The National Institute of Building Sciences 2011 Annual Meeting, held December 5-9, 2011, in conjunction with Ecobuild America in Washington, D.C., was quite an event. It was a great opportunity for Institute members, partners and other building professionals to witness the Institute in action, while finding out the latest trends in technologies and developments for the building industry.
Many Institute councils and committees convened throughout the week, including the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors; Consultative Council and Coordinating Council; the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
(CFIRE); the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) and Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC); the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC); the buildingSMART alliance Board of Direction and bSa Membership; the Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC); the High Performance Building Council (HPBC); the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS); and the Whole Building Design Guide Board and Advisory Committee. In addition, there were meetings of the Haiti Working Group; the National BIM Standard-United States™ Planning and Project Committees; and the ProjNetSM User Group.
The Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium, which focused on "High Performance Light Framed Walls: Code Requirements, Durability, Constructability Concerns and Field Experiences,” was extremely well attended. The all-day event put the focus on upcoming code changes for light-framed walls. The BETEC Symposium speaker presentations are now available online.
The Institute coordinated dozens of educational sessions for the buildingSMART alliance™ Conference. The sessions were broken into four building information modeling (BIM) related threads, including: BIM in Education, BIM Standards, BIM Experience/User Apps and the BIM Life Cycle.
In their keynote session, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) Information Resource Management Division Director Robert E. Clarke and OBO Information Resource Management Application Development Branch Chief Danilo Stapula presented, "COBie and BIM: an Integrated Standards-Based Environment for Building Management." With more than 130 people in attendance, this exciting inside look at OBO kicked off the COBie events and served as the official keynote address of the 2011 Ecobuild America Conference.
The information exchange demonstrations that followed included the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) CMMS/CAFM Challenge, the Life Cycle Model (LCie) and Specifiers’ Properties information exchange (SPie).
During FEDCon® ‘11, attendees learned about federal agencies’ construction plans and budgets for the coming year directly from the decision makers as they shared the inside scoop on expected 2012 activities. Officials from a number of federal agencies, including the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, presented their construction budgets for the current year and planned budgets for future years. They discussed the types of buildings to be designed, offered regional and international construction information, and provided the overall direction of their design/construction programs. Mike Kangior, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave the keynote during a sit-down lunch. The FEDCon speaker presentations will be available online soon.
More than 100 Institute members and friends gathered to recognize industry leaders at the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Dinner. This year, the Institute presented awards to Michelle Fox, PhD, Chief Strategist for Education and Workforce Development for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Get W. Moy, PhD, PE, Vice President at AECOM; and Mila Kennett, Senior Program Manager in the Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division (IDD) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T). Read more about the award winners.
The Institute extends its thanks to the speakers for the various sessions, many of whom are dedicated members of the Institute’s own councils and committees. Their time and commitment to help educate and advance the building industry is greatly appreciated.
In January 2013, the Institute will hold its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet as part of a new, free-standing event. Mark the calendar now for Building Innovation 2013: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo. Scheduled for January 7-10, 2013, in Washington, D.C., the theme of the conference will be "Improving Resiliency through High Performance.” Additional information will be forthcoming over the next several months. Visit www.nibs.org/conference and sign up for updates.