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Institute, ASC, ACSA Release Results of Latest Survey on Off-Site Construction Education

August 9, 2018 - 9:49am

The National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC), Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) have released the results of a survey to understand how institutions of higher education are teaching about off-site construction methods. This joint effort, investigated by researchers from Washington State University, University of Nebraska and Colorado State University, follows on an initial survey conducted in 2014.

Survey respondents came from architecture and construction management programs in academic institutions across the country. The compiled data compares the 2017 responses to the 2014 academic survey results, as well as responses from concurrent 2014 and 2017 OSCC surveys that looked at how the industry is using off-site construction methods.

Here are some of the key findings from the Results of a Survey of Prefabrication in Design and Construction Academics: Comparing 2014 & 2017 Data:

  • There still is a disconnect between how frequently the industry is using off-site construction (88%) and how many architecture (40%) and construction (33%) schools are teaching it.
  • Architecture schools have increased their focus on hands-on learning of off-site techniques, using more design studios (59%) and design/build (54%) formats.
  • Construction management schools continue to favor lecture formats as the main avenues for teaching off-site construction, with nearly 80% utilizing this method in 2017.
  • The off-site construction topics taught in each setting continue to track with the overall emphasis and expertise of their related disciplines. The architecture programs focused on materials and products; design and engineering; and automation. The construction management programs focused on accelerated scheduling; lean manufacturing; project management and commercial construction.
  • Industry responded that its primary construction type is commercial construction. Meanwhile, the most addressed topic of architecture programs is single-family housing, and multi-family housing is the most addressed topic of construction management programs. 
  • Construction management programs tracked well with teaching about the types of products the industry was using in 2014. However, the industry shifted its focus in 2017 and both the architecture and construction management programs have not yet made a corresponding shift in their teaching.
  • Architecture programs are researching a number of topics, with the top areas in 2017  continuing to be new products and design optimization. Construction management programs continue to research building information modeling (BIM) integration, but have seen an increase in research related to supply chain integration.

A total of 92 institutions participated in the survey, with 59 from architecture programs and 33 from construction management programs. 181 participants from industry responded to the concurrent industry survey.

View the Results of a Survey of Prefabrication in Design and Construction Academics: Comparing 2014 & 2017.

Review prior industry surveys on the utilization of off-site construction, as well as case studies from effective projects and other resources related to off-site construction. Learn more about the OSCC.

NIBS Collaborates on Primer to Help Buildings Professionals Navigate Energy Industry

July 23, 2018 - 10:40am

A new publication is now available to offer buildings professionals a practical look at the future of the energy sector and the role of buildings.

The resource, Building Our New Energy Future, is a primer tailored to prepare buildings professionals for the challenges and opportunities of designing efficient and grid-responsive buildings within the changing energy sector. The primer was developed for ASHRAE, in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

In 2015, NIBS collaborated with DOE to develop a common definition for what it means to be a zero energy building. That effort, which brought together a diverse set of building stakeholders, contributed to this publication.

?This primer was developed by a team of buildings experts across industries to provide a common language understanding of key topics that will affect our energy future,? said ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter, PE, Fellow ASHRAE. ?Our new energy future has many exciting opportunities and challenges and this document provides guidance to help buildings professionals not only become more aware of the steps needed to move our energy future forward, but also shows them how they can become involved to ensure our new energy future serves all humanity and promotes a sustainable world.?     

The primer explores resources on topics such as distributed energy resources (DERs), electric vehicles and buildings, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart grids and buildings, the future of utilities and high-performance building design. 

Strategies to communicate about prioritizing loads, storing versus using energy, and advances in renewable energy are provided throughout the primer. It also shares how new practice areas and business opportunities for building professionals will emerge in this drive toward a more sustainable built environment.

?It is vital that decision makers understand how the nation?s electrical grid works when they are taking steps to reduce energy usage?whether it?s at the building or community level?or they could unknowingly cause the reverse result,? said NIBS President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. ?Building Our New Energy Future clearly explains this complicated topic so people recognize the impacts their energy choices have on the power grid, occupant comfort level and their bottom line.?

Building Our New Energy Future offers a variety of resources and practical advice to help buildings professionals dissect the intricacies of the evolving energy future, including:

  • Facts behind the changes in grid infrastructure, utility business models and building load management
  • Practical advice for owners, designers and construction professionals on smart-grid integration
  • A look at how to control loads and manage them in a way that will impact the electrical system infrastructure?s performance
  • Information on how the technology sector is already engaged in building automation and controls, and renewable generation and energy storage
  • Project examples of renewable electricity generation of renewable energy sources with customer-sited energy storage, rooftop solar PV, Solar Integration Systems (SIS) and off-grid solar plus storage microgrid systems

?With the publication of Building Our New Energy Future, ASHRAE has articulated a vision for the future of the electrical grid, providing architects with essential information that defines the symbiotic relationship between high-performance building design, on-site renewable energy and energy management systems and off-site energy solutions,? said Carl Elefante, AIA President.

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? hosted by NIBS offers expanded resource pages on many of these subjects.

Download the primer.

To learn more about the different topics, visit the WBDG

NIBS, ASTM International, RCI, Inc. Issue Joint Statement

July 19, 2018 - 2:23pm

Agree to Avoid Duplicating Building Enclosure Commissioning Efforts

The National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute), ASTM International (ASTM) and RCI, Inc. issued a joint statement July 11 announcing their intent to avoid duplication of effort relating to their respective building enclosure commissioning (BECx) programs.

The Institute is rolling out a series of new BECx certificate modules as an education component of an agreement with ASTM to create a joint certificate in building enclosure commissioning. The first three two-hour, face-to-face pilot modules were unveiled in April during the fifth BEST Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference? (BEST5) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A BECx workshop with additional modules is scheduled for Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, in January in Washington, D.C.

Building on that, ASTM will work with the Institute to develop e-learning versions for each module. ASTM will leverage its expertise in multi-media services and provide access to the modules through its online learning management system.

In addition, RCI Inc., in partnership with Professional Testing, Inc., a certification and examination development company, is developing certifications for the various BECx roles as defined by ASTM. RCI?s goal is to develop full-scope certifications for each area to advance the level of quality and standards across the U.S. BECx industry. These certifications will be developed in accordance with accreditation requirements of ISO/IEC 17024: Conformity assessment?General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. To achieve this objective, RCI, Inc., has adopted a broad, industry-wide collaborative approach to ensure that all impacted stakeholders? needs have been taken into consideration. The first step will be to invite industry experts to serve on the Job Task Analysis working groups to be hosted at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in October.

About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

About ASTM International

Committed to serving global societal needs, ASTM International positively impacts public health and safety, consumer confidence, and overall quality of life. We integrate consensus standards ? developed with our international membership of volunteer technical experts ? and innovative services to improve lives? Helping our world work better.

About RCI, Inc.

RCI, Inc. is an international nonprofit association established in 1983, whose mission is to advance the profession of building envelope consulting. RCI?s Consultant members adhere to a strict code of ethics that offers unprejudiced service without affiliation with any product or manufacturer.

 

Spotlight a Cutting-Edge Project that Goes Beyond Green?

July 12, 2018 - 5:52pm

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 2018 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, 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, 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!

Last Call: Building Innovation 2019 Abstracts Due Tomorrow

June 28, 2018 - 4:45pm

This is the final chance to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo. Potential presenters have until tomorrow, Friday, June 29, at midnight ET. Don?t miss the opportunity to speak at 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 2019, which will explore strategies for Optimizing for Tomorrow, will take place January 7-10, 2019, 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 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. 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 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

Be there to present where Science meets Design?. Submit your abstract via the online form by tomorrow, June 29, at midnight ET.

Only One Week Left to Submit an Abstract

June 22, 2018 - 10:57am

Online Submission Forms to Present at Building Innovation 2019
Are Due Friday, June 29

Time is ticking away to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo. Potential presenters have only one week left before the June 29 deadline. Don?t miss the opportunity to speak at 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 2019, which will explore strategies for Optimizing for Tomorrow, will take place January 7-10, 2019, 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 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. 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 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

Be there to present where Science meets Design?. Submit your abstract via the online form before the June 29 deadline.

IAPMO Returns as Building Innovation 2019 Technical Programs Sponsor

June 20, 2018 - 2:36pm

With planning underway for Building Innovation 2019: The Institute?s Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, the Institute welcomes back the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) as Technical Programs Sponsor. This is the fourth straight year that IAPMO has taken the role.

Building Innovation 2019, to be held January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., will gather different facets of the building community to facilitate an interchange of ideas and viewpoints; present the latest advancements in technology; address the industry?s priorities and concerns; and work to develop solutions. The Conference Planning Team currently is working to put together the technical program for the event, which will explore strategies aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow.

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 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 2019. 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 2019 attendees.

Download the Prospectus. Reserve your space online.

Find out more and sign up to receive the latest announcements.

Two Weeks Left to Submit an Abstract to Present at Building Innovation 2019

June 14, 2018 - 3:40pm

Online Submission Forms Are Due Friday, June 29

Potential presenters, there are only two weeks left to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh 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 2019, which will explore strategies for Optimizing for Tomorrow, will take place January 7-10, 2019, 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 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. 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 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

Be there to present where Science meets Design?. Submit your abstract via the online form before the June 29 deadline.

ICC to Serve as Building Innovation 2019 Conference Sponsor

June 11, 2018 - 2:33pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes back the International Code Council (ICC) as the Conference Sponsor for Building Innovation 2019: The Institute?s Seventh Annual Conference and Expo. Building Innovation 2019, to be held January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., will bring together building professionals from across the industry to explore strategies aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow.

For the fourth year in a row, ICC will hold the lead sponsorship role in the Building Innovation Conference series. A Sustaining Organization Member of the Institute, ICC representatives are involved in a range of Institute councils and committees. In addition, several ICC members participate on the Institute Board of Directors. Throughout the decades, the Institute and ICC have collaborated on numerous projects to improve the safety and resilience of U.S. communities.

Building Innovation 2019 will gather different facets of the building community to facilitate an interchange of ideas and viewpoints; present the latest advancements in technology; address the industry?s priorities and concerns; and work to develop solutions. While at the Conference, attendees can 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 the 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 2019. Companies interested in showing their support for the Institute and the building community can reserve a sponsorship and/or exhibitor space online.

Download the Prospectus. Reserve your space online.

Find out more and sign up to receive the latest announcements.

Institute Calls for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2019

May 24, 2018 - 9:48am

The National Institute of Building Sciences is gearing up to deliver the seventh 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 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo will take place January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The goal for the Conference is to explore strategies that are aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow. 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, 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 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. 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 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

Be there to present where Science meets Design?. Submit your abstract via the online form before the June 29 deadline.

Institute Calls for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2019

May 24, 2018 - 9:48am

The National Institute of Building Sciences is gearing up to deliver the seventh 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 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo will take place January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The goal for the Conference is to explore strategies that are aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow. 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, 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 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. 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 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

Be there to present where Science meets Design?. Submit your abstract via the online form before the June 29 deadline.

Institute Calls for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2019

May 24, 2018 - 9:48am

The National Institute of Building Sciences is gearing up to deliver the seventh 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 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo will take place January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The goal for the Conference is to explore strategies that are aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow. 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, 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 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. 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 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

Be there to present where Science meets Design?. Submit your abstract via the online form before the June 29 deadline.

Institute Calls for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2019

May 24, 2018 - 9:48am

The National Institute of Building Sciences is gearing up to deliver the seventh 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 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo will take place January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The goal for the Conference is to explore strategies that are aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow. 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, 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 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. 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 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

Be there to present where Science meets Design?. Submit your abstract via the online form before the June 29 deadline.

Green to Retire from National Institute of Building Sciences

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.?

Green to Retire from National Institute of Building Sciences

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

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.

Off-Site Construction Council Posts New Implementation Resources

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.