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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.

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.

NIBS Collaborates on Primer to Help Buildings Professionals Navigate Energy Industry

July 23, 2018 - 10:40am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download the primer.

To learn more about the different topics, visit the WBDG

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

July 19, 2018 - 2:23pm

Agree to Avoid Duplicating Building Enclosure Commissioning Efforts

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

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

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

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

About the National Institute of Building Sciences

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

About ASTM International

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

About RCI, Inc.

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

 

Spotlight a Cutting-Edge Project that Goes Beyond Green?

July 12, 2018 - 5:52pm

Across the United States, designers, builders, owners, government agencies, manufacturers and others are going beyond the status quo to achieve high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. Now is the time to show off advancements and gain recognition for those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. Enter those cutting-edge projects and activities for a chance to win a National Institute of Building Sciences 2018 Beyond Green? High-Performance Building and Community Award.

The Beyond Green? Awards distinguish those projects and activities that best demonstrate the eight high-performance attributes: sustainability, accessibility, aesthetics, cost effectiveness, functionality, productivity, historical sensitivity, and safety and security (resilience). The nomination categories include: High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities.

The Beyond Green? Awards jury will review all of the entries received by the October 31, 2018, deadline, and make their final selections. The Beyond Green? High-Performance Building & Community Award winners will be invited to present their projects and receive their awards at the Annual Awards Banquet, to be held during Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo, the week of January 7-10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. During the awards presentation, winners will have an opportunity to share their project results directly with leaders from across the building industry, and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced on their high-performance projects.

The winning selections will appear as case studies on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide? website. Additional recognition will include an announcement in the Institute?s newsletter, a plaque and potential inclusion in future Institute technical guidelines and publications.

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Beyond Green? Awards is Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Take this opportunity to recognize a deserving high-performance project. Submit an entry today!

Last Call: Building Innovation 2019 Abstracts Due Tomorrow

June 28, 2018 - 4:45pm

This is the final chance to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo. Potential presenters have until tomorrow, Friday, June 29, at midnight ET. Don?t miss the opportunity to speak at the industry?s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. Building Innovation 2019, which will explore strategies for Optimizing for Tomorrow, will take place January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The Institute?s Conference Planning Team invites industry professionals to present during the four-day Conference. Industry leaders with valuable insights, case studies, best practices, lessons learned and/or remaining challenges are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the broad audience of building industry stakeholders.

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

Interested parties should submit a 200-word abstract, a 150-word biography, learning objectives and five keywords describing their presentation via the online application. Promotional presentations on products or services will not be considered. Abstracts are due Friday, June 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. They will receive a complimentary registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50% discount on full registration. For more information on Building Innovation 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

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

Only One Week Left to Submit an Abstract

June 22, 2018 - 10:57am

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

Time is ticking away to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo. Potential presenters have only one week left before the June 29 deadline. Don?t miss the opportunity to speak at the industry?s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. Building Innovation 2019, which will explore strategies for Optimizing for Tomorrow, will take place January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The Institute?s Conference Planning Team invites industry professionals to present during the four-day Conference. Industry leaders with valuable insights, case studies, best practices, lessons learned and/or remaining challenges are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the broad audience of building industry stakeholders.

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

Interested parties should submit a 200-word abstract, a 150-word biography, learning objectives and five keywords describing their presentation via the online application. Promotional presentations on products or services will not be considered. Abstracts are due Friday, June 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. They will receive a complimentary registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50% discount on full registration. For more information on Building Innovation 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

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

IAPMO Returns as Building Innovation 2019 Technical Programs Sponsor

June 20, 2018 - 2:36pm

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

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

During the Conference?s four days of content-rich programs and events, IAPMO will receive recognition for its support as Technical Programs Sponsor through prominent signage, podium acknowledgements, logo placements, web links, program listings, publicity and advertisements. IAPMO is a Sustaining Organization Member of the Institute and its representatives participate on a number of Institute councils and committees.

Join IAPMO in supporting the building environment and the Institute?s mission. Sponsor, exhibit and advertise to reach the broadest industry audience at Building Innovation 2019. There are a number of affordable options available to build recognition, gain exposure and make a lasting impression for products, services, programs and technologies with the Building Innovation 2019 attendees.

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

June 14, 2018 - 3:40pm

Online Submission Forms Are Due Friday, June 29

Potential presenters, there are only two weeks left to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference and Expo. Don?t miss the opportunity to participate in the industry?s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment. Building Innovation 2019, which will explore strategies for Optimizing for Tomorrow, will take place January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The Institute?s Conference Planning Team invites industry professionals to present during the four-day Conference. Industry leaders with valuable insights, case studies, best practices, lessons learned and/or remaining challenges are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the broad audience of building industry stakeholders.

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

Interested parties should submit a 200-word abstract, a 150-word biography, learning objectives and five keywords describing their presentation via the online application. Promotional presentations on products or services will not be considered. Abstracts are due Friday, June 29.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 29. They will receive a complimentary registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50% discount on full registration. For more information on Building Innovation 2019, visit www.nibs.org/Conference2019.

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

ICC to Serve as Building Innovation 2019 Conference Sponsor

June 11, 2018 - 2:33pm

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

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

Building Innovation 2019 will gather different facets of the building community to facilitate an interchange of ideas and viewpoints; present the latest advancements in technology; address the industry?s priorities and concerns; and work to develop solutions. While at the Conference, attendees can interact with industry experts and innovators; gain a wealth of information through educational programs; earn continuing education units; and share their expertise and experiences.

As the top sponsor, ICC will be featured throughout the Conference venue and on the Exhibit Hall floor. There are many other opportunities for sponsorships and exhibit spaces during Building Innovation 2019. Companies interested in showing their support for the Institute and the building community can reserve a sponsorship and/or exhibitor space online.

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