Building Sciences

In This Issue

Dates to Know

September 11-14
CONSTRUCT2012 & The CSI Annual Convention
Phoenix, AZ

September 18-19
7th Global Insulation Conference & Exhibition
Riga, Latvia

September 19
Consultative Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 19
Coordinating Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 20
Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, DC

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

September 27-28
Green California Schools Summit*
Pasadena, CA

September 27-28
Green California College Summit*
Pasadena, CA

October 2-3
NFMT Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

October 9-11
2012 METALCON International
Chicago, IL

October 9-12
Baltimore, MD

October 9-12
14th Annual Lean Construction Institute Congress
Arlington, VA

October 11
U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2012
Washington, DC

October 11-13
IALD Enlighten Americas 2012
Vancouver, BC

October 16-17
12th Global Gypsum Conference & Exhibition
Istanbul, Turkey

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

October 21-28
ICC Annual Conference and Group A Final Action Hearings
Portland, OR

January 7-10, 2013
Building Innovation 2013
Washington, DC

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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® has updated the Accessible Design Objective section, including History of Accessible Facility Design, Provide Equal Access and Plan for Flexibility: Be Proactive.

In addition, WBDG added two new resource pages: Integrity Testing for Roofing and Waterproofing Membranes and Importance of Involving Key Support Staff in Facility Design through Commissioning and Turnover.

Industry News

BOMA Report Looks at Economic Impact of Office Space
A Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) Report finds that the 9.9 billion square feet of commercial office space served by its local associations generated $79.7 billion in direct operating expenditures in 2011, contributing a total of $205.1 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). Read the report.

July 2012

The Institute in Action 

2011 Annual Report Now Available Online

The 2011 National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Report to the President of the United States is now available online. The report, which goes out to the President, Congress and the Institute membership, highlights the Institute’s activities for the year. The 2011 edition, one of the largest to date, covers 35 different programs and projects. It exemplifies the enormous number of projects that the Institute is involved in annually. In 2011, the Institute addressed hazard mitigation, building performance and information technology related issues. The Report also includes a Moving Forward section prepared by the Consultative Council, a summary of the Institute’s Annual Meeting and coverage of the 2011 award winners. Read the report.

Consultative Council Report Highlights Four Areas
in Need of Improvement

A new report by the Consultative Council highlights four areas where the industry and the nation need to focus their efforts in order to improve buildings and infrastructure. This year’s priorities include: Defining High-Performance and Common Metrics; Codes and Standards Adoption and Enforcement; Energy and Water Efficiency; and Sustainability. A summary of the report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council, appears in the Institute’s 2011 Annual Report to the President of the United States. Read the releaseDownload the full report.

2013 Latrobe Prize First-Stage Submissions Due October 1

1804 Portrait of Benjamin Latrobe by Charles Willson Peale.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows invites individuals and teams to submit proposals for the 2013 Latrobe Prize, which awards $100,000 to conduct research on a critical issue and to develop a solution that enhances the current practice of architecture. Awarded to a research proposal that has the long-range potential to resolve one or more 21st century architectural and built environment challenges, the 2013 Prize has as its research theme, "Architecture at Seven Billion," aimed to focus attention on innovative ways to mitigate and minimize negative impacts on the global population and the environment of seven billion people living on the planet. Research proposals may include, but are not limited to, building materials and delivery systems, digital design, computer simulation and modeling, energy, eco-design, or integrated design-construction practices and processes.

The jury, which includes Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA and Past Board Chairman Ron Skaggs, FAIA, will review first-stage submissions to choose three to five proposals that will be shortlisted for a second-stage submission, which includes additional documentation and an interview with the jury. The 2013 jury members are: Chair Tom Regan, Assoc. AIA; Harold Adams, FAIA; Wayne Drummond, FAIA; Green; Laura Lee, FAIA; Monica Ponce de Leon; Skaggs; and Bill Stanley, FAIA. The Latrobe Prize recipient will be announced in March at the 2013 AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.  For more information, download the Call for Proposals.

English Elected to IES Board

Cheryl English, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and vice president of Government and Industry Relations at Acuity Brands Lighting, has been elected to the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2012. In her role, English will provide strategic council to the Society’s long-term planning, operations, education and research priorities. Actively involved with IES for more than 30 years, English will help ensure IES is positioned to support the industry as it transforms to integrated, smart lighting systems. Read the release.

Building Innovation 2013 Conference Program Taking Shape

Program managers for the Institute’s councils, committees and projects have successfully developed a quality, content-rich program for the Institute’s Annual Conference & Expo. Scheduled for January 7-10 in Washington, D.C., Building Innovation 2013 is set to deliver a wide range of informative conferences, symposia, meetings, educational sessions, product and technology demonstrations and more. The four-day Conference will focus on Improving Resiliency through High Performance and give attendees a great opportunity to see the Institute in action, network with industry leaders and participate in meaningful activities that will move our industry toward a better built environment. Highlighted events include the buildingSMART alliance™ Conference, FEDCon® and the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council Symposium. Take a sneak peak at the Building Innovation 2013 preliminary program.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

BSSC’s First Executive Director, James R. Smith, Dies

James R. Smith, the first executive director of the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), passed away June 21. Through his work on the Building Research Advisory Board (BRAB) at the National Academy of Sciences, Smith played an important role in the establishment of the National Institute of Building Sciences. When the Institute established the BSSC in 1979, Smith was appointed its first full-time executive director. Learn more about Smith and his role at the Institute.  

Obama Signs MAP-21
New Law References Scientific Resolution Panels

President Barack Obama signed legislation earlier this month that specifically addresses one of the Institute’s newer programs. On July 6, President Obama signed H.R. 4348, known as the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" or "MAP-21." The Act, which may be most recognized for keeping financial aid loan rates low, covers eight different areas. Division F- Miscellaneous, includes language about the National Flood Insurance Program and specifically makes available Scientific Resolution Panels (SRPs). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) engaged the Institute in 2010 to establish and administer the SRP process to perform independent reviews of the scientific and technical data FEMA uses to develop its Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Since the program began, the Institute has convened four SRPs. Read the Act. Learn more about SRPs.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

SBIC Issues Call for 2012 Beyond Green™ Entries

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) is calling for entries for its 2012 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards. This unique program highlights those initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, while providing real-world examples of high-performance design and construction processes. Winners of the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards will present their projects at a special Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Modular Building Institute, to be held during Building Innovation 2013, January 7-10, 2013. SBIC also is seeking nominations for the 2012 Greg Franta Memorial Award. Submissions are due November 2, 2012. Download the Call for Entries.

Information Resources and Technologies


COBie Guide Released for Industry Review

The buildingSMART alliance™ (bSa) is calling for public comment on a draft guide that establishes the framework for implementing the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard. The COBie Guide sets the framework for project owners and teams to develop a practical COBie implementation strategy. It results from years of developing and pilot testing the standard. Once finalized, The COBie Guide will be submitted as a "best practice" ballot to the National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™) Version 3. The comment period closes Tuesday, October 2. Read the release. Submit a comment.

NCS Project Committee Elects New Vice Chair

The Project Committee for the nation’s leading computer-aided design (CAD) standard has selected a new vice chair. W. Edward Lowe, a CAD software coordinator with Burgess & Niple, Inc., a multidiscipline engineering and architectural firm in Painesville, Ohio, will serve as vice chair of the United States National CAD Standard (NCS) Project Committee. In his new leadership role, he will assist the Project Committee in developing a new edition of the standard, NCS Version 6. A member of the NCS Steering Committee and co-chair of the NCS Wave Task Team, Lowe is also active in buildingSMART alliance building information modeling (BIM) activities, serving as a member of the National BIM Standard-United States Project Committee. He joins NCS Chair R. Mark Butler and a yet-to-be-appointed secretary as the NCS Project Committee’s Executive Team. Get involved with NCS Version 6.

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