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International Code Council Secures Title Sponsorship for NIBS Annual Meeting

September 25, 2019 - 4:38pm

Building Innovation 2020 is scheduled for April 6-9 in Arlington, Va.

(WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2019) ? The International Code Council aims to put a big stamp on the Building Innovation 2020 Conference & Expo in April.

The National Institute of Building Sciences recently signed with ICC for the presenting sponsorship of BI2020.

?We?re grateful to the International Code Council for its continued support and commitment to our annual conference,? says Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. ?This allows us to do so much for our attendees. We plan to deliver the best conference showcasing innovation in building sciences. This event will focus on resilience, technology and workforce, integrating unique attendee experiences into the content.?

This presenting sponsorship provides ICC with recognition on all print and electronic promotional materials for the conference, reserved tables during the general sessions, and a hospitality suite for meetings with conference attendees.

International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO, says ?the Code Council remains committed to events that tackle important issues regarding building performance and sustainability.?

?Emerging technologies help the built environment by improving its productivity, efficiency and eco-friendliness,? Sims said. ?We are proud to sponsor the Building Innovation Conference and Expo as it serves as a great opportunity for industry experts and innovators to come together and share new research and best practices.?

Building Innovation 2020 takes place April 6-9, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.

Additional sponsorships are available, for companies or organizations looking to be a part of the only meeting that brings together everyone who impacts the built environment to optimize building performance and find solutions around safety and security. A conference prospectus on sponsorship opportunities is available on the BI2020 site.

 

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit nibs.org or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

About ICC

The International Code Council provides a wide range of building safety solutions, including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable, and resilient structures.

Bringing Women Executives in Building Together: NIBS to Host Inaugural Event in October

September 9, 2019 - 11:20am

NIBS has invited female leaders from across the built environment to network and discuss industry issues, diversity, and thought leadership

(WASHINGTON, DC, September. 9, 2019) ? The National Institute of Building Sciences is hosting its first annual Women Executives in Building Summit on Oct. 4.

The event is being held at the headquarters of the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C.

Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS, says the concept for the summit was hashed out during a conversation with Andrea Rutledge, President and CEO of the Construction Management Association of America.

?This is an opportunity to bring together the unique and intelligent group of female leaders in the C-suite that represent building industry-related associations,? Woods said. ?This is a very niche group, but it is important for us to come together to learn, share, and grow.?

The NIBS team hand-picked the executives to be invited to the first annual summit.

Already, the response has been incredible, and the plan is to open up the event in 2020 to female business owners and C-suite leaders across the built environment.

 ?I am overwhelmed by the number of RSVPs and even those who have reached out to say they have a meeting conflict, but they want to be at the next event,? Woods said. ?The messages are reinforcing that this was the right idea at the right time, and I?m thankful to my association friends, key members of my leadership network, and an incredible staff team who share my excitement.?

 

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit nibs.org or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

National Institute of Building Sciences President & CEO Joins U.S. Green Building Council Board

August 26, 2019 - 10:36am

This is the first time the National Institute of Building Sciences has joined the USGBC board of directors

(WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 22, 2019) ? National Institute of Building Sciences President and CEO Lakisha Ann Woods has joined the U.S. Green Building Council board of directors.

Woods joins three other newly-elected board members to the council.

?I?m pleased to have a seat at the table of the U.S. Green Building Council,? says Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. ?This is a big opportunity to represent the interests of the greater building community and the government representatives who have charged us with creating the space to find sustainable solutions and to construct safe, affordable housing and commercial structures.?

A spokesperson with USGBC says the National Institute of Building Sciences is a new addition to the board.

?We?ve not had anyone from NIBS serve on our board before, and we?re very excited about the opportunities this presents to forge a stronger relationship between our organizations,? said Jennifer K. Druliner, vice president of governance with USGBC.

In its announcement, USGBC says the new board members were selected for their ?deep expertise and broad experience in business and market development, organizational strategy and innovation, and nonprofit governance, as well as in sustainability and the built environment.?

In addition to Woods, the new board members include Dan McQuade, McQuade Consulting; Karen Weigert, Vice President, Business Strategy and Regional Operations, Slipstream; and Doug Woods, Co-Founder, DPR Construction. The council also just appointed Dr. Aaron Bernstein, associate director with Harvard University?s Center for Health and the Global Environment, as the new board chair.


About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit nibs.org or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.


About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

NIBS Opens Call for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2020

August 5, 2019 - 3:45pm

The NIBS? Annual conference will cover resilience, technology, and workforce. Speakers are invited to submit applications online.

The National Institute of Building Sciences is gearing up for the industry?s only conference for the entire building community to connect, collaborate, and design solutions for the built environment ? and it?s looking for speakers.

Building Innovation 2020 will take place April 6-9, 2020, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.

This year?s conference is the eighth iteration of the annual meeting. It?s being refreshed with  three days of education focused on resilience, technology, and workforce.

Preparations now are underway. NIBS is reaching out to NIBS council and committee members and inviting industry professionals to present during the meeting.

Industry leaders with valuable insights, case studies, best practices, lessons learned and/or remaining challenges are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with a broad audience of building industry stakeholders.

Some things to consider:

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

Interested parties should submit a 200-word abstract, 150-word biography, learning objectives, and five keywords describing their presentation via the online form. NIBS strongly recommends submitting a video of a recent speaking engagement.

Abstracts are due by Friday, October 11. Promotional presentations on products or services will not be considered.

If selected, speakers will need to submit a high-resolution headshot and final PowerPoint presentation by Friday, February 7. Speakers will receive a complimentary conference registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50% discount on full registration.

For more information on Building Innovation 2020, visit buildinginnovation.org.

NIBS Wins Award for National Guidelines to Reduce Earthquake Risk

July 25, 2019 - 1:09pm

American Society of Association Executives honors the organization for its program to aid construction and keep communities safe

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) earned a 2019 Power of A Silver Award for its National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Seismic Provisions. These guidelines aim to reduce seismic risk and make the building process more efficient, including design and construction. 

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) honored the program launched by NIBS? Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), which leads the development of nationally applicable seismic regulations for buildings that integrate into the model building code.

?We applaud the National Institute of Building Sciences for creating and implementing such a collaborative initiative that strengthens society,? said Sharon J. Swan, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and chair of the Power of A Judging Committee. ?Its initiative exemplifies how no other sector helps improve lives as comprehensively as the association community.?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the BSSC. Prior to 1979, homebuyers were faced with widely varying seismic provisions in building codes and standards, meaning that many had ineffective earthquake protection in their homes.

?This council has marked a tremendous shift in industry standards with regard to earthquake safety and seismic regulations,? said Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. "The work of our council over the last 40 years is saving lives."

Because of the NEHRP Seismic Provisions, there is a streamlined process for providing seismic building code regulations in the U.S. Studies have found that incorporation of the latest 2015 NEHRP Seismic Provisions into the code greatly reduces building loss, with a benefit-cost ratio of 12:1.

ASAE?s Power of A Awards are the industry?s highest honor, recognizing the association community?s valuable contributions on the local, national, and global levels. The Power of A Awards reward the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who tirelessly work to solve problems and strengthen the workforce and economy.

NIBS Wins Award for Major Study to Reduce the Effects of Natural Disasters

July 25, 2019 - 11:17am

The Mitigation Saves report highlights safety and strategies to prevent injury and property loss

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) earned a 2019 Power of A Silver Award for its Mitigation Saves Study, a multi-year study on natural hazard mitigation.

The American Society of Association Executives honored the study, which was launched by NIBS to highlight the significant savings that result from implementing mitigation strategies. The goal of the study is to increase safety, prevent property loss, and reduce disruption of day-to-day life within communities.

?We applaud the National Institute of Building Sciences for creating and implementing such a collaborative initiative that strengthens society,? said Sharon J. Swan, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and chair of the Power of A Judging Committee. ?Its initiative exemplifies how no other sector helps improve lives as comprehensively as the association community.?

The Mitigation Saves Study was a collaborative effort organized by NIBS? Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC). Thirteen national experts developed the methodology with oversight of 24 independent experts, who peer-reviewed the work and confirmed results. In total, about 130 participants across about 70 organizations participated the study through the coordinated effort under MMC.

?This study identifies ways to protect over 200 million Americans, and their properties, from natural disasters each year,? said Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS.

 The Mitigation Saves Study provides scientific evidence that demonstrates that mitigation lessens the financial impact of disasters on local businesses, communities, and taxpayers, enabling individuals and communities to rapidly recover from these events when they occur. Ultimately, the study found that adopting model codes saves $11 for every $1 spent on mitigation efforts.

ASAE?s Power of A Awards are the industry?s highest honor, recognizing the association community?s valuable contributions on the local, national, and global levels. The Power of A Awards reward the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who tirelessly work to solve problems and strengthen the workforce and economy.