More than 3,000 affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and others with an interest in building enclosures participate in Building Enclosure Councils (BECs) around the country.
The Councils promote the exchange of information and encourage discussion on matters concerning building enclosures and related science, such as training, education, technology transfer, weather conditions and local issues and cases.
The Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) of the National Institute of Building Sciences and the American Institute of Architects signed an agreement to establish the BEC initiative on May 18, 2004.
Their initial goal was to have local AIA components establish at least nine BECs by May of 2007. Since then, the program has founded 26 chapters, representing both cities and states. There are currently BEC Chapters in:
Want to get involved in your local BEC? Contact the Chair of the local BEC Chapter in your region to find out about how you can participate in meetings and join your local Council.
Don't see a BEC Chapter listed for your area? If your city/region does not have a BEC Chapter yet, consider establishing one. Learn how.
To find out about local and regional BEC Chapter activities, contact your local Council Chair. To establish a new BEC Chapter, contact BETEC Chair Fiona Aldous or Vice-Chair Whitney Okon.
For questions relating specifically to the activities of the BEC-National coordinating committee, please contact:
Philip J. Schneider, AIA
Building Enclosure Council - National
National Institute of Building Sciences
1090 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-1092 Fax