET, but no need to wait. Take the survey now.

NCBCS Looks at Pros, Cons of Jurisdictions Changing Length of Code Adoption Cycles

News & Press - February 7, 2018 - 4:29pm

White Paper Helps Explain Why a Consistent Cycle Is Important

Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences National Council on Building Codes and Standards (NCBCS) issued a new white paper, Benefits and Challenges of a Timely Code Adoption Cycle.

Many jurisdictions in the United States have put building codes and standards in place to protect their citizens. The U.S. Constitution delegates the authority to adopt and enforce building codes to state and local governments. Traditionally, the release of updated codes under the model code development process would trigger code adoption procedures at the state or local level, resulting in states and local jurisdictions adopting an updated code about every three years. In recent years, a number of states have sought to increase the time between code updates.

The primary purpose of codes and standards is to protect the health, safety and welfare of building occupants, while making communities more resilient and energy and water efficient. There are benefits and challenges to adopting codes at regular intervals that coincide with the update of the model codes.

In this white paper, the NCBCS provides a brief overview of the adoption cycle process and highlights both the concerns and the benefits of adopting current codes and standards.

It is important that jurisdictions consider all of these factors when making a decision to change the structure of their current code adoption process and use a balanced approach that considers the costs, benefits and long-term safety of their citizens, properties and communities.  

View the white paper, Benefits and Challenges of a Timely Code Adoption Cycle.

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