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Building Innovation 2015 Conference & Expo Program

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The American Institute of ArchitectsIndustry Leadership and Advocacy Symposium:
Leading the Way to High-Performing Communities

Earn 6 Learning Units

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Find ways to guide your team to improve building performance—at both the individual facility and wider community levels—when you attend the Industry Leadership and Advocacy Symposium: Leading the Way to High-Performing Communities.

Today’s building industry faces a cacophony of competing requirements and demands to realize performance goals, such as enhanced sustainability and resilience, as well as pressures to deliver highly complex projects cost effectively and in compressed timeframes. Realization of these multiple demands requires leadership to identify the technologies and practices necessary to overcome current barriers; develop short- and long-range planning for effective implementation; engage champions; and involve stakeholders to advance the mission. This day-long symposium will focus on how various segments of the building industry, including state and local regulators; health care systems; finance and insurance organizations; low-vision design advocates; workforce credentialing organizations; off-site construction providers; and many others, can come together to realize buildings in high-performing communities.


  • Ryan Colker, Presidential Advisor, National Institute of Building Sciences 
  • Scott Cullen, Principal, Hanscomb Consulting
  • Cindy Davis, Member, National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors; Director, State Building Codes Office, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Peter Gluck, Principal, GLUCK+
  • Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, President, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Kerry Joels, Board Member, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education Program; President, Total Learning Research Institute
  • Stephen Jones, Secretary, National Council of Government on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS); Immediate Past-President, International Code Council; Construction Official for Millburn Township/Short Hills and the Borough of Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Matthew Krissel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, KieranTimberlake
  • William Lashbrook III, Senior Vice President, PNC Real Estate
  • George Lea, Engineering and Construction Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Tom Meyer, Director, Certification and Industry Relations, National Environmental Balancing Bureau
  • Joe Powell, Executive Director, Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure (AHI), National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Edd Soenke, Chair, Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC); President, The Design Partnership


  • Off-Site Construction
  • Intelligent Healthcare
  • Building Codes and Standards
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Workforce Credentialing
  • Information and Big Data
  • Low Vision Design


8:30 am – 8:40 am

Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA
, National Institute of Building Sciences

8:40 am – 10:00 am

Implementing Technologies and Practices to Achieve High-Performance

Optimizing the Healthcare Environment
Joe Powell, Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure

Opportunities and Challenges in Implementation of Off-Site Construction
Peter Gluck, GLUCK+

Entering the Information Age: Big Data and IT for the Built Environment
Matthew Krissel, KierenTimberlake

Responding to Needs of Underserved Occupants
Edd Soenke, Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC)

Codes and Standards Assure Safety While Recognizing Advancements
Cindy Davis, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

10:00 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 11:45 am

Planning for Sustainability and Resilience

Engaging the Workforce
Stephen Jones, National Council of Government on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS)

Inspiring the Next Generation
Kerry Joels, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education Program

Implementing a Life-Cycle Approach
Scott Cullen, Hanscomb Consulting

Incorporating Finance and Insurance into Decision Making
William Lashbrook III, PNC Real Estate

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The Role of Owners in Achieving High-Performance Buildings

The Value of a Credentialed Workforce
Tom Meyer, National Environmental Balancing Bureau

Optimizing Achievement of Owner Requirements
George Lea, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Driving to Outcome-Based Performance Facilities
Ryan Colker, National Institute of Building Sciences

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Strategies for Advancing the Industry Towards High Performance

Panel Discussion





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