Time is Running Out to Register for FEDCon®‘11
Don’t miss your chance to get the inside look at federal building plans and budgets for 2012. Attend FEDCon® ‘11—The Market Outlook Conference on Federal Construction—on Tuesday, December 6, to get the most authoritative, up-to-date information on federal agency building and infrastructure budgets, construction forecasts and regulatory updates.
Find out what you need to know to deliver services and products to the U.S. federal government—the world's largest facility owner and procurer of design and construction services. The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will present their construction budgets for the current year and planned budgets for future years. Plus, you won’t want to miss David Heyman, Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who will be making the luncheon keynote address. Institute members receive 20% discount on registration. (Use discount code NIBS11 when registering.) Register today!
New Legislation Would Save Money, Improve Energy Usage in Federal Buildings
New legislation introduced this month would help federal agencies save energy and money by improving building performance in federal buildings. The legislation addresses a number of ways to achieve high-performance buildings, such as the use of life-cycle cost analysis, integrated design processes, building information modeling (BIM) and building commissioning.
Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO) formally introduced the bi-partisan "High-Performance Federal Buildings Act” on November 4, with co-sponsors Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Donna Edwards (D-MD), John Garamendi (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Michael Honda (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Jared Polis (D-CO), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), and Peter Welch (D-VT). The language reflects recommendations made by the executive committee of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, of which the National Institute of Building Sciences is a member. Read the release.
Don’t Delay! Institute Annual Meeting Less Than Two Weeks Away
Time is running out! The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting, to be held in conjunction with the Ecobuild America Conference, is less than two weeks away. The weeklong event begins December 5. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the Institute in action. Be sure to use code NIBS11 when registering to receive a 20% discount. Register now.
Newly Reconstituted MMC to Hold Annual Meeting December 7th
The goals of the newly reconstituted Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) are simple—to promote disaster resilience and whole building strategies and to become a focal point of credible information. However, these goals, while worthy, present a unique set of challenges that will require collaboration with homeowners, commercial/industrial property owners, researchers, the public sector and many others in order to be achieved.
Come to the MMC Annual Meeting, Wednesday, December 7, from 8:00 am-5:00 pm at the Washington Convention Center and provide your input to achieving these MMC goals. With your help, the MMC will look to utilize the internet, social media and good old fashioned on-the-ground work to reach out to the local level. The MMC can produce and publish the best science and engineering in the world, but if this information is not usable, credible, understood and implemented, it is ultimately meaningless. The challenge before all members of the MMC is to continue to think beyond the science and engineering into the realm of public policy and private lives. Get involved. Register now. Select the Exhibit Only pass and enter the code "EARLY” to attend the MMC meeting for free.
Comments Wanted on HUD Energy Audit, Physical Needs Assessment Proposed Rule
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a call for public comments on a proposed rule to address Public Housing Agency (PHA) requirements for energy audits and physical needs assessments (PNAs). The proposed HUD rule would set minimum energy conservation measures (ECMs) that a PHA must consider when performing an energy audit. (ECMs include water-related efficiency measures.) This rule would also require energy auditors procured by PHAs to meet certain minimum qualifications to perform audits. HUD will be publishing a separate proposed rule that will require PNAs to be completed in conjunction with energy audits in order to improve cost savings and coordination. Comments on the proposed rule are due January 17, 2012. View a copy of the Federal Register Notice.
DOE’s Open-Source Training Tool Wins Award for Innovation
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, on November 8, congratulated the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Michelle Fox and the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) program for recently taking first place in the "Learning Innovation" category of Chief Learning Officer magazine’s Learning in Practice Awards. The Department’s NTER system—a free, interactive and open-source workforce training tool that can lower the cost of training for employees and students—was recognized as the top winner for innovation in applying emerging technologies to create engaging, user-friendly content. Michelle Fox of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) was honored for her work developing the training system during a ceremony at the Fall Chief Learning Officer Symposium last month. The Institute’s Weatherization Online Training Project, developed under Michelle Fox’s guidance, is a pilot of and one of the first contributors/content developers for the NTER program. Read the DOE release.
High Performance Light Framed Walls: Code Requirements, Durability, Constructability Concerns and Field Experiences
Your chance to get the full story is less than two weeks away. Upcoming code changes for light-framed walls will require thicker framing and/or additional insulation to be installed on the outside of the cavities or other significant changes to the wall construction. What are the potential benefits and challenges for the building process and building performance?
Find out at the 2011 Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium on December 6, to be held during the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Ecobuild America Conference, December 5-9, in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the Symposium.
Beyond Green Award Deadline Extended to Today
There is still time to submit an entry for the Sustainable Building Industry Council (SBIC) 2011 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards. SBIC has extended the deadline until today, Tuesday, November 22.
The Beyond Green™ Awards recognize buildings and initiatives that best exemplify the eight design objectives of a high-performance building: sustainability, accessibility, aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, functionality, productivity, historical sensitivity, and safety and security. Categories include: Category A: High-Performance Buildings; Category B: High-Performance Initiatives; and Category C: High-Performance Products. Winning projects will be published on the Whole Building Design Guide. Get more information.
HPBC to Review HPBDE Matrix at December Meeting
The first matrix from the High Performance Based Design for Building Envelopes (HPBDE) Project is now available. Members of the High Performance Building Council (HPBC) will review the matrix, along with a demonstration of the release version of the Owners Performance Requirements (OPR) Tool, at the upcoming HPBC Annual Meeting on December 7 during the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The Matrix of High Performance Attributes-Metric-Standards is one of the deliverables discussed during the July 20 Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division (IDD). HPBC members will review the matrix, the HPBDE Final Report and the OPR Tool, and will be discussing plans for the ongoing development and expansion of the matrix.
Be sure to attend to contribute to the ongoing development of this important work. Download the matrix and agenda. To register, visit the Ecobuild website, select the Exhibit Only pass and use the code "EARLY” to waive the registration fee.
DOE References ASHRAE 90.1 in Energy Conservation Act
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a ruling establishing the American National Standard ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes under the federal Energy Conservation and Production Act.
Issued in an October 19 Federal Register notice, the ruling was taken after preliminary analysis indicated that the 2010 edition bears significant energy savings over the 2007 standard. The energy consumption of buildings built to Standard 90.1-2010, as compared with those built to the 2007 edition, indicates national source energy savings of approximately 18.2 percent of commercial building energy consumption. Additionally, site energy savings are estimated to be approximately 18.5 percent. As a result of the ruling, states are required to certify by October 18, 2013, that they have updated the provisions of their commercial building code regarding energy efficiency to meet or exceed 90.1-2010. Read the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) release.
Register Now for the April 2012 BEST3 Conference
Early Bird Registration Ends on December 31st
Take advantage of early bird rates to save 35% over the cost of onsite registration on the best conference ever. Register now to join the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Building Enclosure Council-Atlanta for the "Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST3) Conference: High Performance Buildings – Combining Field Experience with Innovation” in Atlanta, Georgia, April 2-4, 2012, and get more for your money.
Don’t miss the hottest presentations by building envelope experts as they discuss the latest in designing building systems for energy efficiency and performance. The hot topics will focus on: building systems that deliver high energy efficiency, good indoor climate and long-term performance. Register now and save big bucks!
WBDG Sets New Records
The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG), the largest online portal for building sciences in the world, has set several new records this October. For the first time ever, file downloads from the site exceeded five million, with a total of 5,286,003 in one month. Visitor sessions also topped the charts, with 697,342 visitors coming to the site in October (nearly a 10% increase over the previous high). Plus, the number of continuing education (CE) courses taken saw new bests as did visits to the Operations & Maintenance section. Come see what the excitement is about. Visit the WBDG.
Your One-Stop Event for All Things BIM
Are you registered to attend the buildingSMART alliance Conference and the National BIM Conference? These combined events, which will be held during the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting and Ecobuild America Conference – December 5-9, are planned to give you the highest level of building information modeling (BIM) activity in one place. Register today to reserve your spot and be a part of the BIM activity. Institute members get 20% off registration! Use code "NIBS11” when registering. Check out the list of BIM-related activities.
Chinese Delegation Visits Institute
Ryan Colker (center), Director of the Institute’s Consultative Council, addresses representatives from the Chinese Academy of Building Research, the Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development, and the Chinese building community. The international group visited the Institute on November 14 to learn about building information modeling (BIM) activities underway in the United States—particularly by the Institute’s buildingSMART alliance™. Members of the delegation were particularly interested in the Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs), information exchanges [including the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie), Specifiers Properties information exchange (SPie) and Life Cycle information exchange (LCie)], and education and training.
NBIMS-US™ Project Committee Approves 18 Submissions
The National Building Information Modeling Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™) Project Committee has approved 18 submissions to be included in Version 2 of the standard. The approved documents fall into three main categories: reference standards, information exchange standards (which are built upon the reference standards) and best practice guidelines that support users in their implementation of open building information modeling (BIM) standards-based deliverables. The NBIMS-US™ Project Committee will convene Friday, December 9, during the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting. See what submissions were approved.