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The Return of BEST
After a six-year hiatus, NIBS brought back the in-person Building Enclosure Science and Technology conference on March 19-20. Building enclosure experts and BEST6 attendees didn’t miss a beat. The conference took place at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. This year’s theme was “The Next Generation of Building Technology… more
Earthquake and Wind Storm Programs: Saving Lives and Livelihoods
Nearly half of Americans live and work in high seismic regions throughout the United States. These regions currently have $108 trillion of national building assets. The work of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) helps mitigate risk to these buildings and our communities. Separately, windstorms are responsible for 60% of… more
Future-Proofing Our Built Environment
Architecture and engineering firms face the daunting task of creating enduring structures amidst uncertain future climate conditions. Planning for the coming decades necessitates integrating climate science as a pivotal component of their decision-making process. Global warming scenarios vary widely, from severe impacts due to high greenhouse gas… more
Building Innovation Podcast
Every year, NIBS recognizes built environment professionals – thought leaders, change-makers, and innovators – folks who are getting things done and their work and projects support the industry in big ways. For the newest episode of the Building Innovation Podcast, we caught up with some of the award recipients from 2023. We spoke with the… more
Housing Affordability: A Problem Multiple Decades in the Making
By Christine Cube The National Institute of Building Sciences recently held a three-part public hearing, bringing together veteran building industry experts to discuss the state of housing affordability. There’s ample motivation to fix the problem, but it’s taken decades for us to get here. And the road forward isn’t easy to navigate. “This is… more