The National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes new members to its Board of Directors this January and says goodbye to retiring directors.
Charlie (Chuck) D. Curlin, Jr. PE, CEM, CPD; Russell Manning, PhD, LEED AP, CEFP, CRL; Daniel E. Nichols, PE, IAAI-FIT; and Dominic Sims, CBO, are the newest members of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.
Curlin is principal of Shultz Engineering Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. A registered professional engineer in 13 states, he works on business management, client relations, project management, mentoring and mechanical, plumbing and fire protection engineering projects at the firm. He has experience on a wide range of project types, from manufacturing facilities, biomedical laboratories and federal buildings to churches, hospitals, retail and multi-family housing units. An active participant of ASHRAE at both the regional and national levels, Curlin received ASHRAE?s Distinguished Service Award, Student Activities Achievement Award, Regional Award of Merit and Chapter Service Award. Curlin will serve a three-year term, representing professional engineers in the industry category.
Dr. Manning is the founding principal of Manning Consult, LLC and additionally serves as the virtual design and construction engineer for the Pennsylvania State University. He previously worked with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Health Agency (DHA) as the facilities chief of operations and asset visibility, managing the DOD military health system?s annual $1 billion sustainment, restoration and modernization program and enterprise-wide facilities asset visibility and analytics, supporting approximately 70 million gross square feet in over 2,300 buildings across 13 countries. Dr. Manning will serve a three-year term.
Dan Nichols is assistant director of fire/life safety for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad. He oversees the fire and life safety of the organization?s 2,800 square mile territory, annually moving over 86 million passengers throughout southeast New York and southwest Connecticut. He previously worked for New York?s Division of Building Standards and Codes as a fire protection engineer, where he led the state?s participation in the code and standard development processes of different standard developing organizations and allied building organizations. Nichols will serve a three-year term, representing infrastructure in the public interest category.
Dominic Sims, CBO, is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the International Code Council (ICC) where he is responsible for the overall activities and financial performance of the association, including its five subsidiaries. Prior to his work with ICC, Sims served as the CEO of the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) and helped guide the consolidation of the three regional code entities that formed the ICC. Sims has served on the boards of SBCCI, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and several other professional associations. Sims will serve a three-year term, representing standards organizations in the industry category.
In addition, Board member Paul R. Bertram, Jr., FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, GGP, of PRB Connect, and Anne M. Ellis, PE, FACI, FASCE, Anne Ellis, LLC were reelected to serve second terms. Bertram will represent material manufacturers in the industry category and Ellis will represent professional engineers in the public interest category.
Chairman Joseph Donovan, senior vice president at Beacon Capital Partners, and Vice Chair Carl Hedde, senior vice president (retired) at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., will serve another one-year term on the Executive Committee. Ellis joins the Executive Committee as treasurer and Thomas Izbicki, PE, FSFPE of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. as secretary.
The Institute?s Nominations Committee recommended the slate of officers, returning board members and new members, which the Board unanimously approved at their meeting in October. The officers and members were seated following the January 7 Board meeting during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo, held January 7-10, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
They all join presiding Board members Lane J. Beougher, FAIA, FCSI, LEED AP BD+C, Ohio Facilities Construction Commission; Brian E. Garbecki, PE, LEED AP, Gilbane Building Company; Timothy H. Haahs, PE, AIA, Timothy Haahs & Associates; Brian Larson, PE, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.; Susan A. Maxman, FAIA; Scott A. McDonald, City of Denton, Texas; Thomas H. Phoenix, PE, LEED AP, FASHRAE, Clark Patterson Lee; Donald L. Pratt, Construction Education & Consulting Services of Michigan, LLC; Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, General Motors Company; James ?Tim? T. Ryan, CBO, City of Overland Park, Kansas (retired); James Timberlake, FAIA, KieranTimberlake; and Mary B. Verner, MES, JD, Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Past President Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol (retired); Past Treasurer Cindy L. Davis, CBO, deputy director, Building and Fire Regulation Division at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development; Richard B. Hayter, PE, associate dean of engineering for external affairs at Kansas State University (retired); and Past Secretary Joy Marshall Ortiz, AIA, NCARB, president of The Marshall Group, all retired from the Board.
Consultative Council Releases Report at Building Innovation 2019
Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council released its 2018 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council, during its Annual Meeting, held as part of Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo.
The Consultative Council brings together representatives from leading organizations that represent all aspects of design, construction, operation and regulation to examine important issues before the industry. Each year, the Council develops a Moving Forward Report to examine some of these challenges and offer findings and recommendations on how to overcome them. The summarized report becomes part of the Institute?s Annual Report, which goes to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress.
In the 2018 report, the Consultative Council addresses ways to improve the performance of the nation?s existing building stock. The Council outlines efforts undertaken to date and the challenges that still remain. The report is intended to be a starting point for a much broader dialogue across the building industry and with policymakers, and offers a number of recommendations to move forward.
Existing buildings are a key asset to the nation. However, they can become a drag on communities and the economy if they no longer meet the needs of today?s society. Meanwhile, the needs of society are shifting. Policymakers, building tenants and owners are placing increased emphasis on the performance of buildings, including sustainability, health and resilience. The existing building stock must be prepared to respond.
There are over 5.6 million commercial buildings and 118 million housing units in the United States. The average age is 41.7 years old, but most are 15 years or older. The vast majority, both by number and square footage, are small (less than 50,000 square feet.)
When it comes to achieving high-performance buildings, existing buildings present a unique set of challenges. They are highly variable; no two are alike. There are limited opportunities for intervention to improve performance. Varying ownership models exist. Nearly 100,000 properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The electric grid infrastructure is in the process of transforming. In addition, policymakers and citizens have multiple high-performance goals for their communities.
The Council looked at ways to address these challenges, including:
The Consultative Council offers 11 recommendations in the report, among them:
Unveils New Logo at Building Innovation 2019
Today, during the Opening Keynote Breakfast at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, in Washington, D.C., the Institute revealed its refreshed logo and brand identity.
The revitalized brand is a result of extensive research and evaluation of the Institute?s unique role within the building design and construction industry. With the launch of the refreshed brand identity, the Institute is well positioned for the future.
Included in the revitalized brand identity is a new brand promise:
?Delivering solutions that positively impact the built environment by leading collaboration across the industry and advancing innovation in building science & technology.?
The Institute remains dedicated to unbiased research and thought leadership while preparing the industry for new paradigms. This brand promise aims to convey the Institute?s role in the industry, spearheading collaborative discussions by providing a forum for stakeholders to engage with one another. The Institute?s stakeholders have the opportunity to generate ideas and cross-disciplinary solutions to improve the built environment.
The new logo visually represents the Institute?s mission and values. The logo maintains the Institute colors and its architectural elements convey the Institute?s strong foundation, defining the organization and how it remains firmly rooted in the industry. The open, interconnected structure of the pillars represents the collaborative and inclusive nature of the Institute. The arches visually demonstrate how the Institute's work is interconnected with the standards of care used, linking its work with its mission and values.
The four arches are intended to represent the core areas of focus for the Institute:
The arches also tie into the four main areas of work the U.S. Congress entrusted to the Institute:
In addition, the Institute refined its tagline to be: Innovative Solutions for the Built Environment.
With its refreshed brand, the Institute will continue to serve the nation with a strengthened commitment to developing and implementing innovative solutions for the built environment.
Looks at Benefits that Can Be Achieved by Designing Buildings to Up-to-Date Codes
Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued the next report in its multi-year study on the benefits of investing in hazard mitigation. The Institute unveiled the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report during the Opening Keynote Breakfast held at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.
The 2018 Interim Report highlights the significant savings that result from implementing mitigation strategies in terms of safety, and the prevention of property loss and disruption of day-to-day life. The report is a compilation of the project team?s results to this point and includes the finding from the 2017 Interim Report, released in January 2018, and a second report, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure, released in October 2018.
For this part of the ongoing study, the Institute?s project team looked at the benefits of designing buildings to meet the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2018 International Building Code (IBC)?the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC)?versus the prior generation of codes represented by 1990-era design and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements. The project team found a national benefit of $11 for every $1 invested.
Based on the project team?s estimates, communities that consistently meet the latest editions of commonly adopted code requirements, culminating in the 2018 IRC and IBC, have added 30,000 new jobs to the construction-materials industry and an approximate .3% increase in utilization of domestically produced construction materials for each year of new construction (over what would have been if buildings were designed as they were in 1990).
The code-related mitigation strategies the project team studied demonstrated that:
The report determined that these benefits carry over to all building stakeholders, from developers, title holders and lenders, to tenants and communities.
In the 2017 Interim Report, released at this time last year, the Institute?s project team looked at the results of 23 years of federally funded mitigation grants provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and found mitigation funding can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation.
In the 2017 report, the project team also looked at scenarios that focus on designing new buildings to exceed provisions of the 2015 IBC and IRC and meeting the 2015 International Wildland Urban Interface Code, which demonstrated that investing in hazard mitigation measures to exceed select code requirements can save the nation $4 for every $1 spent.
The report released in October 2018 looked at case studies for utility and transportation infrastructure based on EDA grants and California projects. In further analysis, the project team found a national benefit of $4 for every $1 invested.
In 2005, the Institute released its original mitigation report, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities, which was funded by FEMA. That study determined FEMA mitigation grants to have a benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 4:1. One of the report?s key findings, ?For every $1 spent on mitigation, there is a $4 return of avoided losses in the future,? is often cited by Congress and the media.
As were the preceding reports, the 2018 Interim Report is an independent work, funded with the support of public- and private-organizations interested in expanding the understanding of the benefits of hazard mitigation. Sponsors for the study include FEMA, HUD, EDA, ICC, IBHS, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Funding is still needed to study the benefits of additional mitigation strategies.
To vet the methodology used and ensure the study?s accuracy, the Institute received input from renowned experts in resilience across all hazard types, including academia, non-profits, government agencies and the private sector. Experts were engaged to conduct the analyses and additional experts were invited to peer-review the results. Over 100 subject matter experts participated in the development and review of the study methodologies and findings.
A total of 205 participants from around the country responded to the 2018 survey. The respondents came from across the building industry, representing the diversity of stakeholders involved in the decision making and implementation of off-site construction. They included construction management and general contractors, engineers, trade contractors, architects and owners/developers.
Here are some of the key findings from the Report of the Results of 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey:
The OSCC plans to distribute more industry-based surveys to obtain additional data on the state of prefabrication in the construction sector.
Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo, to be held January 7-10, 2019, in Washington, D.C., is a great way to earn continuing education units (CEUs) while hearing from a diverse group of speakers.
This is the industry?s only all-inclusive event where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. With the theme of Optimizing for Tomorrow, the Conference will deliver educational content designed to engage the entire building community, cover a variety of concepts and present diverse perspectives during each session to stimulate creative ideas, present new approaches and develop workable solutions for the entire building industry. Building Innovation 2019 sessions have received approval for a total of 27 Learning Units (LUs) from the American Institute of Architects, many of which are Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) hours, as well as 27 contact hours from the International Code Council for a total of 2.7 CEUs. To receive credit, AIA and ICC members must provide their member numbers upon registration and be scanned for all sessions they attend.
Building Innovation 2019 Sessions include:
Be sure to attend Monday to get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending the council and committee meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast and the Wednesday FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast and Plenary Keynote Luncheon. During the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch and Exhibitors? Reception, attendees will see the latest industry technologies as exhibitors present in the Exhibit Hall. The Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green? Awards Wednesday evening during the Institute?s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet. And on Thursday, stay for the Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) Workshop to take two BECx certification modules.
View the full schedule of Building Innovation 2019 events.
Register to attend credit-building educational sessions with a Full-Conference or a One-Day Conference ticket or choose from event tickets to hear from one of the keynote speakers or attend the BECx Workshop. Select the Conference package that works best for you.
Just don?t wait too long to register. Online registration ends December 31, 2018. Save as much as $250 off onsite registration. Register now and save.
Students interested in attending Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., already receive a discounted price on registration. However, there?s a chance to attend the Conference for FREE as a volunteer.
This is the perfect opportunity for students interested in building industry-related careers to expand their construction knowledge and interact with some of the industry?s leading experts.
For four impactful days, Building Innovation 2019 is set to deliver an engaging program that will focus on Optimizing for Tomorrow. Plan to be there where Science meets Design? when industry professionals involved in planning, designing, procuring, constructing, operating, maintaining and retiring physical facilities will come together to develop solutions for the built environment.
In addition to taking advantage of educational sessions, volunteers can hear from industry leaders during keynote addresses; network with industry colleagues during social events; view the latest in industry products and services on the Exhibit Hall floor; gain inspiration from industry pioneers honored during two award ceremonies and sit in on working Council and Committee meetings to witness the Institute in action.
Conference sessions include:
Volunteers also are welcome to attend Monday to get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast and the Wednesday FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast and Plenary Keynote Luncheon. During the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch and Exhibitors? Reception, attendees will see the latest industry technologies as exhibitors present in the Exhibit Hall. The Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green? Awards during the Institute?s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet.
The student volunteers will serve as room monitors, scan badges and assist with other duties as needed. For their two-day time commitment (Tuesday and Wednesday), volunteers receive a full conference registration, including lunches, and will be provided time to attend sessions and keynote addresses.
Students interested in volunteering should email their name, university, major, professor and contact information to Gretchen Hesbacher at email@example.com, subject line: ?I want to volunteer.? Volunteer requests are due no later than Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
Please note, travel expenses and hotel accommodations are not included. If you need a hotel room, be sure to take advantage of our room block and the discounted rate at the Mandarin Oriental, which is providing a special conference rate of $175. Mention the "Building Innovation Conference & Expo" when making your reservations. Reserve your room by the extended deadline, Friday, December 14, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. ET, to secure this rate and availability. Make your reservation online or call (202) 787-6140.
Due to the time constraints, international students requiring a VISA will not be considered.
Not a student, but still interested in volunteering? Submit an email. Decisions will be made on an individual basis.
Two New Commissioning Modules to Be Presented
Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, January 7-10, 2019, has a compelling schedule of educational sessions, including a number of building enclosure design presentations. Building enclosure professionals who attend the Conference will want to take part in the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) meeting Monday, the sessions on building enclosure design Tuesday and Wednesday, then stay for the building enclosure commissioning (BECx) Workshop Thursday, January 10, all at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.
BETEC began developing a building enclosure commissioning (BECx) certification training program in 2015. Following three days of Conference events and education sessions, BETEC will host the latest two BECx Certificate Course Modules at the Thursday BECx Workshop. The new BECx Modules include the BECx Standards and Process Module and the BECx Lab Testing Module.
The Institute has long maintained that BECx is an important pathway to achieving high-performance buildings. The BECx training program is intended to help bring the building industry up to speed on enforced codes and rating systems and prepare professionals for taking the ASTM International exam for certification. Subject matter experts William Babbington, AIA, PE, Studio NYL; Andrea Delguidice, PE, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates; and Brian Neely, AIA, Gale Associates, will present the two new modules, which are based on source material developed by the late building enclosure expert Wagdy Anis, FAIA.
BECx Standards and Process
Thursday, January 10, 8:00 am ? 10:00 am
This module will provide an introduction to the BECx process and requirements outlined in the following documents: ASTM E2813: Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (the standard upon which this course is based); ASTM E2947: Standard Guide for Building Enclosure Commissioning; LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction; and the International Green Building Code. NIBS Guideline 3-2012: Building Enclosure Commissioning Process will also be discussed as it relates to ASTM E2947 and LEED v4. The program will include an overview of the requirements for the BECx process in each of these documents; discussion of potential challenges, as well as opportunities for implementing BECx within each of these standards.
BECx Lab Testing
Thursday, January 10, 10:15 am ? 12:15 pm
This module will introduce laboratory test standards and manufacturer testing that is used to set performance standards in project specifications. The process and requirements for project laboratory mock-up tests, including for structural, air leakage and water penetration, etc., will be reviewed. The program will explain the methodologies and rationales for specific tests required by ASTM International, National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). The presentation will cover manufacturer testing and performance laboratory mock-up testing, as well as specific protocols for testing.
With these two new modules, five modules are now complete as part of the full course. The first three modules of the planned 16-hour course were previewed earlier this year at the fifth BEST Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference (BEST5) in April. Participants will be able to earn an ASTM/NIBS BECx certificate by successfully passing an exam after completing all of the modules.
Come for Building Innovation 2019 to hear from building enclosure design professionals and other leading industry experts on a wide variety of topics focused on Optimizing for Tomorrow. Then stay for the BECx Workshops to continue the learning. Or choose to attend just the Workshops for only $75 each. Online registration ends December 31, 2018. See the full schedule of events. Register today!
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will complete the first-ever net-zero energy renovation of an existing commercial building in the District of Columbia in 2019, AGU?s Centennial. Janice Lachance, Esq., FASAE, AGU?s Executive Vice President, Strategic and Organizational Excellence, will provide an overview of the project as Keynote Speaker at the Plenary Luncheon, to be held 12:00 ? 1:30 pm, Wednesday, January 9, during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, in Washington, D.C.
Speaking to the Conference theme of Optimizing for Tomorrow, Lachance will explain how, by living its mission of science for the benefit of humanity, AGU made the decision to renovate its existing 62,000-square-foot headquarters building to be a showcase for real-world scientific advancement through innovative, sustainable technology.
AGU is an international society of Earth and space scientists dedicated to advancing science and ensuring a sustainable future. Recognizing that the aging building and infrastructure would require a major renovation after 20 years of service, AGU seized upon an opportunity to lead by example. In addition to creating a welcoming and collaborative space for its members, staff and the D.C. community that would facilitate the understanding of Earth and space science, the organization chose to design and engineer the modernization of the building to meet net-zero energy goals.
The project goes well beyond net-zero energy usage to create a culture of reuse and recycling by implementing other sustainability elements, including reclaiming stormwater to produce all the water needed for flushing low-flow toilets and on-site irrigation, reusing unique architectural elements, repurposing existing building materials, and the offsite recycling of demolition and construction debris. This commitment resulted in more than 5,000 used bricks being cleaned and reused to complete the building?s envelope and the terrazzo flooring and conference table surface being composed of old windows, broken bricks, sinks and toilets.
Lachance brings an extensive record of executive leadership accomplishments and board service in professional membership societies and government organizations to AGU, where her portfolio includes: AGU?s Centennial, International Programs, Finance, Human Resources, Information Services, the Executive Office, Governance and Leadership Development, the Project Management Office, and Affiliation and Engagement. In addition, she manages the building renovation.
Prior to her work in the not-for-profit sector, Lachance was nominated by President William Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Cabinet-ranked Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government?s independent human resources agency responsible for all policy and programs affecting the 2.1 million members of the nation?s civil service.
A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Lachance is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, member of the Board of Directors of the Wise Giving Alliance and Past President of the American Society for Public Administration.
In addition to Lachance?s plenary keynote, Building Innovation 2019 will include 18 educational sessions featuring 38 presentations by 60 expert speakers. The National Institute of Building Sciences is an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Provider and an International Code Council Preferred Education Provider.
On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast and the Wednesday FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast. During the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch and Exhibitors? Reception, attendees will see the latest industry technologies as exhibitors present in the Exhibit Hall. The Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green? Awards during the Institute?s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet.
Choose to join us for the Plenary Keynote Luncheon or for the full Conference. Online registration closes December 31, 2018. Save as much as $250 off onsite registration. Register now and save!
Secure your hotel room at the five-star Mandarin Oriental before it's too late. The Conference hotel, located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., provides a special discounted rate to Building Innovation 2019 attendees. Reserve your room for $175 before the deadline Friday, December 7, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Make your reservations online or call (202) 787-6140 and mention "Building Innovation Conference & Expo."
Eric Wilson, Deputy Director at the New York City Mayor?s Office of Resiliency, will serve as the Opening Keynote Speaker at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo. Addressing the Conference theme of Optimizing for Tomorrow, Wilson will speak during the Opening Keynote Breakfast on Tuesday, January 8, 8:00 am ? 10:00 am ET, in Washington, D.C.
New York City?s diverse building stock of over one million buildings is highly vulnerable to the hazards of a changing climate, including tidal and storm flooding in coastal neighborhoods, but also extreme heat, heavy precipitation and groundwater table rise throughout the city. While New York City?s Building Code facilitates physical resilience in new construction, the majority of the city?s buildings are approaching 100 years old. In his remarks, Wilson will share the context of New York City?s climate vulnerabilities, the work he and his colleagues in the Office of Resiliency are doing to address them and challenges in preparing buildings for coming climate hazards.
The Mayor?s Office of Resiliency leads the city?s efforts to ensure all New Yorkers stay safe and thrive in the face of the multiple and compound impacts of climate change today and into the future through science-based analysis, policy development, capacity building and robust engagement.
As a Deputy Director with the Office of Resiliency, Wilson manages climate adaptation programs in land use and buildings. He oversees a team of architects, urban planners and policy experts working to identify fiscally responsible and socially equitable approaches to the climate challenges facing New York City?s building stock and neighborhoods. Wilson and his team coordinate with individuals, households, communities and local, state and federal agencies to get ready for New York City?s climate vulnerabilities, including sea level rise, extreme heat and powerful storms.
Wilson joined the Mayor?s Office of Resiliency from 100 Resilient Cities, a program of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he managed relationships with 11 cities and staffed special initiatives such as the ReImagine Puerto Rico Commission following Hurricane Maria. His 15+ year career spans several New York City agencies, including the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, the Economic Development Corporation and the Department of City Planning. Wilson also has worked in the United Arab Emirates and Detroit.
Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Wilson holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Environmental Conservation and Plant Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In addition to Wilson?s opening keynote, Building Innovation 2019 will include 18 different educational sessions featuring 38 presentations by 60 expert speakers. The National Institute of Building Sciences is an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Provider and an International Code Council Preferred Education Provider.
On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Wednesday FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast and the Wednesday Plenary Keynote Luncheon. The Institute also will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green? Awards during the Institute?s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet Wednesday evening.
Choose to join us for the Opening Keynote Breakfast or for the full Conference. Online registration closes December 31, 2018. Save as much as $250 off onsite registration. Register now and save!
The National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.
The mission of the Institute is to serve the nation by supporting advances in building science and technology to improve the built environment. In her role as President, Woods will be responsible for leading the Institute?s dedicated team of professionals, enhancing its value and visibility and growing relationships with its members, clients, public agencies and partners. She will lead efforts to expand the organization?s programs and markets while growing and strengthening its membership base.
Woods brings extensive experience in association management, including strategic planning, team building and business development. She has served the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) since 2004, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, where she supervised a staff of 28 and oversaw a budget of $13 million, and previously as NAHB?s Vice President of Publishing and Affinity Programs for nearly 11 years. Prior to that, she held marketing and e-business roles of increasing importance and scope at the Associated General Contractors of America. Woods also is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Board of Directors.
?Lakisha?s strategic drive and her distinguished career in the association management community make her the perfect choice to lead the National Institute of Building Sciences into its next evolution and position it as the leader in discussions around cutting-edge topics of importance to the built environment community,? said Joseph Donovan, Institute Chair. ?We?re thrilled to welcome her aboard.?
?As a veteran of the building industry association space, I?m very excited to join the National Institute of Building Sciences. They serve as a trusted source of information and a well-regarded forum for the free and open discussion of challenges and opportunities in the built environment,? said Woods. ?The Institute?s commitment to its mission and the support of its members mirrors my own values, and I look forward to upholding the organization?s strong priorities and expanding its reach.?
The Institute?s search for a new President was conducted by association and non-profit search experts Vetted Solutions.
Each year, FEDCon? gives private-sector architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers insight into the construction process of the different agencies of the U.S. federal government. The 2019 FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast, scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, 2019, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo, will spotlight the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Material Readiness, Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office and its work tackling the important and expensive problem of corrosion to improve Department of Defense (DOD) facilities for the long term.
The United States Code 10 U.S.C. ? 2228 defines corrosion as "the deterioration of a material or its properties due to a reaction of that material with its chemical environment." Identifying corrosion risks and translating them into facilities design, construction and sustainment has significant impacts on life-cycle expectations and results.
DOD criteria incorporate both new technologies and corrosion prevention and control (CPC) focused language to ensure appropriate requirements are included in DOD contracts. The tools and criteria are available to help facilities professionals identify the general environmental severity classification at DOD installations. The DOD has funded numerous facilities corrosion technology projects, which ensures that CPC-related criteria requirements are current and will have a positive impact on the life cycle of facilities.
Steve Geusic, PE; Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, ASQ LSSBB; and Richard A. Hays, who all support the DOD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, will talk about the criteria, provide examples applicable to private-sector facilities and highlight tools available through the Institute?s WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? CPC Resource pages. Their intent is to assist facilities designers, contractors and sustainers to meet life-cycle requirements and to optimize facilities for tomorrow through better decision making.
Geusic is a Senior Professional Engineer for Leidos, providing technical, programmatic and policy support for customers in the area of corrosion prevention and control for facilities. He has 34 years of engineering design and construction experience with the DOD, serving 9 years as the Director of Facilities Criteria for the Navy at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic. McMillion is the Engineering Specifications Criteria Manager for NAVFAC in Norfolk, Virginia, and chairs the WBDG Advisory Council. She has 29 years of experience in facility design and construction for NAVFAC, the Air Force and DOD. She serves as a liaison to the DOD Corrosion Control Facilities team to incorporate the results of demonstration projects into facilities criteria. Hays is a Senior Corrosion Engineer for Excet, Inc., providing technical, programmatic and policy support for customers in the area of corrosion prevention and control for military equipment and facilities. For seven years, he served as the Deputy Director of Corrosion Policy and Oversight in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The first 27 years of his career were spent as a manager and corrosion engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.
Attend the FEDCon? Breakfast, sponsored by Master Painters Institute (MPI), Wednesday, January 9, 2019, and learn about the challenge of corrosion and the tools available to address it.
In addition to this FEDCon? Keynote, Building Innovation 2019 will include 18 different educational sessions featuring 60 presentations by 38 expert speakers. The Institute is a continuing education unit provider for the American Institute of Architects and a preferred provider for the International Code Council.
Elect to join us for the FEDCon? Keynote Breakfast or attend the full Conference. Online registration ends December 31. Register now and save $150 off the onsite registration rates. Don?t wait. Register today!
Highlights Benefits of Investing in Mitigation for Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure
Today, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued its latest report in a multi-year study on natural hazard mitigation. The second in a series of interim results, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure examines the potential benefits associated with investing in mitigation for select utility and transportation infrastructure.
Natural hazards present significant risks to many communities across the United States. Fortunately, there are measures governments, building owners, developers, tenants and others can take to reduce the impacts of such events. These measures?commonly called mitigation?can result in significant savings in terms of safety, and prevent property loss and disruption of day-to-day life.
The project team sought to use Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants to look at how the agency?s mitigation efforts to address four potential perils and four categories of utilities and infrastructure might benefit communities. Of the 859 EDA grants the project team reviewed, only 16 related to natural-hazard mitigation of utilities and transportation lifelines. Of these, the team acquired sufficient data to estimate benefit cost ratios (BCRs) for 12 mitigation investments.
Because too few EDA grants were available to provide statistical value, the project team modified its objectives to analyze the grants as case studies. Since the grants did not represent all common retrofit measures (particularly in regard to earthquakes), the project team also analyzed potential mitigation measures to address the gaps.
The project team studied 12 EDA grants, including:
Note: While not statistically valid, these grants, when viewed as case studies, offer anecdotal evidence of the potential value of such types of mitigation.
In light of the unexpectedly limited grant data, the project team supplemented the analysis of grants by studying a few leading options for natural-hazard mitigation of utilities and transportation infrastructure.
Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure is an independent work, funded with the support of public- and private-organizations interested in expanding the understanding of the benefits of hazard mitigation.
The original 2005 report, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities, which was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), determined FEMA mitigation grants to have a benefit-cost ratio (BCR) of 4:1.
Despite the specific guidance that the 2005 study BCR represented only a single, very narrow set of mitigation strategies (precisely those funded through FEMA), the original 4:1 ratio has been used to justify all types of mitigation strategies. In January 2018, the Institute released the 2017 Interim Report, which provided an updated examination of the benefits of federal agency grant programs, including the addition of EDA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), resulting in a $6 benefit for every $1 invested. Though not a direct replacement, when used to describe federal grant programs, the 6:1 BCR can be used in place of the original 4:1.
The 2017 Interim Report also included analysis of the benefits of exceeding specific criteria within the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) and the adoption of the 2015 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (IWUIC). This analysis found a BCR of $4 for every $1 invested in such measures.
To vet the methodology used and ensure the ongoing study?s accuracy, the Institute received input from renowned experts in resilience across all hazard types, including academia, non-profits, government agencies and the private sector. Experts were engaged to conduct the analyses and additional experts were invited to peer-review the results. Over 100 subject matter experts participated in the development and review of the study methodologies and findings.
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Institute of Building Sciences will host a joint webinar, The Business Case for Building Stronger, Smarter Infrastructure, on Tuesday, October 30, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET.
The webinar will feature the release of the latest Interim Report of the Institute?s ?Mitigation Saves? multi-year study. The new report builds on the results presented earlier this year that every $1 invested in disaster mitigation through federal grants saves society $6 in future disaster costs. These latest results examine the return-on-investment associated with resilient infrastructure related to transportation, electric grid and water systems.
The event will feature:
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There are only four weeks left to enter those cutting-edge projects and activities for a chance to win a National Institute of Building Sciences 2018 Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Award.
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.
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, 2018, 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 the Annual Awards Banquet, to be held during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, the week of January 7-10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. During the awards presentation on Wednesday, January 9, 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 2018 Beyond Green? Awards is Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Take this opportunity to recognize a deserving high-performance project. Submit an entry today!