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Building Innovation 2018 Opening Keynote to Highlight Ways to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure

News & Press - November 27, 2017 - 11:52am

Daddazio to Focus on Resilience and Infrastructure

The president of Thornton Tomasetti, Raymond P. Daddazio, EngScD, PE, will serve as the Opening Keynote Speaker during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, to be held Tuesday, January 9, 8:00 am – 10:00 am ET, in Washington, D.C.

The Building Innovation 2018 theme is Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. In his presentation, Mr. Daddazio will build on that theme, focusing on resilience and how infrastructure plays a major role in securing our communities for the future. He will provide his insights; highlight case studies; share best practices, lessons learned and remaining challenges; as well as offer his thoughts on long-term planning, whole building design, sustainability and the interchange between buildings and supporting infrastructure from the engineering point of view.

Mr. Daddazio provides strategic and operational leadership for Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering design and analysis firm. During his nearly 40-year career, he has held various leadership roles, including that of president and CEO of Weidlinger Associates, which merged with Thornton Tomasetti in 2015. He was formerly director of Weidlinger’s Applied Science & Investigations practice, and oversaw all of the firm’s advanced analysis and R&D activity.

He has extensive experience in the development and application of advanced analysis techniques to structural engineering problems. Mr. Daddazio has been a principal investigator for the U.S. Government’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, as well as supporting shock and vibration programs for the U.S. Navy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has participated in the structural hardening of transportation infrastructure throughout New York City.

A licensed professional engineer in New York, Mr. Daddazio is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Industry Leaders Council, a fellow of the Society’s Engineering Mechanics Institute and a member of its Board of Governors. He is a director emeritus of the New York Building Congress and the current chairperson of the Metropolitan Region of ACEC New York. He also serves on the industry advisory committee for Columbia University’s Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and is chair emeritus of the Board of Visitors of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

In addition to Mr. Daddazio’s opening keynote, Building Innovation 2018 will include 20 different educational sessions featuring 35 presentations by 55 expert speakers. Sessions will offer continuing education credits worth a total of 31 learning units (LUs) from the American Institute of Architects and 3.1 continuing education units (CEUs) for a total of 31 contact hours from the International Code Council.

On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon; the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet, where the Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green™ Awards; the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast; and the Thursday Luncheon.

View the full schedule of events.

Choose to join us for the Opening Keynote Breakfast or for the full Conference. Register now and save. The early-bird rate ends November 30, 2017. Save as much as $250 off onsite registration. Sign up today!

Secure your hotel room at the five-star Mandarin Oriental before it's too late. The Conference hotel, located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., provides a special discounted rate to Building Innovation 2018 attendees. Reserve your room for $175 before the deadline Friday, December 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET. Make your reservations online or call (202) 787-6140 and mention "Building Innovation Conference."

2018 FEDCon® Keynote Will Highlight WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®

News & Press - November 16, 2017 - 3:07pm

Join Us as We Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Resource

Each year, FEDCon® gives private-sector architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers an insight into the construction process of the different agencies of the U.S. federal government. The 2018 FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast, scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo, will spotlight the work of many federal agencies through a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®.

WBDG is an internet-based portal to a wide range of federal- and private-sector building-related guidance criteria and technology. It creatively links information across traditional professional disciplines to encourage integrated thinking and “whole building” performance. Federal agencies, as well as private-sector companies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions all contributed their information and resources to develop the WBDG. More than 400,000 visitors make more than 1.5 million page views on the site each month.

During the 2018 FEDCon® event, Earle Kennett, former Senior Vice President (retired) of the Institute; Bernard Deneke, PE, Director, Engineering Criteria and Programs, Naval Facility Engineering Command; and Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, Specifications and Standards Criteria Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chair of the WBDG Advisory Council, will present the history, successes and performance of the WBDG. Find out how the WBDG has grown over the past 20 years from a resource for federal agencies to share their construction criteria into a comprehensive library of over 6,000 design criteria, other construction documents and executable programs from federal and private organizations that is visited by users from all around the world. Learn how users benefit from this vast collection of centralized and easily accessible information, available to anyone with access to the World Wide Web.

Attend the FEDCon® Breakfast Thursday, January 11, 2018, and gain insights into the making and maintaining of the WBDG and how you can make it work for your projects. 

In addition to this FEDCon® Keynote, Building Innovation 2018 will include 20 different educational sessions featuring 35 presentations by 55 expert speakers. Sessions will offer attendees continuing education units from both the American Institute of Architects and the International Code Council.

On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote; the Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch, where exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon Keynote Address; and the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet, where the Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and the Beyond Green™ awards.

View the full schedule of events.

Elect to join us for the FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast or attend the full Conference. Early-bird rates end November 30. Register now and save up to  $250 off the onsite registration rates. Don’t wait. Register today!

Volunteer and Save: Students Needed to Assist at Building Innovation 2018

News & Press - November 14, 2017 - 11:55am

Students interested in attending Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., already receive a discounted price on registration. However, there’s a chance to attend the Conference for FREE as a volunteer.

This is the perfect opportunity for students interested in building industry-related careers to expand their construction knowledge and interact with some of the industry’s leading experts.

For four impactful days, Building Innovation 2018 is set to deliver an engaging program that will explore strategies that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure.  Plan to be there where Science meets Design® for a compelling program intended to engage the entire team of building professionals in creating innovative solutions for the built environment.

In addition to taking advantage of educational sessions, volunteers can hear from industry leaders during keynote addresses; network with industry colleagues during social events; view the latest in industry products and services on the Exhibit Hall floor; gain inspiration from industry pioneers honored during two award ceremonies and sit in on working Council and Committee meetings to witness the Institute in action.

Conference sessions include:

Day 2: Tuesday, January 9

  • TU2A: Are We Resilient and Sustainable? Evaluation Tools to Make the Case 
  • TU2B: Managing Data Across the Facility Life Cycle
  • TU3A: Confronting the Multiple Dimensions of Resilient and Sustainable Building Design
  • TU3B: Challenges and Opportunities in Regulating Existing Buildings
  • TU4A: Meeting High-Performance Goals through Timber Construction
  • TU4B: Incremental and Holistic Opportunities to Improve Building Performance

Day 3: Wednesday, January 10

  • WE1A: Advanced Technology and the Future of Buildings, Cities & Infrastructure
  • WE1B: Putting Your Best Façade Forward
  • WE2A: Using Technology to Move the Industry Forward
  • WE2B: Delivering on the Promise: The Important Roles of Air Barriers and Commissioning
  • WE3A: Focusing on Facility Management from the Start
  • WE3B: Zero-Energy Geophysicists: Revolutionary Renovation of AGU Headquarters
  • WE4A: Technology as a Tool: Facilitating Coordination Across a Building's Life Cycle
  • WE4B: Liability and Risks in the Pursuit of High-Performance Buildings

Day 4: Thursday, January 11

  • TH2A: Climate Resilience: Adaptive Design and Risk Management
  • TH2B: 3D-Printing in the Built Environment: Today and Tomorrow
  • TH3A: Can the Workforce Deliver? Meeting Today's Challenges of Climate Change Risk and Operational Performance
  • TH3B: Improving Healthcare Quality, Affordability and Access through Integrated Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • TH4A: Aligning Sustainability and Health in Renovating the ASLA Headquarters
  • TH4B: Designing for Disasters: Minimizing Explosion and Earthquake Exposure

Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast; the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where Exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon; and the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast. (Volunteers also are welcome to attend Day One: Monday, January 8, to get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings.)

The Institute is looking for student volunteers to serve as room monitors, scan badges and assist with other duties as needed. For their three-day time commitment (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), volunteers receive a Full Conference registration, including lunches, and will be provided time to attend sessions and keynote addresses.

Students interested in volunteering should email their name, university, major, professor and contact information to Gretchen Hesbacher at ghesbacher@nibs.org, subject line: “I want to volunteer.” Volunteer requests are due no later than Friday, December 8, 2017.

Please note, travel expenses and hotel accommodations are not included. If you need a hotel room, be sure to take advantage of our room block and the discounted rate at the Mandarin Oriental, which is providing a special Conference rate of $175. Mention the "Building Innovation Conference & Expo" when making your reservations. Reserve your room by the deadline, Friday, December 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET, to secure this rate and availability. Make your reservations online or call (202) 787-6140.

Due to the time constraints, international students requiring a VISA will not be considered.

Not a student, but still interested in volunteering? Submit an email. Decisions will be made on an individual basis.

View a full list of activities being held at Building Innovation 2018.

The Institute Appoints Jury for 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards

News & Press - November 13, 2017 - 3:12pm

Award Recipients to Be Honored during Building Innovation 2018

“Welcome to the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards jury,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “This year’s jury has a diverse range of experience in achieving high performance in a variety of building types. I thank them for participating on the jury and look forward to seeing who 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 extended November 15 deadline.

Deane M. Evans, FAIA, is director of the Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. CBK is a multi-disciplinary research and technical assistance center focused on improving the performance of buildings and communities. A registered architect, Evans has over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors in creating and disseminating information on high-performance buildings; including jobs as: senior principal at Steven Winter Associates, a building systems consulting firm; vice president for research at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.; and the founding director of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Evans helped initiate the Beyond Green™ Awards Program when he served as vice-chair of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.

Justin J. Zeulner, executive director and co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance, is one of the principal leaders of the sports greening movement. Zeulner has helped guide the Green Sports Alliance in reaching critical mass and major influence within the global sports industry. Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Zeulner was a senior program developer at Vulcan, Inc., the philanthropic and innovation company founded by Paul G. Allen. In this role, he was responsible for public engagement and campaign development around conservation and climate change. Prior to that, he served as senior director for sustainability and public affairs for the Portland Trail Blazers. Among his accomplishments there, he was directly involved in economic development, government relations and environmental initiatives that led to the Trail Blazers assuming a leadership role in the sports greening movement and the Moda Center achieving LEED Gold status, the first LEED Gold existing building in professional sports in the world. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Zeulner is a native of Portland, Oregon.

Bill Updike is a principal with Integral Group. He focuses on the company’s sustainable consulting practice as well as assisting with business development for their deep green engineering practice. Prior to joining Integral Group, Updike served as the chief of the Green Building and Climate Branch in the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, where he was responsible for policies and programs related to green building, climate change and other built environment sustainability planning for the city. Prior to joining the department, he worked as a project manager for a renewable energy company, as a green building construction manager for a design/build firm and as an outside sales representative for a green building supply company. In the early part of his career, Updike worked as an environmental journalist for two national magazines. He received one of the inaugural BOLD Awards at Greenbuild in 2015 and a Living Building Challenge Hero Award from the International Living Future Institute, also in 2015. Updike holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. 

Evans, Zeulner and Updike will select the winners of the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards from all of the entries submitted. The 2017 award categories include: High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities.

In a change of venue, the Institute will recognize the 2017 award winners on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 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 Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at midnight.

The Awards Banquet is one of a number of events taking place during Building Innovation 2018—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, January 8-11, at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. Find out more about the Conference.

You may attend the Awards ceremony or the entire Conference. Register for tickets.

BSSC Training Courses Now Available On-Demand

News & Press - November 9, 2017 - 4:17pm

Learn about the Changes in 2015 NEHRP Provisions, ASCE/SEI 7-16

The popular series of 2017 webinars presented by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) is now available online. These courses cover some of the latest changes on seismic design and analysis. The courses highlight the 2015 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, which was adopted by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) ASCE/SEI-7-16 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

The topics include:

The BSSC hosted the series of seven live webinars earlier this year, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Many building industry professionals were unable to attend, so the Institute has made the courses available online for a nominal fee. Now professionals can take these well-attended, highly touted continuing education courses at their own convenience.

EARN AND LEARN

Learn about the latest strategies on seismic design featured in the 2015 NEHRP Provisions and ASCE/SEI 7-16 and earn continuing education credit at the same time. All of the courses are approved by the American Institute of Architects and the International Code Council. Engineers are eligible to earn 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for each course, code officials are eligible to earn 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and architects are eligible to earn 1.0 health/safety/welfare (HSW) CEU. Take a course now.

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Check Out the Session Speakers at Building Innovation 2018

News & Press - November 7, 2017 - 4:21pm

Learn from the Experts, Get Up to Speed on Informative Topics

The impressive lineup of session speakers at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo includes industry leaders, public-sector authorities and academia. During the four-day Conference, to be held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., fifty-five expert speakers will cover a wide variety of topics to explore strategies that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure.

Building Innovation 2018 will start with council and committee meetings on Monday, followed by 35 presentations in 20 different educational sessions scheduled over the next three days. The program offers many opportunities to expand your knowledge and learn about the latest techniques and technologies on a variety of subjects. From three-dimensional printing and timber construction to climate resilience and healthcare quality, the session presentations run the gamut. Don’t miss the chance to learn from the experts while interacting with professionals from across the building industry.

Plan to join us where Science meets Design at Building Innovation 2018 to hear from great speakers and participate in an exciting program. Register before November 15, 2017, and save up to $250 off onsite registration rates.

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