Building Sciences

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Dates to Know

October 9-12
MCAA Annual Conference

Colorado Springs, CO

October 10-11
Building Envelope Technology Symposium

Charlotte, NC

October 11-12
Facility Decisions Conference & Expo

Las Vegas, NV

October 12-14
34th World Energy Engineering Conference

Chicago, IL

October 13
U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2011

Washington, DC

October 17-20
SMRP Annual Conference

Greensboro, NC

October 20-22
ASCE 141st Conference
Memphis, TN

October 23-26
HARDI Annual Conference

Maui, HI

October 26
Masonry Series: Structural Tips and Lessons Learned Seminar

Bowie, MD

October 26-28
IFMA World Workplace 2011
Phoeniz, AZ

October 30-November 6
ICC 2011 Annual Conference

Phoenix, AZ

November 12-15
AHRI Annual Meeting

Bonita Springs, FL

December 5-7
Advanced Laboratory Design for Health, Safety and the Environment
Boston, MA

December 5-9
National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting/Ecobuild America
Washington, DC

December 7
Consultative Council Meeting
Washington, DC

December 7
Coordinating Council Meeting
Washington, DC

December 8
Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, DC

January 23-25, 2012
AHR Expo
Chicago, IL

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

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

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 added a new page on green roofs, also known as vegetated roofs or eco-roofs. Extensive Green Roofs provides an introduction, description and applications, as well as information on relevant codes and standards. Charlie Miller of Roofmeadow, Inc., served as the lead author.

Industry News

IMT Releases Report on Building Energy Transparency
A new report, Building Energy Transparency, from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) offers the first-ever national review of building energy rating and disclosure policies in the United States. "Rating and disclosure" refers to the practice of evaluating the relative energy efficiency of a building and making this information known to consumers. Read the IMT release.

Report Addresses Mitigating Impacts of Disasters
A white paper from McGraw-Hill Construction details how the private and public sectors can significantly mitigate the impact of natural disasters. The paper, Recommendations to Congress, the Administration and the Private Sector to Mitigate Impacts of Disasters by Planning and Building for Resiliency, includes insights from participants in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Mitigating Disaster through Design and Construction Conference held in March 2011. Download the free white paper.


September 2011

The Institute in Action

Obama Nominates Verner, Maxman to Institute Board

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Mary B. Verner and Susan A. Maxman, FAIA, to key Administration posts as members of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors. Verner was one of 27 intended appointees announced by the White House on September 6. Maxman was one of four announced on September 23. They join James "Tim" Ryan, CBO, as intended nominees pending approval by the U.S. Senate.

Verner is the current mayor of Spokane, Washington. As the city’s chief executive officer, she is responsible for directing the activities of the city’s two thousand employees and managing a $600 million annual budget. Maxman is a nationally recognized advocate and expert on the principles of sustainable design and historic preservation. She is founder of the Philadelphia-based firm, SMP Architects, and served as the first female president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Read the releases for Verner and Maxman.

Institute Board of Directors Votes on 2012 Members

The National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors convened for its September meeting last week. The Board renewed several members for additional terms, elected three new members to the Board and voted in new executive officers.

The Nominating Committee proposed candidates to fill four positions expiring in 2011. The Board reelected members Carl F. Baldassarra, PE, FSFPE, and John P. Kelly and elected new members Wally Bailey; Cheryl R. English, LC, FIES; and Thomas Mitchell, Jr. for three-year terms.

The newly elected 2012 Board Officers include R.K. Stewart, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC, as chairman; James "Tim" Ryan, CBO, as vice chair; John P. Kelly as secretary; and Edward Soenke, FCSI, AIA, CCS, NCARB, as treasurer. Learn about the Institute’s Board.

New Institute Award Will Honor Founding Member

Every time the National Institute of Building Sciences presents its new Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization will be honoring a founding Institute member at the same time that it highlights a well-deserving recipient.

The merit-based award, named in honor of Mortimer M. Marshall, Jr., FAIA, FCSI, NOMAC, will recognize members that demonstrate exceptional service to the Institute, the Board of Directors and/or the organization.

The first paid member of the Institute, Marshall was involved in the Institute’s founding 35 years ago. He was elected to two terms on the Institute Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the formulation of many programs at the Institute. Learn more about Marshall.

Brock Named President of Aluminum Association

Heidi Biggs Brock, a current member of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors, has been named the new president of The Aluminum Association, effective October 1. Ms. Brock will succeed Steve Larkin, the Association's president since 1998, who announced his plan to retire at the end of 2011.

Most recently Ms. Brock was vice president of federal and international affairs for the Weyerhaeuser Company. She previously served as Weyerhaeuser's e-business vice president, and held roles in the company's government affairs group and strategic planning organization. Prior to Weyerhaeuser, Ms. Brock was a legislative assistant to former United States Senators Daniel J. Evans and Slade Gorton, responsible for natural resource issues.

Brock serves as a member of the Institute’s Executive Committee. She also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program. View the announcement.

Dallas AIA Awards Sealy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded Institute Chairman Jim. W. Sealy, FAIA, NCARB, HFES, Hon. ICC, with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his many years of leadership and dedication. The award recognizes Sealy for his inspiration and enhancement of the architectural life and culture of Dallas. Sealy, who is an architect and consultant in Dallas, will receive the honor at a special dinner in January 2012.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Institute Bids Farewell to Heider on her Retirement

Institute Chairman Jimmy Sealy (left) presents Vice President Claret Heider a plaque in recognition of her 22 years of service to the Institute. Heider, who oversaw the Multihazard Mitigation Council and Building Seismic Safety Council, retires at the end of the month.

How Building Sciences Have Changed Since 9/11

In tribute to the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, the National Institute of Building Sciences distributed a news release earlier this month reflecting on how building sciences have changed over the past decade. The piece highlighted the Institute’s work with federal agencies and the building industry to improve the safety, security and resilience of the nation’s buildings.

Assisting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to translate the World Trade Center investigation’s recommendations into changes to model codes and standards; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with developing Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) tools for buildings, tunnels and mass transit stations; and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with developing criteria to provide physical security for healthcare facilities are just some of the activities the Institute has worked on to support federal agencies.

To find out what else the Institute has done to advance building sciences in the last decade, see the full story.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Provide Input for a National Commercial Buildings Database

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is polling industry stakeholders on what they view are the information and resource gaps in high-performance commercial building design and operation. Please take a minute to share your thoughts on what is currently out there that you like, what could be improved and what should be created. Your input will help inform the development of a national High-Performance Green Building Clearinghouse, which will be a comprehensive and interactive one-stop-shop on high-performance green commercial buildings, including technical information, case studies, standards, guidelines, tools, and resources. The questionnaire expires on Tuesday, October 4. Take the questionnaire now.

DOE FEMP Releases New Guide for Federal Construction

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has launched the Guide to Integrating Renewable Energy in Federal Construction, a new resource for federal agencies and private-sector partners. The FEMP guide helps walk users through renewable energy options to help select appropriate types of renewable energy technologies and integrate these technologies into all phases of new construction or major renovation projects. Training information and additional resources are also provided. See the guide.

Institute Speaks to Asia-Pacific Building Leaders

Representatives of the economies participating in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC) and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in Singapore earlier this month to discuss green building activities and opportunities to enhance trade within the region. The meeting, which served as the kick-off of Singapore Green Building Week and the International Green Building Conference, was hosted at the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy for the Built Environment. Among the speakers at the APEC/ASEAN Workshop was the Institute’s own Ryan Colker, Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor, who presented a session and moderated a panel. Read about it.

Ryan Colker (right), the Institute’s Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor, moderates a panel during an APEC/ASEAN Workshop on Green Buildings and Green Growth.

Information Resources and Technologies


BIM/FM Research Study: Call Scheduled for Oct. 4

Don’t forget to call in. Potential sponsors interested in learning more about the "Synthesis of BIM and Facilities Management Research Studies and Survey Results" Summary Report project will have an opportunity to participate in a conference call October 4, at 2:00 pm EST (1:00 pm CST, 12:00 pm MST, 11:00 am PST). Birgitta Foster, Angela Lewis and other bSa representatives will review the project objectives, schedule and budget and answer questions with interested parties.

Find out more about the project. Contact Birgitta Foster to get log-in information.

WBDG Adds Resources Pages for Renewable Energy Technology

The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) has 15 new renewable energy technology resource pages available for reference. The pages correspond to the new Guide to Integrating Renewable Energy in Federal Construction, recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Each technology page contains crucial details on renewable energy technologies as a complement to the guide, including design, cost, life cycle and more. The WBDG resource pages accompanying the Guide can be accessed from the ‘WBDG Focus’ box on the WBDG homepage. View the pages now.

COBie Training Available Online

Looking to find more about the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) in a quick, easy-to-view format? A new course, "COBie 101: Introduction to COBie," developed by COBie Chair Bill East, is available to view on YouTube. COBie 101 is designed to help designers, builders, commissioning agents, facility managers, facility owners and federal agency representatives understand how COBie can reduce the cost of doing business today. To achieve this goal, the rationale for the COBie project and the contents of COBie deliverables are described in detail. Watch the training.


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