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National Institute of Building Sciences Names Lakisha Ann Woods President

November 13, 2018 - 9:01am

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.

2019 FEDCon? Keynote to Tackle the Expensive Problem of Corrosion

November 8, 2018 - 4:34pm

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.

View the full schedule of events.

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!


National Institute of Building Sciences Issues Second Report on the Value of Mitigation

October 30, 2018 - 12:55pm

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:

  • Flood mitigation for roads and railroads (five grants), with BCRs ranging between 2.0 and 11.0 for four grants and one grant exhibiting a BCR of 0.2.
  • Flood mitigation for water and wastewater facilities (four grants), which produced BCRs between 1.3 and 31.0.
  • Wind mitigation for electric and telecommunications (two grants). These grants were estimated to produce BCRs of approximately 8.5.
  • Flood mitigation for electric and telecommunications (one grant). This grant produced an estimated BCR of 9.4.

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.

These included:

  • Replacing specific water supply pipeline segments to create a ?resilient water-supply grid? that better resists earthquakes. (At least two West Coast water utilities are designing a resilient grid.) The project team estimated this measure would save up to $8 per $1 spent, depending on local seismic hazard.
  • Strengthening electric substation equipment to better resist earthquake loads and to create a ?resilient electric grid.? (At least three West Coast electric utilities are developing a resilient electric grid.) The project team estimated this measure would save up to $8 per $1 spent, depending on local seismic hazard.
  • Strengthening highway bridges to better resist earthquake loads. The project team estimated this measure would produce a benefit of $3 per $1 spent.
  • Performing prescribed burns in the watershed of water utilities to reduce wildfire and inhibit soil-carrying runoff that can cause turbidity in reservoirs. The project team found that this measure is unlikely to be cost effective, and that water utilities have less-expensive options available to address turbidity resulting from runoff after wildfires.

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.

Download Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure.

Pew, Institute to Host Webinar on Case for Building Stronger, Smarter Infrastructure

October 25, 2018 - 12:08pm

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:

  • Forbes Tompkins, Officer, Flood-Prepared Communities Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Ryan Colker, JD, Vice President, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Philip Schneider, Program Director, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Melissa Clow, Civil Engineer, Iowa City

REGISTER TO ATTEND

To attend the free The Business Case for Building Stronger, Smarter Infrastructure webinar on Tuesday, October 30, sign up now.

Deadline Approaches to Submit an Entry for a Beyond Green? Award

October 4, 2018 - 3:56pm

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!

One Week before FMOC Holds Webinar on Transitioning New Facilities

September 28, 2018 - 2:11pm

There?s still time to register for a new webinar hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC). But don?t wait too long. The one-hour webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, will be held Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET.

Bringing a new facility to life and integrating it with an existing asset portfolio can be a stressful endeavor. The receiving organization is expected to operate, manage and maintain the building with finite resources, yet the owner may be faced with a newly constructed facility that underperforms, requires unplanned downtime or additional rework, or provides a lesser occupant or visitor experience. This webinar provides guidance on how to make that transition as successful as possible.

Ensuring an opening day that delivers stable and reliable building performance is dependent on three key components: facility readiness, people readiness and information readiness. During the webinar, FMOC Chair Casey Martin, AIA, AICP, will address ways to plan in advance to make facility handover more predictable.

A subject matter expert, Martin works in the consulting practice at Jacobs Engineering delivering facility and asset management strategies. In this role, she consults with private and U.S. federal institutions, providing full life-cycle perspectives throughout project development stages. Martin?s approach considers important long-term views such as total cost of ownership, reliability-centered maintenance practices, operation strategies, and processes and policies to align asset management with business and mission objectives.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free ?Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management? webinar on October 5, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of operations & maintenance resource pages, including a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

SEPTEMBER WEBINAR ONLINE

Missed FMOC?s September 14 webinar, Designing for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects? The one-hour audio presentation, which FMOC hosted on September 14, is available for download until October 13, 2018. Listen now.

New SAFETY Act Best Practices Guide to Commercial Building Security Now Available

September 17, 2018 - 4:17pm

A new web-based tool can help security professionals for commercial office buildings perform assessments based on the Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS) for commercial office buildings. With best practices developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute), building owners seeking protections under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act can use the tool when developing their application packages.

?BPATS will be an important part of the SAFETY Act application process,? said William N. Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. ?We want commercial building owners to feel confident in the steps they need to take in getting the protections they need to secure their facilities.?

An issue that arises for building owners seeking SAFETY Act protections is the need to re-submit applications due to gaps in the review for SAFETY Act eligibility. This new online format serves to eliminate such backtracking from the application process, outlining what a building needs to accomplish to become a candidate for Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) status.

The preferred users of this tool are trained security professionals whose credentials will be reviewed by the Institute before gaining access to the tool. They are then trained in using the checklist to evaluate various components of building security by SAFETY Act standards, including access control, risk awareness, physical security, IT security and more. The guide spans seven categories, 411 best practices and approximately 60 associated common practices.

?With the BPATS, our goal was to develop a comprehensive tool that security professionals could use to assess the anti-terrorism security of commercial office buildings,? said Bruce Davidson, Director of S&T?s Office of SAFETY Act Implementation (OSAI). ?The output from their BPATS assessment should enable building leadership to take steps to enhance their building?s security and provide the foundation for a well-structured follow-on SAFETY Act application.?

OSAI and the Institute were able to validate the chosen best practices through pilot tests with six commercial buildings located in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Denver. An understanding of how the common practices of those building owners corresponded with OSAI criteria helped refine the BPATS and the assessment process for consistency.

Commercial property owners and security professionals may request access to the BPATS tool here.

Businesses filing for SAFETY Act protections can receive Designation and Certification for their Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology, which can cap their liability. The SAFETY Act was enacted in 2002 because of concerns that liability would hinder investment in the latest security technologies and programs following the attacks of September 11, 2001. OSAI engages with various public and private entities to ensure the SAFETY Act application process is consistent with their needs and promotes investment in the technologies the nation needs.

S&T reached a significant milestone earlier this year approving its 1,000th application for SAFETY Act protection.

Institute Looking to Hire Professionals with BIM, CAD, GIS Expertise

September 13, 2018 - 6:03pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences is in the process of filling several positions to support federal agency clients. The organization is looking to hire building professionals with expertise in building information modeling (BIM), computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS).

Eligible candidates will:

  • Have broad experience in developing and implementing information management processes.
  • Be able to utilize their knowledge of engineering, BIM, CAD, GIS and modeling to support real estate, programming, planning, engineering, construction and operations/maintenance activities.
  • Demonstrate broad professional knowledge of the practices and techniques of construction-related information technology tools, such as CAD technologies; design review software and tools; BIM tools; automated facilities management systems; graphic analysis tools and automated model checkers; geospatial tools; federal geospatial data standards; and relational databases for managing and processing data.
  • Display highly developed oral, graphic and written communications skills in order to confer with and advise employees, contractors and government officials.
  • Be able to work full-time in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Be a U.S. citizen in possession of or able to obtain a ?Secret? level security clearance.
  • Be required to travel.

Interested individuals with the required skillsets can read the job descriptions for the BIM Manager and BIM Data Analyst to see the full duties and responsibilities of the positions.

To apply for either of the positions, email a cover letter and resume to jobs@nibs.org with ?BIM Manager? or ?BIM Data Analyst? in the subject line. All emails must be received by Monday, September 24, at 12:00 noon ET.

Institute Looking to Hire Professionals with BIM, CAD, GIS Expertise

September 13, 2018 - 5:56pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences is in the process of filling several positions to support federal agency clients. The organization is looking to hire building professionals with expertise in building information modeling (BIM), computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information systems (GIS).

Eligible candidates will:

  • Have broad experience in developing and implementing information management processes.
  • Be able to utilize their knowledge of engineering, BIM, CAD, GIS and modeling to support real estate, programming, planning, engineering, construction and operations/maintenance activities.
  • Demonstrate broad professional knowledge of the practices and techniques of construction-related information technology tools, such as CAD technologies; design review software and tools; BIM tools; automated facilities management systems; graphic analysis tools and automated model checkers; geospatial tools; federal geospatial data standards; and relational databases for managing and processing data.
  • Display highly developed oral, graphic and written communications skills in order to confer with and advise employees, contractors and government officials.
  • Be able to work full-time in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Be a U.S. citizen in possession of or able to obtain a ?Secret? level security clearance.
  • Be required to travel.

Interested individuals with the required skillsets can read the job descriptions for the BIM Manager and BIM Data Analyst to see the full duties and responsibilities of the positions.

To apply for either of the positions, email a cover letter and resume to jobs@nibs.org with ?BIM Manager? or ?BIM Data Analyst? in the subject line. All emails must be received by Monday, September 24, at 12:00 noon ET.

The Institute Appoints Jury for 2018 Beyond Green? Awards

September 12, 2018 - 5:47pm

Award Recipients to Be Honored during Building Innovation 2019

The National Institute of Building Sciences announces the jury for the 2018 Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Awards. The 2018 jury members include Nancy McNabb, AIA; Jason Hartke, PhD; and Arpan Bakshi.

?I am excited to welcome the 2018 Beyond Green? Awards jury,? said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. ?This jury has a wide range of experience in advancing and achieving innovative, high-performing facilities. I thank them for their participation and look forward to seeing which projects they select to receive Beyond Green? Awards in January.?

The Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Awards recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. The jury is responsible for selecting those projects and activities that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high performance from all of the entries submitted to the Institute by the October 31 deadline.

Nancy McNabb, AIA, principal at McNabb & Associates, has held positions at the New York State Codes Division, Building Officials and Code Administrators International and the National Fire Protection Association. As the Manager of Building and Fire Codes and Standards of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, McNabb worked on codes and standards-related research to support strategic goals relating to sustainability, energy efficiency, safety, security and community resilience. She formed her own consulting firm in 2016 and joined The Continuity Project. McNabb recently served as the Faculty Member-in-Residence with the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering.

Jason Hartke, PhD, leads the Alliance to Save Energy, where he oversees a bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders committed to achieving economic growth, a cleaner environment and greater energy security, affordability and reliability. At the U.S. Department of Energy, he led a roughly $30 million program to advance and accelerate energy efficiency in commercial buildings. As senior vice president of global policy development at the U.S. Green Building Council, Hartke oversaw mission-critical policy and advocacy efforts. Over his career, he has created numerous collaborative initiatives and partnerships with organizations, including the C40 Climate Leadership Group, World Green Building Council, National League of Cities, American Institute of Architects, Real Estate Roundtable and Natural Resources Defense Council.

An associate at internationally renowned Foster + Partners in London, England, Arpan Bakshi trained as an architect, sustainable engineer, computational designer and environmental analyst. He has worked at leading firms, including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York, and Werner Sobek in Stuttgart, Germany. Bakshi served as a studio consultant at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, PennDesign and the City University of New York. He participates and actively shares insights and articles online to an industry forum of over 40,000 professionals, organizing presentations and trainings from leading experts to a following across 115 countries.

As the 2018 Beyond Green? Awards jury, McNabb, Hartke and Bakshi will select the winners from all of the Beyond Green? Award entries submitted. The 2018 award categories include: High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities. The Institute will recognize the 2018 award winners on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, during its Annual Awards Banquet. As part of the awards presentation, the Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Award winners have the opportunity to present their projects and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced while delivering high-performance buildings.

Learn more about the Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Awards. The opportunity to enter ends 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

The Awards Banquet is one of a number of events taking place during Building Innovation 2019?The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, to be held January 7-10, at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. Find out more about the Conference.

To attend the Awards ceremony or the entire Conference, register now.

Last Chance to Register for FMOC?s Webinar on Designing for Maintainability

September 12, 2018 - 12:02pm

There are only two days left to register for the National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) one-hour webinar, Design for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects, to be held Friday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. Don?t wait to register to learn about the benefits of getting early operations and maintenance (O&M) input.

O&M expenses can account for as much as 80 percent of a building?s life-cycle costs. Yet, working with facility professionals during the design phase of the project can alleviate these costs and help optimize building performance. Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, the immediate past chair of the FMOC and a current member of the Institute?s Board of Directors, will conduct the webinar. He will discuss how ?Design for Maintainability,? a methodology that links O&M goals to the design process, can be applied to any organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and operations management, Rounds serves as a facility engineering manager responsible for electrical and mechanical systems within the Sustainable Workplaces organization at the General Motors Company (GM). In this role, his group leads the electrical and mechanical design activities for new construction and major renovations. His former duties as a technical group manager entailed maintaining the technical oversight for facilities operations at 16 manufacturing operations totaling 52 million square feet, and containing assets with an approximately $7.5 billion total replacement value. He previously led the facilities maintenance, industrial cleaning and asset sustainment activity for GM, where he and his team of engineers were responsible for prioritizing facilities asset sustainment initiatives, problem solving and disseminating facilities maintenance best practices across GM?s vast portfolio. He is a member of Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and serves on its advisory body, the ProFMI Commission.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free Design for Maintainability webinar on September 14, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

SAVE THE DATE

Interested in other O&M topics? Then be sure to register for FMOC?s October webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. Sign up today.

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of O&M resource pages, including a page on Design for Maintainability and a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

One Week before FMOC Webinar on Designing Facilities for Maintainability

September 7, 2018 - 2:45pm

Don't miss the National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) one-hour webinar, Design for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects, on Friday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET, to learn about the benefits of getting early operations and maintenance (O&M) input.

O&M expenses can account for as much as 80 percent of a building?s life-cycle costs. Yet, working with facility professionals during the design phase of the project can alleviate these costs and help optimize building performance. Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, the immediate past chair of the FMOC and a current member of the Institute?s Board of Directors, will conduct the webinar. He will discuss how ?Design for Maintainability,? a methodology that links O&M goals to the design process, can be applied to any organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and operations management, Rounds serves as a facility engineering manager responsible for electrical and mechanical systems within the Sustainable Workplaces organization at the General Motors Company (GM). In this role, his group leads the electrical and mechanical design activities for new construction and major renovations. His former duties as a technical group manager entailed maintaining the technical oversight for facilities operations at 16 manufacturing operations totaling 52 million square feet, and containing assets with an approximately $7.5 billion total replacement value. He previously led the facilities maintenance, industrial cleaning and asset sustainment activity for GM, where he and his team of engineers were responsible for prioritizing facilities asset sustainment initiatives, problem solving and disseminating facilities maintenance best practices across GM?s vast portfolio. He is a member of Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and serves on its advisory body, the ProFMI Commission.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free Design for Maintainability webinar on September 14, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

SAVE THE DATE

Interested in other O&M topics? Then be sure to register for FMOC?s October webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. Sign up today.

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of O&M resource pages, including a page on Design for Maintainability and a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

One Week before FMOC Webinar on Designing Facilities for Maintainability

September 7, 2018 - 2:45pm

Don't miss the National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) one-hour webinar, Design for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects, on Friday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET, to learn about the benefits of getting early operations and maintenance (O&M) input.

O&M expenses can account for as much as 80 percent of a building?s life-cycle costs. Yet, working with facility professionals during the design phase of the project can alleviate these costs and help optimize building performance. Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, the immediate past chair of the FMOC and a current member of the Institute?s Board of Directors, will conduct the webinar. He will discuss how ?Design for Maintainability,? a methodology that links O&M goals to the design process, can be applied to any organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and operations management, Rounds serves as a facility engineering manager responsible for electrical and mechanical systems within the Sustainable Workplaces organization at the General Motors Company (GM). In this role, his group leads the electrical and mechanical design activities for new construction and major renovations. His former duties as a technical group manager entailed maintaining the technical oversight for facilities operations at 16 manufacturing operations totaling 52 million square feet, and containing assets with an approximately $7.5 billion total replacement value. He previously led the facilities maintenance, industrial cleaning and asset sustainment activity for GM, where he and his team of engineers were responsible for prioritizing facilities asset sustainment initiatives, problem solving and disseminating facilities maintenance best practices across GM?s vast portfolio. He is a member of Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and serves on its advisory body, the ProFMI Commission.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free Design for Maintainability webinar on September 14, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

SAVE THE DATE

Interested in other O&M topics? Then be sure to register for FMOC?s October webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. Sign up today.

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of O&M resource pages, including a page on Design for Maintainability and a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

October FMOC Webinar to Focus on Successful Long-Term Operation of New Facilities

September 5, 2018 - 12:03pm

Bringing a new facility to life and integrating it with an existing asset portfolio can be a stressful endeavor. The receiving organization is expected to operate, manage and maintain the building with finite resources, yet the owner may be faced with a newly constructed facility that underperforms, requires unplanned downtime or additional rework, or provides a lesser occupant or visitor experience. The National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) will host a one-hour webinar, Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management, scheduled for Friday, October 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET, that focuses on making that transition as successful as possible.

Ensuring an opening day that delivers stable and reliable building performance is dependent on three key components: facility readiness; people readiness and information readiness. During the webinar, FMOC Chair Casey Martin, AIA, AICP, will address ways to plan in advance to make facility handover more predictable.

A subject matter expert, Martin works in the consulting practice at Jacobs Engineering delivering facility and asset management strategies. In this role, she consults with private and U.S. federal institutions, providing full life-cycle perspectives throughout project development stages. Martin?s approach considers important long-term views such as total cost of ownership, reliability-centered maintenance practices, operation strategies and processes and policies to align asset management with business and mission objectives.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free ?Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management? webinar on October 5, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of operations & maintenance resource pages, including a page on Transitioning a New Facility from Construction to Operations and Asset Management.

FMOC Webinar to Look at Improving Maintainability of Facilities through Design

August 22, 2018 - 3:07pm

Operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses can account for as much as 80 percent of a building?s life-cycle costs. Yet, working with facility professionals during the design phase of the project can alleviate these costs and help optimize building performance. The National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) will host a one-hour webinar, Design for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects, on Friday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET to highlight the benefits of getting early O&M input.

Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, the immediate past chair of the FMOC and a current member of the Institute?s Board of Directors, will conduct the webinar. He will discuss how ?Design for Maintainability,? a methodology that links O&M goals to the design process, can be applied to any organization.

With more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and operations management, Rounds serves as a facility engineering manager responsible for electrical and mechanical systems within the Sustainable Workplaces organization at the General Motors Company (GM). In this role, his group leads the electrical and mechanical design activities for new construction and major renovations. His former duties as a technical group manager entailed maintaining the technical oversight for facilities operations at 16 manufacturing operations totaling 52 million square feet and containing assets with an approximately $7.5 billion total replacement value. He previously led the facilities maintenance, industrial cleaning and asset sustainment activity for GM, where he and his team of engineers were responsible for prioritizing facilities asset sustainment initiatives, problem solving and disseminating facilities maintenance best practices across GM?s vast portfolio. He is a member of the Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and serves on its advisory body, the ProFMI Commission.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free Design for Maintainability webinar on September 14, 2018. Space is limited to 100 attendees, so don?t wait. Register today!

LEARN MORE

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? offers a number of O&M resource pages, including a page on Design for Maintainability.

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.