Winners Highlight the Best in High-Performance Design
Today, Day 4 of the Building Innovation 2013—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, activities began to wind down with the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) Symposium, the Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC) Symposium and the Innovative Technology Demonstrations.
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) Symposium—Fostering Innovation to Go Beyond Green™ explored social, economic and environmental sustainability; what sustainability means to various segments of the building industry; and how an effective, holistic approach can move the industry Beyond Green™. A panel discussion of experts representing finance, insurance and real estate; hazard mitigation; building information modeling and information exchanges; architects; and high-performance buildings discussed the challenges and possibilities of integrating Beyond Green™ into their specific disciplines and how incorporating Beyond Green™ can reduce costs while benefiting building occupants. The Beyond Green™ Award winners then presented their case studies and lessons learned on how to incorporate high-performance attributes into their normal building practices.
At the High-Performance Building Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Modular Building Institute, Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, and Doug Read, Chairman of SBIC and Director of Government Affairs at ASHRAE, presented the winners with their awards. Two university buildings were recognized with Awards of Merit for Distinction in High-Performance Buildings: the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the George D. Aiken Center at the University of Vermont. In the Initiatives Category, an Award of Merit for Distinction in High-Performance Initiatives was given to the Synergy Rewards Program of Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes. And, this year's Honor Award, First Place for High-Performance Buildings, was given to the General Services Administration's U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in Seattle.
The Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC) Symposium—Creating Supportive Environments for Persons with Low Vision, sponsored by The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, addressed the very timely topic of designing for the 89 million people in the United States over the age of 40 who have vision problems. This growing population has doubled in the last two decades and is expected to expand even more in the future. Lighting experts, healthcare specialists and people with low vision all provided input to address this important issue. The LVDC Board of Directors also convened during the day.
The Information Exchange Working Group hosted Innovative Technology Demonstrations throughout the day to reveal the newest, most cutting-edge building information modeling (BIM) information exchange standards for inclusion in the National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US). The morning sessions focused on a number of topics relating to the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and Specifiers Properties information exchange (SPie), and introduced information exchanges for heating, ventilation and air conditioning; electrical systems; water systems; building automation modeling; and building programming. The afternoon sessions were broken into two areas of focus: product demonstrations of planning and design software and product demonstrations of software for construction.
Day Five concludes the conference with the BIM Academic Education Symposium—Setting the Course for a BIM Educational Strategy.
To see a full list of conference activities, visit www.nibs.org/conference.