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In This Issue

Dates to Know

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

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

October 2
COBie Guide – Comments Due

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 10
NADRA 2012 Annual Meeting
Baltimore, MD

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

October 11-13
IALD Enlighten Americas 2012 Vancouver, BC

October 15-19
buildingSMART International Meeting
Tokyo, Japan

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

October 18-19
RICS Summit of the Americas 2012
Miami Beach, FL

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

October 22-24
Building Enclosure Commissioning Process for Delivering Quality Constructed Projects
Las Vegas, NV

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

October 30-November 1
SARMA 6th Annual Conference
Arlington, VAA

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

October 31-November 2
IFMA's World Workplace 2012
San Antonio, TX

November 6-9
FCI 13th Annual Firestop Industry Conference and Trade Show
Lake Buena Vista, FL

November 8
HVACie – Comments Due

November 11-13
2012 IES Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN

November 12-13
8th Global Slag Conference & Exhibition
Las Vegas, NV

December 6-7, 2012
Energy Forum on Solar Building Skins
Bressanone, Italy

January 7-11, 2013
Building Innovation 2013
Washington, DC

February 27, 2013
Green in the Military
Virginia Beach, VA

May 2-4, 2013
NEBB Annual Conference
Montreal, QC

*Special discount for NIBS members with promo code "NIBS" (all caps)

The Journals

Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM)

NEW! 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 WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® has recently updated the Sustainable Design Objective section, including Optimize Site Potential, Optimize Energy Use, Protect and Conserve Water, Use Greener Materials, Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), and Optimize Operational and Maintenance Practices. The Sustainable update includes a new section titled, "Retrofitting Existing Buildings to Improve Sustainability and Energy Performance."

Industry News

Pankow Foundation Appoints New Executive Director
The Charles Pankow Foundation announces the appointment of Mark J. Perniconi, PE, as its new executive director. Perniconi’s vision is to bring renewed focus on funding innovative research for the design and construction industry. He succeeds Robert K. Tener, PhD, PE, who retired in May 2012.

NIST Opens Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled a new laboratory this month focused on residential energy. The facility appears to be a typical-looking suburban home for a family of four. It will be used to improve test methods for energy-efficient technologies and develop cost-effective design standards that could reduce overall energy consumption and harmful pollution.

September 2012

The Institute in Action 

Registration's Open for Building Innovation 2013

Your opportunity to see the National Institute of Building Sciences in action and collaborate with building industry professionals on Improving Resiliency through High Performance is just four months away. Register today to join us in Washington, D.C., for our first independent conference in decades, Building Innovation 2013: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference & Expo, January 7-11, 2013, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center.

During this premiere event, the Institute will present insights into its authoritative work, deliver compelling content and share the latest technologies. Those seeking up-to-date information on building science will come together for five activity-filled days full of informative presentations, quality educational sessions, technology demonstrations and networking opportunities. View the program highlights. Check the schedule. Register to attend.

Improving Access to the Process

International Code Council (ICC) Acting Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims (left) talks with National Institute of Building Sciences Chairman RK Stewart during a break at the September Consultative Council Meeting. Sims presented the group with an overview of cdp ACCESS, a collaborative effort to expand access and participation in the ICC Code Development Process. Learn more about cdp ACCESS.

Institute Hosts Third SABIT Delegation

Ryan Colker (center), Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor, gives an international delegation an overview of the building codes and standards system in the United States.

The National Institute of Building Sciences hosted a presentation August 21 for an international delegation sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program. The delegation, consisting of 17 professionals from six Eurasian countries (Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan), were interested in learning more about the Institute’s programs, including the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG).

Consultative Council Director Ryan Colker provided an overview of the Institute’s programs, including the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC), and an overview of U.S. building codes and standards. Program Director Richard Paradis spoke about the WBDG and its resources for sustainability and energy performance.

This is the third SABIT delegation the Institute has hosted. Last year’s participants recommended this year’s delegation visit the Institute.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

PUC to Meet in October

The Provisions Update Committee (PUC) for the 2014 edition of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures Provisions will be conducting a two-day meeting October 9-10 in Washington, D.C., ahead of the Building Seismic Safety Council Board of Direction meeting on October 11. Since May, the PUC members have been balloting a number of critical proposals for the 2013 – 2014 code cycle. The agenda for the coming meeting includes briefings on proposals ranging from seismic design maps, liquefaction, steel frame construction and diaphragm issues.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Looking at How People Understand Energy

Matthew Kozey (left), Senior Research Analyst for NORC at the University of Chicago, shares results of a major survey with the Consultative Council during its September meeting. The Associated Press (AP)-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research conducted a nationally representative household survey with more than 1,000 adults to measure the general public’s opinions about key energy issues in the United States. The survey assessed how the public understands, learns about and acts upon energy issues. Kozey explained the results, which provide a clear picture of where the public feels major responsibility lies for the cause of energy problems, and the extent to which government should be involved in solutions. Per the AP-NORC report, the survey reveals a surprising lack of public understanding of the nation’s most prominent energy savings programs. Read the report.

Former BETEC Board Member, Dr. Donald Onysko, Dies

Dr. Donald M. Onysko, a long-time, active member of the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC), passed away September 9. A member of BETEC’s Board of Direction for 10 years, Onysko was an independent research professional and principal at DMO Associates Ltd. in Ottawa, Ontario. A member and contributor to BETEC for many decades, the Institute awarded Onysko the inaugural BEST Award for the Advancement of Building Science and Technology in 2010, during the BEST2 Conference in Portland, Oregon. Read more about Dr. Onysko.

SBIC Beyond Green™ Entries Due November 2

There is still time to submit an entry to the National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) 2012 Beyond GreenTM 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.

The Beyond GreenTM Awards recognize buildings, initiatives and products that best exemplify the eight design objectives of a high-performance building. Award winners will present their projects at a special awards luncheon sponsored by the Modular Building Institute, to be held during Building Innovation 2013: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, January 7-10, 2013. SBIC also is seeking nominations for the 2012 Greg Franta Memorial Award. The Beyond GreenTM High-Performance Building Award and Greg Franta Memorial Award submissions are due November 2, 2012. Download the Call for Entries.

A Summit on Air Movement

Air Movement and Control Association President Wade Smith makes a presentation to representatives of the air movement industry during an Exploratory Summit on Air Movement Industry Cooperation. The purpose of the summit, held at the Institute in mid-September, was to facilitate collaboration and information sharing across the numerous manufacturers, distributors, designers, installers, operators and maintainers engaged in air movement systems. Smith addressed the challenges and opportunities identified by his organization’s membership.

Information Resources and Technologies


Deadline Approaches to Provide Public Comment on COBie Guide

The deadline is approaching to provide public comments on a draft guide that establishes the framework for implementing the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard.

One of the first information exchange standards to be included in the National BIM Standard-United StatesTM(NBIMS-USTM), COBie identifies the minimum requirements for what digital data should be collected during design and construction so that the information is available later to manage assets throughout the life of the building. The COBie Guide sets the framework for project owners and teams to develop a practical COBie implementation strategy.

The comment period closes Tuesday, October 2. Download The COBie Guide and provide comments.

NCS Users Wanted: Get Involved in Development of NCS Version 6

The committee responsible for overseeing the development of the latest version of the nation’s leading computer-aided design (CAD) standard is looking for users to get involved. The United States National CAD Standard (NCS) Version 6 Steering Committee is calling for owners of the NCS Version 5 to participate in development of the next edition by becoming involved in NCS Version 6 committee.

The new development cycle to produce NCS Version 6 will begin at the end of the year. NCS users who get involved will have the opportunity to participate in the review and approval of Version 6 or submit amendments to modify the standard. The time to get involved is now. Become a member of the NCS Versions 6 Project Committee Today! Find out more.

HVACie Public Comments Are Due October 15!

Heating, ventilating and cooling systems (HVAC) experts, architects, engineers, builders, specifiers, facility managers, manufacturers and others involved with HVAC and the construction process are requested to provide input on the HVAC information exchange (HVACie). The public comment period for this new information exchange will end October 15.

The purpose of HVACie is to ensure that products, product assemblies, properties and connections between pipes, ducts and other HVAC equipment are properly represented in the building information model (BIM). Once finalized, HVACie will be submitted for potential inclusion in the National BIM Standard-United StatesTM. Learn more about HVACie. Submit comments

NCS Version 6 Steering Committee Now in Place

The United States National CAD Standard (NCS) Version 6 Steering Committee is now officially in place. The NCS Steering Committee is responsible for developing the policies and procedures to carry out the project, assisting in the administration of Project Committee activities, coordinating work and generally serving as the governing body in accordance with the NCS Rules of Governance. The Steering Committee is responsible for the format of application forms, ballot submittal forms, and balloting; Project Committee timelines, schedules and revision cycles; meeting venues and media; and any other responsibilities defined in the NCS Rules of Governance.

The NCS Version 6 Steering Committee includes: Mark Butler, HDR, Chair; Ed Lowe, Burgess & Niple, Inc., Vice Chair; Greg Jordan, Dewberry, Secretary; Steve Spangler, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Jennifer DiBona, That CAD Girl; Michael Fate, Tetra Tech; Laureen Reinke, Weber Murphy Fox; and Jason Sturniolo, RRMM Architects. Learn more about the National CAD Standard.


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