Building Innovation 2018 Conference & Expo
SUSTAIN. STRENGTHEN. SECURE.
Building Innovation 2018 — The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo brought together hundreds of building industry professionals to explore strategies to Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. Held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., the event included four enriching days of quality programming and activities; 55 presenters in 20 educational sessions offering 31 continuing education units; three keynote presentations; four networking events; one inspiring award ceremony; 20 exhibits; and an unveiling of the Mitigation Saves Interim Report. From the completed follow-up survey, Conference attendees gave Building Innovation 2018 an overall rating of 8.5 out of 10 points and provided positive feedback on the quality of programs and presenters.
Here’s a quick recap of the week’s events:
Day One: Monday, January 8, 2018
Councils and Committees, Meet and Greet
The National Institute of Building Sciences kicked off the first day of Building Innovation 2018 with meetings of its Board of Directors and Consultative Council in the morning and meetings of most of the other Councils and Committees in the afternoon. The Board discussed normal business activities and voted on a number of issues. During its meeting, the Consultative Council released its 2017 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council, which goes to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress. The groups that met in the afternoon included the buildingSMART alliance® (bSa); Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC); BRIK Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) Research Council; Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE); Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC); Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC); Commissioning Industry Leaders Council (CxILC); and WBDG Whole Building Design Guide Advisory Committee. Afterwards, attendees headed to the first networking event of the week, the Meet and Greet Opening Reception, sponsored by the Building Commission Association and TREMCO CS&W, and got a preview of the Exhibit Hall.
Day Two: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Resilient Infrastructure, Education Sessions, Meetings and Exhibit
Raymond P. Daddazio, EngScD, PE, kicked off the first day of education sessions Tuesday morning at the Opening Keynote Breakfast sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The President of Thornton Tomasetti, Daddazio emphasized why resilience matters. He began his presentation talking about what makes an enduring, resilient organization and then talked about what it takes to be resilient. He cited the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which, earlier in the week, had released data showing 2017 to be the most costly U.S. disaster year on record. “We can’t afford to spend $300 billion every year,” said Daddazio. Prior to introducing Daddazio, Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, announced the unveiling of the newly updated National Institute of Building Sciences website at www.nibs.org. Afterwards, the attendees made their way to one of the two morning educational sessions on managing life-cycle data and tools to evaluate resilience and sustainability, and then headed to the Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where they had a chance to mingle with the 20 exhibitors and learn about the latest technologies and opportunities in the building industry. The Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) and Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) convened later in the day. After four afternoon sessions on resilient, sustainable building design; regulating existing buildings; timber construction; and improving building performance, everyone headed back to the Exhibit Hall for the Exhibitor Reception to network and discuss the day’s events.
Day Three: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Meetings, Sessions, an Embassy and Awards
Day three of the Conference was a whirlwind of activity. Eight educational sessions, held throughout the day, covered a range of topics, including a look at the future; facades; technology; air barriers and commissioning; facility management; zero-energy buildings; life-cycle coordination; and liability and risk. During the Plenary Keynote Luncheon sponsored by The American Institute of Architects, James Timberlake, FAIA, Partner at KieranTimberlake, talked about the new U.S. Embassy in London. “I know you’re not here for the beauty of the thing,” he joked. “You’re here for the dirt and the back stories.” Timberlake proceeded to share an inside look at the challenges of the project, which, at the peak of construction, had more than a thousand workers onsite. In the afternoon, the CEO Summit convened and, during its annual meeting, the National Council on Building Codes and Standards (NCBCS) released a white paper on involving code officials early in the design process . That evening, the Institute hosted its Annual Awards Reception, sponsored by BOMA International. At its Annual Awards Banquet, the Institute recognized new and retiring Board members and honored the 2017 award winners, and the 2017 Beyond Green™ Award winners presented their projects.
Day Four: Thursday, January 11, 2018
A 20 Year Retrospective, Updates to Mitigation Saves and Education Galore
Day four of the Conference brought anniversaries and unveilings. During the FEDCon® Breakfast, Earle Kennett, former Senior Vice President (retired) at the Institute; Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, Specifications and Standards Criteria Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chair of the WBDG Advisory Council; and Bernard Deneke, PE, Director, Engineering Criteria and Programs, Naval Facility Engineering Command, presented the history, success and performance of the WBDG in celebration of its 20th Anniversary. “It was pretty cool to be involved with CD Rom in the very beginning,” said Kennett. “They’d just call and say, ‘This thing is amazing. How’d you get all of this to fit on this little disk.’” What started out with three federal agencies has grown to 12. The WBDG hosts over 6,000 documents. WBDG use has grown to an average of 3 million downloads by 500,000 users per month in 2017. Six sessions covered a variety of topics, including 3-D printing; information technology; workforce performance; post-occupancy evaluation; sustainability and health; and designing for disasters. At the Mitigation Saves Presentation Lunch, the Institute unveiled the new Mitigation Saves Interim Report, with presentations by sponsors Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Sara C. Yerkes, Senior Vice President, Governmental Relations at the International Code Council; lead author Keith Porter; and MMC Program Director Philip Schneider, AIA, and moderated by Institute Presidential Advisor Ryan M. Colker, J.D.
Conference Presentations Now Available
The Conference presentations are now available online for reference. Missed a presentation or want to go back and take a second look at a speaker’s great graphic? From the Conference program page, click on the session name and then the presentation link under the speaker’s name to view the presentation in Acrobat pdf.
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