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Dates to Know

January 21-25, 2012
2012 ASHRAE Winter Conference
Chicago, IL

January 23-25, 2012
AHR Expo
Chicago, IL

January 24-26, 2012
School & College Building Expo
Orlando, FL

February 7-9, 2012
Carbon Management Technology Conference
Orlando, FL

February 7-10, 2012
NASEO-ASERTTI Energy Policy Conference
Washington, DC

February 8-11, 2012
2012 NAHB International Builders’ Show
Orlando, FL

February 22-24, 2012
ESRI Federal GIS Conference
Washington, DC

February 28-March 3, 2012
NCMA Annual Convention
Orlando, FL 

March 1-3, 2012
The Precast Show/ICON Expo
Orlando, FL 

March 7-8, 2012
GLOBALCON/AEE Conference & Expo
Atlantic City, NJ

March 13-15, 2012
2012 NFMT
Baltimore, MD

March 13-17, 2012
AGC Annual Convention
Honolulu, HI

March 14-17, 2012
International Equipment EXPO
San Antonio, TX

March 18-20, 2012
GANA BEC Conference & Tradeshow
Las Vegas, NV

April 2-4, 2012
BEST3 Conference
Atlanta, GA

April 2-4, 2012
2012 FIATECH Technology Conference
Miami, FL

April 11-13, 2012
IFMA Facility Fusion Conference & Expo
Chicago, IL

April 18-21, 2012
NIA’s 57th Annual Convention
Scottsdale, AZ

May 17-19, 2012
AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition
Washington, DC

June 2-6, 2012
ASME 2012 Annual Meeting
Montreal, QB

June 11-14, 2012
NFPA Conference & Expo
Las Vegas, NV

June 23-27, 2012
2012 ASHRAE Annual Conference
San Antonio, TX

June 24-26, 2012
BOMA 2012 International Conference & Every Building Show
Seattle, WA

September 13-15, 2012
CONSTRUCT2012 & The CSI Annual Convention
Phoenix, AZ

September 23-27, 2012
IAPMO 83rd Annual Education and Business Conference
Hollywood, FL

October 11-13, 2012
IALD Enlighten Americas 2012
Vancouver, BC

October 18-20, 2012
ASCE 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference
Montreal, QB

October 24-26, 2012
ATC&SEI Advances in Hurricane Engineering Conference
Miami, FL

October 27-31, 2012
2012 ASPE Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition
Charlotte, NC

November 11-13, 2012
2012 IES Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN

The Journals

Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM)

Journal of Building Enclosure Design (JBED)

Journal of Advanced and High-Performance Materials (JMAT)

Journal of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Assessment (JHAZ)

What's On WBDG

The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) recently updated its Functional/Operational Design Objective sections. The sections include Functional/Operational, Account for Functional Needs, Ensure Appropriate Product/System Integration and Meet Performance Objectives.

Industry News

ICC Voting Members Elect 2011-2012 Board President
International Code Council (ICC) members elected board officers and directors during the Annual Business Meeting of the 2011 Annual Conference in November in Phoenix. William (Bill) Dupler, deputy county administrator for community development for Chesterfield County, Virginia, was elected president. Dupler manages the operations of six county departments that form the Community Development Division. He has been extensively involved in code development as well as in increasing the profile of building safety professionals at the local, state and national level. Dupler has served on the ICC Board for seven years as a director, secretary/treasurer and vice president. Read the release.

Potter Inaugurated as 2012 AIA President
Jeffery Potter, FAIA, vice president of POTTER Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, was inaugurated as the 88th president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) during ceremonies held  December 9 at the Library of Congress. He succeeds Clark D. Manus, in representing the more than 76,000 AIA members. As a member of the national Board of Directors (2006-2009), Potter served on the AIA Board Advocacy Committee, Secretary’s Advisory Committee and was the 2008 chair of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education Jury. Learn about Potter.


December 2011

The Institute in Action 

2011 Annual Meeting Highlights Variety of Institute Activities
Conference Wrap-Up

The National Institute of Building Sciences 2011 Annual Meeting, held December 5-9, 2011, 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.

The Institute held more than 20 council and committee meetings during the week; hosted full-day events such as FEDCon® ‘11 and the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium; organized a number of industry information exchanges; and coordinated dozens of educational sessions for the buildingSMART alliance™ Conference. Plus, at its Annual Awards Reception and Banquet, the association recognized individuals that have provided outstanding service to the Institute. Overall, it was an action-packed, information-filled week highlighting the breadth of Institute activities. See the coverage.

Annual Awards Recognize Exceptional Service

Dr. Michelle Fox, (left photo, center), Dr. Get Moy (center photo, center), and Mila Kennett (right photo, center) receive their awards from Institute Chairman Jim. Sealy (left photo, right) and President Henry L. Green (left photo, left).

Each year, during an Annual Awards Reception and Dinner, the National Institute of Building Sciences recognizes individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to the Institute, the building community and the nation.

This year, Chairman Jim. W. Sealy, FAIA, presented the 2011 Honor Award 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), and the 2011 Member Award to Get W. Moy, PhD, PE, Vice President at AECOM. Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, presented the 2011 President’s Award to 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).

The Awards Dinner was held Wednesday, December 7, during the Institute’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. More than a hundred Institute members and supporters attended the event. Learn more about the winners.

2012 Executive Team, New Board Members Announced

The 2012 National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors is now in place. The Executive Team includes RK Stewart as chair, James "Tim” Ryan as vice chair, John Kelly as secretary and Edd Soenke as treasurer. New members to the Board include Wally Bailey, Cheryl English and Thomas Mitchell. In addition, Carl Baldassarra returns for a second term.

The Institute’s Nominations Committee recommended the slate of officers, returning board members and new members, which the Board unanimously approved in September. They join presiding Board members John Bender, C. Morgan Edwards, Bill Hardiman, Steve Hays, Gordon Holness, Susan Klawans, Dwight "Sonny” Richardson, Emory Rodgers, Charles Steger and Steven Winkel. View the announcement.

Institute Releases Report on Industry Data Needs in Response to CBECS Announcement

The National Institute of Building Sciences High-Performance Building Data Collection Initiative released a report December 6 addressing data needs of the building industry now that the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) is no longer scheduled for release by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The Initiative issued the report, Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings, during the 2011 National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Members of the Initiative also discussed recommendations and potential next steps. Read the release.


NCGBCS Board Nominations Wanted

The newly formed National Council of Governments of Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS) is seeking nominations for its Board of Direction. Eligible candidates include professionals who represent state and local agencies or departments concerned with state or local building codes, standards and regulations. Candidates will be selected to represent each of the four regions of the United States (Western, Midwestern, Southern and Northeastern), as well as two at-large directors.

Members of the NCGBCS Board of Direction will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Council and identifying worthwhile projects to support the advancement of building code adoption, enforcement and administration. Nominations are due January 15, 2012. Submit a resume.

Institute to Hold Independent Conference in 2013
Excerpt: Letter to the Membership from President Henry Green

For the past three years…the National Institute of Building Sciences has been a sponsor of the Ecobuild America Conference…This has been an enjoyable and mutually beneficial experience, which has provided opportunities for the Institute to work with other organizations … We thank AEC Science & Technology, the producer of Ecobuild America, for the opportunities it has provided the Institute and for our shared successes ... However, it is in the best interest of the Institute that we now separate our meetings and provide a new, independent venue for our programs.

In January 2013, the Institute will hold its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet as part of a new, free-standing event…This conference will include those programs the Institute and its councils previously held during the past several years at Ecobuild America, and continue to provide training and educational offerings…Building Innovation 2013: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo is scheduled for January 7-10, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be "Improving Resiliency through High Performance…” We hope you will plan to join us in what we expect will be a successful and exciting program of events. Read the full letter.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

DHS Webinar Highlights Cutting-Edge Resiliency Tools

Don’t miss the chance to learn about the latest security and resiliency tools available for buildings and infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate will host a webinar February 1, 2012, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET, highlighting the latest tools to improve the security and resilience of our nation’s buildings and infrastructure.

First responders, facility owners and managers, and members of the design community can all benefit from utilizing these tools to assess risk and resiliency from earthquakes, floods, wind, fire, explosives, ballistics and chemical, biological and radiological hazards and to plan for high performance outcomes. Each tool, including the Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) Tool, the Owners Performance Requirements (OPR) Tool and the Urban Blast Tool (UBT), provides risk and resilience assessments. The tools also are capable of analyzing a range of high-performance requirements, including safety, security, environmental footprint and energy conservation, sustainability, durability and continuity of operations.

Download the flyer for more information. Register today.

Public Comment Period Opens on FEMA Levee Analysis, Mapping

Starting this December 15, the public will have 45 days to provide comments on a new levee analysis and mapping approach from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

As part of the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA is responsible for analyzing and identifying the flood hazard associated with a 1-percent-annual-chance flood event or base flood event. The flood hazard associated with such an event is shown on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). Currently if a levee or other flood protection system does not meet the requirements, it is not "accredited” and FEMA maps the area as if the protection system does not exist. This approach is commonly referred to as the "without levee” approach. Given advances in data collection and flood hazard modeling, options that can be applied to a variety of situations would better meet the needs of the American public and provide more precise results.

Feedback is an important part of FEMA’s process for developing the new levee analysis and mapping approach. The public comment period ends January 30, 2012. Read the FEMA fact sheet. Visit the FEMA website. Submit comments.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Last Days to Save on the BEST3 Conference
Early Bird Registration Ends December 31

Time is running out to take advantage of the early bird rates for the National Institute of Building Sciences/Building Enclosure Council-Atlanta’s Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST3) Conference, to be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia, April 2-4, 2012. Registering now online could save you up to 35% over the cost of on-site registration.

Be there as the BEST3 Conference presenters hone in on hot topics for all industry professionals: building systems that deliver high energy efficiency, good indoor climate and long-term performance. Presentations by building envelope experts will offer the latest thinking on a gamut of technology and practice innovations. To view the complete program and design your own learning experience from three tracks, check the BEST3 website.

BETEC Symposium Presentations Now Available

No need to worry if your notes from the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium aren’t so comprehensible. The BETEC Symposium presentations are now available online.

The one-day symposium on "Light Framed Walls: Code Requirements, Durability, Constructability Concerns and Field Experiences," held December 6 at the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting, was chock-full of information. Here’s your opportunity to review content from any of the nine presentations that you may have missed on the first round or share information from a particularly relevant presentation with a colleague. Download the presentations now.

BEC Charleston Completes Net-Zero Energy House

Attendees tour this Net-Zero Energy home built by BEC Charleston and partners.

The 25 Building Enclosure Council (BEC) chapters around the country are not known for sitting still, but BEC Charleston may have earned the title of most hands-on chapter this year. It recently completed a Net-Zero Energy House in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

The chapter, along with partners East Cooper Habitat for Humanity and the East Cooper Rotary Club, as well as local media and community volunteers, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the house on December 9. The event culminated two-plus years of effort to provide a family of four with a new 1,300 square foot, three bedroom home.

The house will track energy performance data needed for further study and research. Final blower door results indicate the house is meeting its air tightness goals. The energy dashboard is logging and analyzing data from all circuits, including major systems such as solar hot water, photovoltaics and geothermal heat pump. The Net Metering panel is expected to provide a metric for on-site power production. Learn more about the NZEH.

Information Resources and Technologies



 NBIMS-US™ Version 2 Training Coming Soon

The final preparations for the National BIM Standard - United States™ Version 2 continue to move forward (the release is expected toward the end of March 2012). Upon completion of the new edition, the buildingSMART alliance also will be kicking off an education effort around the items included in the standard. Stay tuned for educational courses related to the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie), OmniClass, Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs) and other aspects of the standard. Taught by experts, the webinars will be assembled and available through the Alliance website. Watch for announcements in the near future.

Get Involved in the Effort to Streamline the Industry

The buildingSMART alliance is focused on developing standards and identifying best practices for the entire life cycle of the facilities industry. To that end, the Alliance needs organizations and individuals representing all parts of the industry to get involved in this important effort. The Alliance calls upon all members of the National Institute of Building Sciences to get involved and to reach out to others to participate. As the Alliance begins preparations for development of the National BIM Standard - United States™ Version 3, having representation from across the industry will be especially important. Now is the time to get involved.

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