To say the inaugural Building Innovation 2013: National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, held January 7-11, 2013, at the Marriott Washington at Metro Center in Washington, D.C., exceeded expectations would be an understatement. With 562 attendees, 97 presenters, 37 sponsors, 20 committee and council meetings, 15 exhibitors, eight symposia, four keynote speakers, two receptions and a banquet, the week-long event often filled the room capacity of the hotel venue. Focused on Improving Resiliency through High Performance, the conference brought together a wide range of experts in a variety of fields to address the latest building industry advancements and offer real-world solutions for improving security, disaster preparedness, performance, sustainability, information resources and technologies for our nation’s buildings and infrastructure.
Here’s a quick recap of the week’s activities:
Day One: Monday, January 07, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Keynotes
Highlights Fenestration of Capitol Facilities
The National Institute of Building Sciences kicks off its first independent conference in decades. The first symposium of the week-long event is the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium. Its theme, Fenestration: A World of Change, carries through to the day's keynote luncheon address, delivered by Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol. Following the lunch, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary of Policy David Heyman announces a new DHS initiative, Resiliency Star®. The BETEC Symposium itself has more than a dozen speakers. The Consultative Council, Coordinating Council, buildingSMART alliance, the National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS) Planning and Project Committees and the United States National CAD Standard Project Committee all meet during the day.
Day Two: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
FIMA Associate Administrator Keynotes
Focuses on Understanding the Threat Hazards Each Community Faces
The conference continues with the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Symposium and the first day of the buildingSMART alliance Conference. At the MMC Symposium, Large-Scale Mitigation Planning and Strategies, it is musical chairs, with morning and afternoon breakout sessions focused on different topics of mitigation planning. David L. Miller, Associate Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the keynote speaker at the luncheon, talks about how disasters impact more than just the community involved. Meanwhile, the buildingSMART alliance Conference educational sessions begin. More than 120 attendees take part in the conference, with the theme Integrating BIM: Moving the Industry Forward, to discuss how best to implement BIM into daily practice. The Institute Board of Directors, Building Enclosure (BEC) National, High Performance Building Council (HPBC), BETEC Board of Direction and the National Council of Governments on Building Codes & Standards (NCGBCS) all hold meetings.
In the evening, attendees pack the Exhibit Hall for the Exhibitors Reception to mingle with industry colleagues and see the latest products, services and technologies. After visiting all of the exhibitors and submitting her complete entry, Sylvana Ricciarini wins the drawing for an Apple iPad.
Day Three: Wednesday, January 09, 2013
AIA Chief Executive Officer Keynotes
Announces Launch of AIA-NIBS Venture
Midweek at the conference, speakers at the Integrated Resilient Design Symposium—Evaluating Risk, Improving Performance, provide an update on the latest tools available to help community safety officials and building owners assess risks to buildings. During his keynote luncheon presentation, Robert A. Ivy, FAIA, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the AIA, reveals a new venture on which the two Institutes are partnering: the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK). At FEDCon® 2013—The Annual Market Outlook on Federal Construction, representatives from eight federal agencies present their building and infrastructure budgets for the year. The buildingSMART alliance Conference continues with educational sessions focused on standards efforts and strategies to advance the industry. During the day, the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE), Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC), Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC), and Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) Board of Direction all convene meetings.
In the evening, the Institute hosts its Annual Awards Reception and Banquet. U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS) Commissioner Dorothy Robyn keynotes the celebration and talks about the agency’s recent advances in building science. Institute Chairman RK Stewart and President Henry L. Green distribute the Institute Awards and recognize new and retiring Board Members.
Day Four: Thursday, January 10, 2013
SBIC Beyond Green™ Awards Presented
Winners Highlight the Best in High-Performance Design
The week’s activities begin to wind down with the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) Symposium, the Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC) Symposium and the Innovative Technology Demonstrations. At the SBIC Symposium—Fostering Innovation to Go Beyond Green™, a panel of experts discuss the challenges and possibilities of integrating Beyond Green™, and the award winners present their case studies and lessons learned. At the High-Performance Building Awards Luncheon, Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, and Doug Read, Chairman of SBIC and Director of Government Affairs at ASHRAE, present the winners with their awards. At the LVDC Symposium—Creating Supportive Environments for Persons with Low Vision, lighting experts, healthcare specialists and people with low vision address this important issue. The Information Exchange Working Group hosts Innovative Technology Demonstrations to reveal the newest, most cutting-edge building information modeling (BIM) information exchange standards. The LVDC Board of Directors also convenes during the day.
Day Five: Friday, January 11, 2013
BIM Educational Strategy the Focus of Conference Day Five
The conference wraps up with a look at how building information modeling (BIM) is being taught to the next generation of building industry professionals. The BIM Academic Education Symposium—Setting the Course for a BIM Educational Strategy, brings together educators to establish a common educational strategy for BIM education. During the morning presentations, different universities share their educational curriculum approaches. Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design, School of Built Environment, University of Salford in the United Kingdom, gives a lunch presentation about why the profession has been so resistant to BIM. The afternoon presentations focus on educational content issues.
After completing and submitting his conference survey, Richard Keleher is selected as the winner and recipient of a free registration and three nights’ lodging for Building Innovation 2014, to be held January 6-10, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
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