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Institute, AIA Strengthen Focus on Building Enclosures with new MOA

Wednesday, May 18, 2011  
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Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA (seated left), and AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA (seated right), sign a Memorandum of Agreement between the National Institute of Building Sciences and the American Institute of Architects to support existing Building Enclosure Councils (BECs) and develop new ones in cities across the United States. Pictured from left: AIA President-Elect Jeffery Potter, FAIA; Institute Chairman Jim. W. Sealy; FAIA; BETEC Chair Wagdy Anis, FAIA; Green; Ivy; AIA President Clark D. Manus, FAIA; and Institute Vice-Chairman RK Stewart, FAIA.

The National Institute of Building Sciences (the Institute) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) showed their commitment to the importance of building enclosures May 18 when they signed a new Memorandum of Agreement to support existing Building Enclosure Councils (BECs) and develop new ones in cities across the United States.

BECs are a network of affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and other professionals located in major cities around the country. The Councils provide a forum for the construction industry to address building enclosures—the exterior systems of buildings that play such a critical role in building performance and energy efficiency.

"The building enclosure is a key element when it comes to achieving high-performance buildings, especially when it comes to reducing energy bills and ensuring the safety and security of building occupants,” said National Institute of Building Sciences Chairman Jim. W. Sealy, FAIA, following the signing. "The Institute is pleased to continue working with AIA and its members to improve the performance of building enclosures and provide a forum to share best practices with practitioners.”

The Institute, through its Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC), and the AIA established the initiative in 2004 to offer industry professionals an opportunity to exchange valuable information relating to successful building enclosure design through meetings and sharing of resources. BECs are now active in 25 cities nationwide.

"The AIA is committed to providing access to the tools, resources, knowledge and professional collaborations that will better prepare AIA members to meet the ever evolving challenges of high-performance design and construction and the requirements of high-performance building codes like those in the current draft of the forthcoming International Green Construction Code (IGCC),” said AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer, Robert Ivy, FAIA. "The BECs represent a powerful building science knowledge resource that is critical if architects, as a profession, are to succeed at working collaboratively to design and construct truly high-performing buildings.”

The Councils promote information exchange and encourage discussion on matters concerning building enclosures and related science, such as training, education, technology transfer, weather conditions and local issues and cases.

In addition to Chairman Sealy; Vice-Chairman RK Stewart, FAIA; President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA; and BETEC Chair Wagdy Anis, FAIA, represented the National Institute of Building Sciences at the signing. AIA President Clark D. Manus, FAIA; President-Elect Jeffery Potter, FAIA; and AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, represented the American Institute of Architects. The two organizations work on a number of collaborative efforts and are currently exploring several additional opportunities.

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