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

May 26, 2017 - 10:32am

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

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

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

EARN AND LEARN

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

REGISTER TO ATTEND

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

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

View the schedule.

Institute Calls for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2018

May 15, 2017 - 12:45pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Composite Steel, Concrete Structures Focus of June BSSC Webinar

May 10, 2017 - 5:23pm

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

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

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

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

EARN AND LEARN

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

REGISTER TO ATTEND

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

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

View the schedule.

National Institute of Building Sciences Becomes ICC Preferred Provider

May 9, 2017 - 3:41pm

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

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

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

Learn more about the ICC Preferred Provider Program.

Institute Partners on Green Sports Alliance Summit

April 17, 2017 - 4:29pm

Staff to Moderate Session on Making Stadiums Sustainable

Learn how to make stadiums and arenas high-performing at the upcoming Green Sports Alliance Summit, to be held June 27-29 in Sacramento, California, at the Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. With the theme “PLAY GREENER™: Engaging Fans, Athletes & Communities,” the Summit will focus on bringing about positive environmental and social impact across the fan base and surrounding communities. Sessions will prepare green sports stakeholders to leverage their influence by collaborating with athletes and engaging fans and communities inside and outside of sports venues to create measurable and lasting change. The National Institute of Building Sciences is a community partner for the event.

Earlier this year, the Institute and the Green Sports Alliance released a report that looks at ways the nation’s sports venues can make an impact by reducing their energy and water use. The report, Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues, considers the potential water and energy reductions the U.S. sports sector could make, and highlights the financial savings some leagues and teams are already seeing from putting such efficiency initiatives into place. The Institute’s Presidential Advisor and Director of its Consultative Council, Ryan M. Colker, JD, will moderate a session that builds on those findings entitled “Make it Last: Sustainable Solutions for Existing Venues.”

While new, innovative stadiums and arenas open each year, many sports venues tend to be older, less modern structures that require consistent upkeep and maintenance. Through the lens of sustainability, sports venue operators are developing strategies that enable them to “tune up” their stadium or arena in ways that encourage innovation, promote efficiency and preserve traditions.

During the Thursday, June 29 session, attendees will learn how existing venues ranging from more than one hundred years old to less than a decade are finding sustainable solutions to modernize venue operations. Speakers will highlight the obstacles they overcame, ranging from limited capital to challenging infrastructure, and the strategies used to achieve greater sustainability success. Join operators and partners from Wrigley Field, KeyArena, American Airlines Arena and Citi Field to learn more.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Pigozzi, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Stantec Architecture
  • Michael Dohnert, Senior Director, Ballpark Operations, New York Mets, Citi Field
  • Ned Dunn, Assistant Director, Redevelopment/Capital Budget, Seattle Center
  • Dan Munn, Senior Principal / Energy + Engineering Global Sector Leader, DLR Group

Learn more about the Green Sports Alliance Summit.

Register now.

April 21 BSSC Webinar Looks at Steel-Framed Buildings

March 21, 2017 - 5:17pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the third webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Steel-Framed Buildings,” will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

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

A member of BSSC’s Provisions Update Committee, Presenter Rafael Sabelli will introduce the design of seismic force-resisting systems in steel-framed buildings intended to complement the design problems in Chapter 9 of the FEMA P-1051 Design Examples. He also will discuss the design of ordinary concentrically braced frames, special concentrically braced frames and special moment frames.

Rafael is a Principal and Director of Seismic Design at Walter P Moore. Active in the development of seismic design standards for steel systems, he is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Seismic Provisions Committee and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7 Seismic Task Committee. He chairs the AISC Seismic Design Manual Committee and serves as project manager for the five-volume Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Seismic Design Manual. Rafael is co-author of Ductile Design of Steel Structures, and has written extensively on the design and behavior of steel seismic systems. AISC recognized Rafael with a Special Achievement Award and the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award.

EARN AND LEARN

Attendees are eligible to earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the webinar. People are encouraged to watch the webinar together as a group or a firm, but all viewers must sign up individually to receive learning unit verifications.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Steel-Framed Buildings” webinar on April 21. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

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

View the schedule.

BEST5 Technical Committee Issues Call for Abstracts

March 20, 2017 - 2:01pm

Building Enclosure Submissions Due by June 15

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are seeking abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The BEST5 Technical Committee will select approximately 60 abstracts related to building science research, design or practice for conference papers and presentations, panel presentations and poster presentations. Presenters have until June 15, 2017, to submit an abstract.

Topics to be considered include:

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

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

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

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

Abstracts are due no later than June 15, 2017. Submit an abstract.

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

Podcast: Board Member, Institute Member Talk Codes

March 10, 2017 - 4:20pm
Board Member Cindy Davis, deputy director of building and fire regulations at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Institute Member Steven Orlowski, the director of codes and standards at the Building Owners and Managers Association International, talk codes with Architect Magazine Editor Wanda Lau on this podcast, ArchitectChats Ep. 11: Dissecting the Code, Part 1 - Raising Expectations. Listen now.

Only One Week Until BSSC’s Precast Concrete Webinar

March 10, 2017 - 1:02pm

There is still time to register for the webinar, “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures,” hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC). This is the second webinar in the 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinars highlight the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials. The webinar will be held next Friday, March 17, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The 2015 Provisions contains two significant items related to the design of diaphragms that changed from the 2009 Provisions. First, it includes a proposed modification to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures to add a new section, 12.10.3, “Alternative Design Provisions for Diaphragms including Chords and Collectors,” which has since been approved for inclusion in ASCE 7-16. The new section provides for an alternative determination of diaphragm design force level, which is mandatory for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to seismic design category (SDC) C, D, E or F and is permitted to be used for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to SDC B. The 2015 Provisions includes a second proposed modification to ASCE 7-10 to add a section, 14.2.4, “Additional Design and Detailing Requirements for Precast Concrete Diaphragms.” That new section, which contains detailed seismic design provisions for precast concrete diaphragms, including a connector qualification protocol, also has been accepted for inclusion in ASCE 7-16.

The presenter for the “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar, Dr. S.K. Ghosh, will introduce attendees to the alternative seismic design force level and the precast concrete design methodology, which are the subject of FEMA P-1051, 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Design Examples, Chapter 6. He also will introduce many of the diaphragm design examples in FEMA P-1051, Chapter 11. He will discuss examples of a precast (vertical) seismic force-resisting system, including the design of an intermediate precast concrete shear wall building in a region of low or moderate seismicity; the design of a special precast concrete shear wall for a single-story industrial warehouse building in a region of high seismicity; and the partial example for the design of a special precast concrete moment frame.

Dr. Ghosh heads his own consulting practice, S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc., in Palatine, Illinois, and Aliso Viejo, California. Formerly the Director, Engineering Services, Codes and Standards at the Portland Cement Association and Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Ghosh is known internationally for his work in earthquake engineering. He has influenced seismic and concrete design provisions in the United States for many years. In addition to authoring numerous publications in the area of structural design, Dr. Ghosh has investigated and reported on structural performance in most recent earthquakes.

He is a fellow of ASCE, SEI, the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Institution of Engineers (India). He is a member of ACI Committee 318: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and the ASCE 7 Standard Committee. Dr. Ghosh has served on the Boards of the BSSC, ACI and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). In 2004, PCI named him one of 50 “Titans” of the U.S. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry. In 2013, ASCE awarded Ghosh the Walter P. Moore, Jr. Award for his contributions towards improving the consistency, accuracy and clarity of structural codes and standards throughout the United States and abroad. He was recently elected an ACI honorary member.

EARN AND LEARN

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

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar on March 17. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

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

View the schedule.

National Institute of Building Sciences Reaffirms Commitment to UN Global Compact

March 3, 2017 - 2:32pm

Earlier this week, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued a Communication on Engagement (COE) reaffirming its support to the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative, the United Nations (UN) Global Compact.

To demonstrate their continued engagement with the UN Global Compact, non-business participants must submit a COE every two years. The COE discloses to stakeholders specific activities that a non-business participant takes in support of the UN Global Compact.

Two years ago, the Institute initiated its relationship with the UN Global Compact, which has nearly 12,000 business and non-business participants in 160 countries. The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.

The 10 UN Global Compact Principles are as follows:

Human Rights

  • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. 

Labor

  • Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
  • Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labor; and
  • Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. 

Environment

  • Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
  • Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
  • Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-Corruption

  • Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Global Compact Local Networks can be found in 85 countries across the globe. Within a local context, these networks provide opportunities for participants to improve understanding and share experiences on the 10 Principles and partnerships, as well as how to report on progress in these areas.

The National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes U.S. building industry feedback and participation in realizing the success of the 10 Principles and encourages other organizations to support the UN Global Compact.

View the Institute’s Communication of Engagement.

Learn more about the UN Global Compact.

Two Weeks to Go before BSSC Webinar on Precast Concrete

March 3, 2017 - 9:24am

Don’t miss the second webinar in the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) 2017 series. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinars highlight the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials. The next webinar, “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, March 17, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The 2015 Provisions contains two significant items related to the design of diaphragms that changed from the 2009 Provisions. First, it includes a proposed modification to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures to add a new section, 12.10.3, “Alternative Design Provisions for Diaphragms including Chords and Collectors,” which has since been approved for inclusion in ASCE 7-16. The new section provides for an alternative determination of diaphragm design force level, which is mandatory for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to seismic design category (SDC) C, D, E or F and is permitted to be used for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to SDC B. The 2015 Provisions includes a second proposed modification to ASCE 7-10 to add a section, 14.2.4, “Additional Design and Detailing Requirements for Precast Concrete Diaphragms.” That new section, which contains detailed seismic design provisions for precast concrete diaphragms, including a connector qualification protocol, also has been accepted for inclusion in ASCE 7-16.

The presenter for the “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar, Dr. S.K. Ghosh, will introduce attendees to the alternative seismic design force level and the precast concrete design methodology, which are the subject of FEMA P-1051, 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Design Examples, Chapter 6. He also will introduce many of the diaphragm design examples in FEMA P-1051, Chapter 11. He will discuss examples of a precast (vertical) seismic force-resisting system, including the design of an intermediate precast concrete shear wall building in a region of low or moderate seismicity; the design of a special precast concrete shear wall for a single-story industrial warehouse building in a region of high seismicity; and the partial example for the design of a special precast concrete moment frame.

Dr. Ghosh heads his own consulting practice, S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc., in Palatine, Illinois, and Aliso Viejo, California. Formerly the Director, Engineering Services, Codes and Standards at the Portland Cement Association and Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Ghosh is known internationally for his work in earthquake engineering. He has influenced seismic and concrete design provisions in the United States for many years. In addition to authoring numerous publications in the area of structural design, Dr. Ghosh has investigated and reported on structural performance in most recent earthquakes.

He is a fellow of ASCE, SEI, the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Institution of Engineers (India). He is a member of ACI Committee 318: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and the ASCE 7 Standard Committee. Dr. Ghosh has served on the Boards of the BSSC, ACI and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). In 2004, PCI named him one of 50 “Titans” of the U.S. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry. In 2013, ASCE awarded Ghosh the Walter P. Moore, Jr. Award for his contributions towards improving the consistency, accuracy and clarity of structural codes and standards throughout the United States and abroad. He was recently elected an ACI honorary member.

EARN AND LEARN

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

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar on March 17. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

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

View the schedule.

Institute Sunsets High Performance Building Council

February 22, 2017 - 3:04pm

Passes Mantel to the Building Industry

A decade after the National Institute of Building Sciences established the High Performance Building Council (HPBC), the Institute’s Board of Directors has voted to successfully sunset the program.

The Institute founded the HPBC in 2007 in response to a request from the U.S. Secretary of Energy to assess the existing voluntary standards and rating systems that defined high-performance buildings at the time. Using the integrated approach of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®, which describes high-performance buildings in terms of eight attributes (cost-effectiveness, safety and security, sustainability, accessibility, functionality, productivity, historic preservation and aesthetics), the Council conducted industry-wide research and analysis. The HPBC delivered the resulting report, Assessment to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings, to the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2008.

In the years since, the HPBC worked on the Owners Performance Requirements Tool (OPR) and related report for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T); the report, A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, for DOE; and the National Performance Based Design Guide based on research and development supported by DHS S&T and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service.

The overall mission of the HPBC has permeated into virtually all of the Institute’s other councils and committees; high performance is a primary theme of the Institute’s conferences; and the Institute’s Consultative Council prioritizes high-performance buildings in its recommendations to the president of the United States and Congress. Most significantly, other organizations, including the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, have implemented key activities in support of HPBC goals and are taking steps to move the effort forward across the industry.

The Institute thanks the HPBC Executive Committee and the HPBC membership for their role in achieving these significant accomplishments. As an industry leader and advocate, the Institute will continue to support the industry in developing solutions for high-performance buildings.

BOMA China to Translate Institute’s National BIM Guide for Owners

February 21, 2017 - 4:22pm

This January, following a year-long development process, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) released its new guideline to help building owners utilize building information modeling (BIM). Now, only a month later, the Institute has agreed to allow the Chinese affiliate of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, BOMA China, to translate the National BIM Guide for Owners (NBGO) into Mandarin.

NIBS, with the support of BOMA and ASHRAE, and financial support from the U.S. Department of Defense – Defense Health Agency, compiled a carefully balanced, integrated team to craft the NBGO. Available free online, the NBGO provides building owners with an approach, from their own profession’s standpoint, to create and fulfill BIM requirements for a typical project. The guide addresses three broad areas the owner should understand in order to work effectively with the Project BIM Team: process; infrastructure and standards; and execution.

Hundreds of people from at least 33 countries have since downloaded the guide. The NBGO offers building owners with a documented process and procedure for their design teams to follow to produce a standard set of BIM documents during the design and construction of the facility, and for maintenance and operations of the facility upon handoff.

“Translating the National BIM Guide for Owners will provide building owners in one of the largest economies in the world with the tools they need to understand and apply BIM through the development, construction and operation of their facilities,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA.

The new guideline, which is based on a number of foreign, federal, state and local BIM guides that already exist, is geared to a generic facility with uniform requirements for use by a variety of government, institutional and commercial building owners. It references a range of documents and practices, including those contained within the Institute’s National BIM Standard-United States®.

“Timing of the National BIM Guide for Owners by NIBS is perfect, as there is increased awareness and use of BIM in China,” said Dominic Lau, the executive director of BOMA China. “This guide would be very helpful for our members to develop and implement their BIM application. I wish to thank NIBS and BOMA International for sharing international best practice with our members.”

BOMA China will provide copies of the translation to their members in China, in both print and electronic versions. The translation is expected to be complete within six months. Download the English version today.

March 17 BSSC Webinar to Address Precast Concrete

February 16, 2017 - 2:48pm

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the second webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, March 17, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

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

The 2015 Provisions contains two significant items related to the design of diaphragms that changed from the 2009 Provisions. First, it includes a proposed modification to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures to add a new section, 12.10.3, “Alternative Design Provisions for Diaphragms including Chords and Collectors,” which has since been approved for inclusion in ASCE 7-16. The new section provides for an alternative determination of diaphragm design force level, which is mandatory for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to seismic design category (SDC) C, D, E or F and is permitted to be used for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to SDC B. The 2015 Provisions includes a second proposed modification to ASCE 7-10 to add a section, 14.2.4, “Additional Design and Detailing Requirements for Precast Concrete Diaphragms.” That new section, which contains detailed seismic design provisions for precast concrete diaphragms, including a connector qualification protocol, also has been accepted for inclusion in ASCE 7-16.

The presenter for the “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar, Dr. S.K. Ghosh, will introduce attendees to the alternative seismic design force level and the precast concrete design methodology, which are the subject of FEMA P-1051, 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Design Examples, Chapter 6. He also will introduce many of the diaphragm design examples in FEMA P-1051, Chapter 11. He will discuss examples of a precast (vertical) seismic force-resisting system, including the design of an intermediate precast concrete shear wall building in a region of low or moderate seismicity; the design of a special precast concrete shear wall for a single-story industrial warehouse building in a region of high seismicity; and the partial example for the design of a special precast concrete moment frame.

Dr. Ghosh heads his own consulting practice, S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc., in Palatine, Illinois, and Aliso Viejo, California. Formerly the Director, Engineering Services, Codes and Standards at the Portland Cement Association and Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Ghosh is known internationally for his work in earthquake engineering. He has influenced seismic and concrete design provisions in the United States for many years. In addition to authoring numerous publications in the area of structural design, Dr. Ghosh has investigated and reported on structural performance in most recent earthquakes.

He is a fellow of ASCE, SEI, the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and the Institution of Engineers (India). He is a member of ACI Committee 318: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and the ASCE 7 Standard Committee. Dr. Ghosh has served on the Boards of the BSSC, ACI and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). In 2004, PCI named him one of 50 “Titans” of the U.S. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry. In 2013, ASCE awarded Ghosh the Walter P. Moore, Jr. Award for his contributions towards improving the consistency, accuracy and clarity of structural codes and standards throughout the United States and abroad. He was recently elected an ACI honorary member.

EARN AND LEARN

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

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Sign up now to attend the free “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures” webinar on March 17. Space is limited, so don’t wait. Register today!

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

View the schedule.

Institute Members: Get Three Days Free at NFMT

February 15, 2017 - 9:51am

Three full days of facility management (FM) education, speakers, networking with peers and a giant expo hall are available at no cost to National Institute of Building Sciences members and friends at the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference & Expo (NFMT) 2017, to be held March 7-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

With more than 120 free educational sessions to choose from, you can customize your NFMT facilities management training schedule to specifically address your essential topics of interest. If you are responsible for the management, operations or maintenance of facilities, there is a session for you.

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

Be sure to attend the FMOC meeting, which will convene Wednesday afternoon, March 8 at 2:00 PM, in Room 333.

And don’t miss the session, Security and Sustainability Synergies and Conflicts Examined in the Whole Building Design Guide (R1.41) on Thursday, March 9, 9:00 AM, Room 341, presented by Richard Paradis, PE, BSCP Bd. Cert. NCE, Director of the Whole Building Design Guide.

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

Be sure to stop by the National Institute of Building Sciences display at Booth 2683 to learn more about FMOC, WBDG, the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and other Institute resources available to the FM community.

Download the NFMT Conference Brochure
Download the NFMT digital Conference Brochure. It includes the schedule at-a-glance, descriptions of more than 120 free educational sessions, hotel details, an exhibitor listing, networking events and much more.

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

Early-Bird Rate Ends Tomorrow for 2018 Festival’s Building Science Pavilion

February 14, 2017 - 10:17am

Host a Booth to Engage with the Next Generation of Building Professionals

The early-bird rate to participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Building Sciences Pavilion to inspire and engage the next generation of building industry professionals ends tomorrow.

The National Institute of Building Sciences is partnering with the Festival organizers to host a dedicated Building Sciences Pavilion at the 2018 Festival, to be held April 7-8, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Building industry firms and associations are invited to participate. The early-bird rate closes Wednesday, February 15.

Employers across the building industry are facing similar challenges in attracting and retaining talent to design, construct, operate and regulate buildings. Meanwhile, their existing workforce is nearing retirement. To combat these challenges, the National Institute of Building Sciences developed its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program, which is aimed at inspiring, engaging, educating and employing the next generation of building-related workers.

Under the STEM Education program, the Institute is working to bring together organizations from across the industry to promote the important and rewarding careers available and highlight the current and emerging technologies used by today’s workforce.

Last held in April 2016, the Festival attracted over 315,000 students and parents to explore science and technology across all STEM disciplines. During the 2016 Festival, 18 building-related organizations participated, creating an informal pavilion. Industry groups also produced an ad in Innovation & Technology Today, a media affiliate for the Festival. See a video of Building Science at the 2016 Festival.

The Institute and Festival organizers set a goal of recruiting 30 building-related organizations to participate in the 2018 Festival. Plan to join the Building Science Pavilion? Don’t wait! Early-bird registration to reserve a booth at the Festival ends tomorrow, February 15. Sign up now.

Support the Institute’s STEM Program
The Institute is fundraising to support its STEM-related activities, including the Mars City Facility Operations (Ops) Challenge and the Building Sciences Career Center, which will both be featured at the 2018 Festival, as well as to help fund the coordination of the building industry at the Festival and in other venues. Donate to support the Institute’s STEM activities.

New Report Looks at Energy and Water Performance of Sports Venues

February 7, 2017 - 4:23pm

Input Wanted from Stadium and Arena Operators and Managers

It might not seem like installing a low-flush toilet would have much impact on the daily water use of a family of four, but think what a difference it could make at one football stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. Consider the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, the location of this week’s game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. It has a seating capacity of 71,795, not including the thousands of vendors, security personnel and half-time participants, not to mention the teams themselves. Now, think about the impact that low-flush toilet could have.

A new report released today by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance looks at ways the nation’s sports venues can make an impact by reducing their energy and water use. The report, Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues, considers the potential water and energy reductions the U.S. sports sector could make, and highlights the financial savings some leagues and teams are already seeing from putting such efficiency initiatives into place. The two organizations released the report during the 43rd Annual Stadium Managers Association Seminar, being held February 5 – 9, 2017, in Huntington Beach, California.

“Nothing captures the attention of Americans quite like sports,” said National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “When stadiums and arenas—some of the largest buildings in the nation—set high-performance building goals, it is something everyone can cheer for. We thank representatives from across the sports industry for contributing to this research, and look forward to seeing sports venues take steps to improve their energy and water efficiency.”

Over 240 million fans visit sports venues annually. Total square footage of these facilities easily reaches into the hundreds of millions. Sports teams and clubs employ nearly 60,000 people and generate $22.6 billion in annual revenue. The opportunity for these facility owners to improve energy and water performance of their venues, reduce operating costs and engage their communities is enormous.

“This report is a valuable resource for advancing energy and water performance across the sports industry and further making the business case for sustainability,” said Justin Zeulner, Green Sports Alliance executive director. “Our sports members will benefit from the continued sharing of innovative solutions that emphasize the importance of measuring and tracking energy and water use at sports venues. When we all PLAY GREENER, we all win.”

The report looks at the progress already being made in the nation’s sports venues, challenges to widespread improvement and opportunities to move forward.

In 2016, a project team of representatives from the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance began working on this project with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The team looked at the existing data; conducted workshops and webinars; launched an industry survey; and interviewed representatives from across the sports industry. More than 125 industry representatives participated in these activities, and an additional 20,000 stakeholders received information on the project. This report compiles that data and sets a path for future implementation.

Interested in the findings? Download the report, Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues.

Are you a stadium or arena manager? The survey is still open. Take the survey.

Want more information? The Green Sports Alliance will be hosting a webinar to discuss the report on March 15, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET (10:00 to 11:00 am PT). Register now.

About Green Sports Alliance

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where people live and play. The Alliance inspires sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Alliance members represent nearly 400 sports teams and venues from 15 sports leagues in 14 countries. Visit greensportsalliance.org for more information.

Sign Up Now to Reach the Next Generation of Building Professionals in 2018

February 7, 2017 - 10:57am

Early-Bird Rates End February 15 for USA Science & Engineering Festival
Building Sciences Pavilion

Now is the time to lock in an early-bird rate to participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Building Sciences Pavilion to inspire and engage the next generation of building industry professionals.

The National Institute of Building Sciences is partnering with the Festival organizers to host a dedicated Building Sciences Pavilion at the 2018 Festival, to be held April 7-8, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Building industry firms and associations are invited to participate. Sign up by February 15 to get the early-bird rate.

Employees across the building industry are facing similar challenges in attracting and retaining talent to design, construct, operate and regulate buildings. Meanwhile, their existing workforce is nearing retirement. To combat these challenges, the National Institute of Building Sciences developed its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program, which is aimed at inspiring, engaging, educating and employing the next generation of building-related workers.

Under the STEM Education program, the Institute is working to bring together organizations from across the industry to promote the important and rewarding careers available and highlight the current and emerging technologies used by today’s workforce.

Last held in April 2016, the Festival attracted over 315,000 students and parents to explore science and technology across all STEM disciplines. During the 2016 Festival, 18 building-related organizations participated, creating an informal pavilion. Industry groups also produced an ad in Innovation & Technology Today, a media affiliate for the Festival. See a video of Building Science at the 2016 Festival.

The Institute and Festival organizers set a goal of recruiting 30 building-related organizations to participate in the 2018 Festival. Plan to join the Building Science Pavilion? Don’t wait too long! Early-bird registration to reserve a booth at the Festival ends February 15, 2017. Sign up now.

Support the Institute’s STEM Program
The Institute is fundraising to support its STEM-related activities, including the Mars City Facility Operations (Ops) Challenge and the Building Sciences Career Center, which will both be featured at the 2018 Festival, as well as to help fund the coordination of the building industry at the Festival and in other venues. Donate to support the Institute’s STEM activities.

Don’t Miss WBDG, FMOC at NFMT

February 6, 2017 - 2:38pm

Institute Members Attend for Free

Attend the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFMT), to be held March 7-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center, in Baltimore, Maryland, to keep up with best practices and innovations in facility management (FM) and operations, including security, energy management, sustainability, building technologies, communication and data infrastructure in the built environment. While there, don’t miss the chance to learn about National Institute of Building Sciences activities and strategies relating to the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) and the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®. Institute members who register in advance can attend NFMT for free!

Choose from more than 100 free sessions on FM topics delivered by leading authorities in facilities management. This year, the NFMT Conference includes one educational session presented by Institute staff:

Security and Sustainability Synergies and Conflicts Examined
in the Whole Building Design Guide (R1.41)

presented by Richard Paradis, PE, BSCP Bd. Cert. NCE
Director, Whole Building Design Guide

Thursday, March 9, 9:00 AM, Room 341

And be sure not to miss the FMOC meeting, which will convene Wednesday afternoon, March 8 at 2:00 PM, in Room 333.

In addition to the wealth of educational content presented at NFMT, the event also provides attendees with the opportunity to explore new products and technologies in the exhibit hall. Get direct access to hundreds of manufacturers and service providers. Be sure to stop by the National Institute of Building Sciences display at Booth 2683 to learn more about FMOC, WBDG, the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and other Institute resources available to the FM community.

Download the NFMT Conference Brochure
Download the NFMT digital Conference Brochure. It includes the schedule at-a-glance, descriptions of more than 100 free educational sessions, hotel details, an exhibitor listing, networking events and much more.

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