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IAPMO to Serve as Building Innovation 2018 Technical Programs Sponsor

June 23, 2017 - 12:11pm

With planning underway for Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, the Institute welcomes the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) as the returning Technical Programs Sponsor. This is the third straight year that IAPMO has taken the role.

Building Innovation 2018, to be held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., is 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. The Conference Planning Team currently is working to put together the technical program for the event, which will explore strategies to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure.

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 in leadership roles 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 2018. 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 2018 attendees.

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International Code Council to Be Top Sponsor for Building Innovation 2018

June 22, 2017 - 3:57pm

The International Code Council (ICC) has renewed its commitment to serve as the Conference Sponsor for Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. To be held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., Building Innovation 2018 will unite representatives from across the industry to discuss strategies and seek solutions to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure.

A Sustaining Organization Member of the Institute, ICC participates in leadership roles on a number of Institute councils and committees and ICC members serve on the Institute Board of Directors. Since the Institute’s founding more than four decades ago, ICC and the Institute have collaborated on numerous projects to improve the safety of U.S. communities. This is the third year in a row that the ICC has taken the lead sponsorship role in the Building Innovation Conference series.

Building Innovation 2018 gives building professionals from across the industry the chance to witness the Institute’s impact on the industry; 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 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 2018. 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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Institute Issues Recommendations to the 45th President

June 16, 2017 - 10:26am

Highlights Key Building-Related Concerns

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1974, the National Institute of Building Sciences has, from its beginnings, served as an authoritative source of information on building science and technology. More than four decades since its founding, this non-profit, non-governmental organization still brings the public and private sectors together to find solutions to make buildings better, safer, more economical places to live, work, play and learn.

With those concerns in mind, the Institute sent a number of building-related recommendations to the Trump Administration today.

The over-arching priorities are to:

  • Make Buildings More Resilient to Natural Disasters
  • Protect Federal Investments
  • Facilitate Government’s Relationship with the Private Sector
  • Support Businesses and Homeowners
  • Establish and Maintain a Skilled Workforce

The Institute offers a number of actions that the Trump Administration; federal agencies; state and local governments; and the building industry can take to achieve safer, high-performance buildings and communities that will save the government, businesses, building owners and families money in the long term.

From seismic safety to building information modeling, members of the Institute’s Councils and Committees—among them some of the most renowned experts in their respective fields—address a wide range of building-related issues. Over the course of its 43-year history, the Institute has offered presidents, the U.S. Congress and federal agencies input, testimonies and recommendations on a host of building topics. The Institute continues to remain a non-partisan authoritative source for the federal government and the nation’s building industry.

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Two-Day Countdown Until Building Innovation 2018 Abstracts Due

June 14, 2017 - 3:15pm

Deadline Is This Friday, June 16

Time is running out to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. The deadline is this Friday, June 16, 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 2018, which will explore strategies to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure, is scheduled for January 8-11, 2018, 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 16.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 14. They will receive a complimentary registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50% discount on full registration. Find out more information on Building Innovation 2018.

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

July 7 BSSC Webinar on Wood Light-Frame Construction

June 13, 2017 - 10:30am

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the fifth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Wood Light-Frame Buildings,” will be held Friday, July 7, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

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

This webinar will provide an introduction to the design of seismic force-resisting systems in wood light-frame buildings, intended to complement the wood design problems in Chapter 14 of FEMA P-1051. Presenter Kelly Cobeen, a member of BSSC’s Provisions Update Committee (PUC) and chair of PUC Issue Team 9: Rigid Wall Flexible Diaphragm and Alternate Provisions for Diaphragm Design, will introduce wood light-frame terminology, design and construction; shear wall concepts and example design calculations; diaphragm concepts and example design calculations; and discuss special seismic provisions for anchorage of concrete and masonry walls.

Cobeen is an associate principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in their San Francisco office, and is a registered civil and structural engineer. Her work experience includes a wide range of project types, sizes and construction materials, with a special interest in seismic resistance of light-frame construction. She has been involved in numerous code development, research and educational activities, including updates to the NEHRP Recommended Provisions; the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures; numerous Applied Technology Council publications; and International Building Code and International Residential Code development. Cobeen is coauthor of the Design of Wood Structures textbook.

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 “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Wood Light-Frame Buildings” webinar on July 7. 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 Extends Call for Abstracts

June 12, 2017 - 10:09am

Building Enclosure Submissions Due by August 1

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are extending the deadline to submit abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 16 – 18, 2018 at the historic Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Abstracts are due August 1, 2017.

From the submissions received, 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.

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 August 1, 2017. Submit an abstract.

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

 

One Week Left to Submit an Abstract to Present at Building Innovation 2018

June 9, 2017 - 10:41am

Online Submission Forms Are Due Friday, June 16

Potential presenters, there is only week left to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth 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 2018, which will explore strategies to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure, takes place January 8-11, 2018, 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 16.

If selected, speakers should be prepared to submit their final PowerPoint presentations and high-resolution headshot by Friday, October 14. They will receive a complimentary registration to attend the day of their speaking event or a 50% discount on full registration. Find out more information on Building Innovation 2018.

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

Consultative Council to Host Briefing During High Performance Building Week

June 1, 2017 - 4:27pm

Will Highlight Its Findings, Recommendations to Improve Built Environment

The National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council will host a briefing during High Performance Building Week to highlight its 2016 Moving Forward Report. The Congressional luncheon briefing, “Achieving a High-Performance Built Environment: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council,” will be held Tuesday, June 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cannon House Office Building, Room 122, in Washington, D.C.

Each year, the Consultative Council brings together key stakeholders from across the industry to examine the challenges and opportunities before both the industry and the nation. This briefing will provide insight from the Council’s 2016 report and focus on assuring a strong building industry workforce and the effective utilization of limited water resources. RSVP for the event.

High-performance buildings play a central role in solving some of the nation’s most pressing challenges. The High Performance Building Coalition works with members of Congress during High Performance Building Week—to be held June 5-9, 2017—and throughout the year to expand awareness of the importance of high-performance buildings.

“High-Performance Building Week is a time when the industry can come together with a unified voice to raise awareness of policy initiatives, organizational priorities and cutting-edge innovations that drive the construction and building industry throughout the country,” Dain Hansen, chair of the High Performance Building Coalition and senior vice president, government affairs at the IAPMO Group, said. “This year we have a full slate of briefings, receptions and a congressional lobby day to unveil the broadly supported policy and appropriation priorities for the industry. Buildings play a vital role as a part of America’s infrastructure, and Congress and the White House need to hear from our community in making sound policy.”

The theme of High Performance Building Week 2017 will focus on The Critical Role Buildings Play in America’s Infrastructure.

The Consultative Council’s briefing is just one of a number of events scheduled for High Performance Building Week. View the full list of events.

The National Institute of Building Sciences participates in High Performance Building Coalition activities and a number of Consultative Council members are also Coalition members. The High Performance Building Coalition provides guidance and support to the High Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress. The Coalition supports legislation and policies that protect life and property; promote innovative building technologies; enhance U.S. economic competitiveness; increase energy and water efficiency in the built-environment; advance sustainable and resilient communities; and support the development of private-sector standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns. More information can be found at www.hpbccc.org.

RSVP for High Performance Building Week events.

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.

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