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BI2020 Day 2: Resilience, Mitigation and Technology Keep the Building Industry Moving Forward

Posted By Christine Cube, ccube@nibs.org, Monday, August 24, 2020

Building professionals and officials from across the industry met virtually to close out the second day of Building Innovation 2020 on August 19.

The National Institute of Building Sciences received more than 1,000 registrants to the annual meeting, hosting representatives from 45 countries worldwide.

Day 2 of the meeting kicked offwith Billie Faircloth, partner with KieranTimberlake, whose opening Resilience keynote, How We See Now, covered adaptive architecture, building types, design strategies, and several case studies.

The afternoon was peppered with more educational sessions on a national BIM standard and roadmap, mitigation, housing affordability, workforce development, and diversity and inclusion.

Drs. Perry Daneshgari, president and CEO of MCA, Inc. and Heather Moore, vice president of operations with MCA, Inc., presented on the Workforce of the Future: Using Data to Advance Industrialization of Construction.

The team painted a picture about construction today: Industrial dropped from 50 percent to 30 percent in a decade. Consumers are looking for faster, cheaper construction.

Processes for managing work to improve productivity include agile construction (to detect and quickly respond to issues), job productivity assurance and control, and analysis around scheduled work.

How to Pay for Mitigation

A four-person panel tackled the very complex issue of how to pay for mitigation. The panel featured Kayed I. Lakhia, director of Hazard Mitigation with FEMA/DHS; Sean Kevelighan, president and CEO of the Insurance Information Institute; Michael Hernandez, vice president of housing access with the Affordable Housing Initiatives of Fannie Mae; and Carl Hedde, principal with CGH Consulting, LLC and NIBS chair.

Kevelighan mentioned a host of action partners and tools to help change behavior and move toward a “resilience movement.”

“We want businesses and communities to think about risk and management as a top-of-mind exercise all the time,” he said, adding that there were tools that could be used to be more dynamic and interactive with customers and business programs.

During the presentation, Hedde announced the release of a new NIBS resource by the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council sub-committee on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate: A Roadmap to Resilience Incentivization. The report proposes to develop and demonstrate a set of public and private incentives to owners of buildings and other infrastructure to facilitate the upgrade of existing infrastructure and better design of new infrastructure.

Lakhia also announced that FEMA plans to allocate more funds for mitigation efforts through its Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. BRIC replaces the organization’s pre-disaster mitigation grant program.

Using Modular Construction to Tackle Affordable Housing Supply Crisis

Libby O’Neill, a Multifamily Affordable Product research analyst with Fannie Mae, presented a session on Modular Multifamily Housing as an Affordable Supply Strategy.

Fannie Mae defines multifamily as rentals with five or more residential units.

According to O’Neill, some of the housing development cost drivers include development costs like market forces (land, labor and materials), regulation and financing costs, and hard construction costs, which comprise 65 percent to 73 percent of total development costs.

“We need a variety of solutions to address this crisis,” she said.

Some of the advantages of modular construction include a reduced development timeline, quality control, safety, cost savings and cost certainty, sustainability, and productivity.

Says O’Neill: “With modular construction, many have recognized this as one potential solution to the housing affordability crisis … One of the benefits is time savings. We can get more units built in less time.”

Improving Construction Safety to Recruit a Stronger and More Diverse Workforce

The closing Workforce keynote on Day 2 was given by Nancy Novak, chief innovation officer with Compass Datacenters, and Doug Mouton, general manager of Global Datacenter Procurement & Construction with Microsoft. The two discussed construction safety and how it leads to stronger recruiting and a more competitive environment.

“To get safety right, you’ve got to be a good planner,” Mouton said, adding that there’s a discernible pattern that projects with excellence in safety also improve in quality, schedule, and cost.

Novak said unhealthy behaviors can evolve to create to create a toxic work environment.

“Sometimes the hard conversations need to happen for meaningful change,” she said.

Some calls to action include creating a safe environment on sites for all workers, leadership must embrace the obligation to maintain safe and inclusive work sites, and intentional hiring and development of diverse talent.

Registration is now open for the next COVID-19 virtual town hall on healthy buildings and how they affect public health. Join us August 25! Visit nibs.org for more information. Are you on social media? Connect with us! We’re @bldgsciences

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BI2020 Day 1: Built Environment Shows Its Strength at Building Innovation Conference

Posted By Christine Cube, ccube@nibs.org, Wednesday, August 19, 2020

BI2020: Virtual Edition

The first day of the Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition conference kicked off strong with more than 1,000 registrants.

National Institute of Building Sciences CEO Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, opened the show August 18 with some encouraging words about the built environment and NIBS’ position as a convener of individuals and organizations across the building industry.

“Choosing to be a convener is no longer just a nice to have,” Woods said. “It’s an essential action not only for a healthy economy, but also a healthy citizen. Strong relationships and the pursuit of knowledge are powerful currency. [They] fund our humanity, our togetherness, and our future.”

The rest of the first day of BI2020 was filled with educational sessions that covered a wide range of resilience, technology, and workforce material. These include extending virtual design and construction for facilities management, opportunities and training for green jobs, and zero energy, which looked closely a case study in Florida of its first zero-energy school. This school is expected to save the school district of Osceola County, Florida over $115,000 annually on energy costs and was constructed within the state-mandated budget.

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3D Printed Homes for Affordable and Resilient Housing

In his opening Technology keynote, Evan Loomis, co-founder and chairman of Austin-based ICON, shared some startling facts about housing.

“With home construction, more often there’s more waste than house,” he said, about the need for sustainable construction. “Over one billion humans don’t have adequate housing. This is a crisis.”

Says Loomis: “We’ve been building homes the same way for 1,000 years. The future is 3D printed.”

Home prices also are skyrocketing, he pointed out, which “brings a lot of pain to the average American.”

So imagine if one could download and 3D print a home in 24 hours for half the cost. Maybe you could print 1,000 homes in a row, and they all could be different with just a small tweak in the design. And aside from the actual printer, the only other tool you’d need is your iPhone to manage the project.

3D printing involves near zero material waste. The total energy required for 3D printing, including production, transport, and installation of materials, is much less than for conventional wood or concrete construction, Loomis says.

“We will further advance sustainability by incorporating recycled materials and other ingredients into our concrete mixes that lock up carbon dioxide and reduce energy input even more,” he said. “Materials science is one of the most exciting frontiers for us at ICON so we can continue to drive down costs and increase sustainability over time.”

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Convergence of Design and Resilience in a Hospital

A three-person team broke down the innovation and design behind the new Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. The hospital features a host of state-of-the-art elements and reflects how resiliency is integrated with technology, sustainability, long-term adaptability, and design vision.

The panel included Judy Ou, associate principal with Perkins Eastman Architects, Carlos L. Amato, principal with CannonDesign, and Robin Whitehurst, technical principal with Bailey Edward Design, Inc.

The Stanford Hospital includes cutting-edge architecture, a 40,000-square-foot rooftop garden, LEED Silver-equivalent sustainability features, patient-centric design details, hospitality-infused furnishings, and sculptures, paintings, and commissioned installations by world-class artists.

One component of the project – the simulation lab – received its inspiration from a theater with a “center stage” and support spaces on the wings.

“Medicine is art,” Whitehurst said. “The intent of this [project] is to elevate that artform.”

And in today’s COVID-19 environment, systems like HVAC must be intelligent, the panel said. Modularity is key, and the networks are extensive.

“On the New Stanford Hospital, we have double-stacked air handling units, one set of which is a backup,” Ou explained. “Also, patient pods can draw air from other the HVAC units of other pods if their respective one needs to be shut down.”

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NIBS Awards Honors Lifetime Achievement and Two HBCU Students

The afternoon of Day 1 closed with an awards ceremony, honoring architect Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, who served as the 11th Architect of the Capitol.

Ayers was awarded NIBS’ highest honor – the Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is always given to a person who has demonstrated a lifetime of dedication to the mission and goals of NIBS. The award is named after our very first member; it was established in 2011.

Also, two students of architecture and engineering studying at a historically black college or university (HBCU) were honored with scholarships.

The Betty and Mort Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to promote diversity in the building sciences. The winners were Jenna Greer, an architecture student at Howard University, and Tanaka Chakanyuka, a civil engineering student at Southern University.

Chakanyuka said she believes engineering can make the world a better place.

“With the depletion of resources and pollution to the planet, I believe responsible engineering will help secure the planet for future generations,” she said.

The Courage and Genius of Sustainability

Closing the conference was George Bandy Jr., who serves as a global leader for corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Bandy also served as the former chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Bandy discussed the genius of living buildings – essentially, a program that took someone “taking a risk that wasn’t done before.”

“Courage requires us to take risks,” he said.

Also, for the first time, there are more people living in cities than do not. Millennials and Generation Z also value work/life balance over financial reward.

What does this mean for building and construction? How do we become relevant for customers?

The spaces where people experience the best success are not in cubicles with no light or plants, he said.

“Different kinds of work require different kinds of spaces,” Bandy said.

Have you tuned into BI2020? Attendees have access to the recorded sessions for 60 days. Also, connect with us on social! We’re @bldgsciences on Twitter, or you can find us on Facebook.

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BI2020 Workforce: Green Jobs, Workforce of the Future, Workforce Development, and Diversity and Inclusion

Posted By Christine Cube, Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A dedicated workforce is among the most critical components of a successful built environment.

This is why workforce is one of our tracks for Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition.

BI2020 takes place in less than a month – August 18-19. In addition to workforce, we also will present the best information around building technology and resilience.

Here is the Workforce session lineup:

  • The Next Generation of Green Jobs: Opportunities and Training for the Green Economy with Jaime Van Mourik, Vice President, Education Solutions, U.S. Green Building Council, Patricia Andrasik, Associate Professor and head of sustainability outreach at the School of Architecture and Planning, Catholic University of America, and Ryan Snow, Director, Market Transformation + Development, U.S. Green Building Council. In this session led by the U.S Green Building Council, we will explore the current jobs landscape in the context of an evolving green building industry, and how we must prepare now for the needs of the future.
  • Energy-Efficient Workforce Design in a Rapidly Advancing Technological Workplace with Daniel Villao, Principal and Managing Partner, Intelligent Partnerships. This session looks at the successful development of careers and expansion of market opportunities in energy efficient construction, necessitating local access to construction projects. This goal that can be achieved through pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs with a clear path to hiring a highly-skilled and sustainable workforce.
  • Workforce of the Future: Using Data to Advance Industrialization of Construction with Dr. Perry Daneshgari, President and CEO, MCA, Inc., and Dr. Heather Moore, VP of Operations, MCA, Inc. This session covers how the entire construction supply chain and construction outcomes can improve based on data and digitalization of information about what and how to build, and who and where is best for the build process.
  • Innovative Workforce Development: Collaborative Partnerships Addressing Diversity & Inclusion with Gen Z with Kristen Fallon, Regional Vice President of Member Services, Lehigh Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Jon C. Lattin, Technical Sales Manager, Corrosion Technology Systems, Inc. Gen Z – young women in particular – is not being shown the benefits of a career in construction. This session will demonstrate how an idea at the local level became reality through the collaboration of industry organizations.
  • Improving Construction Safety to Recruit a Stronger and More Diverse Workforce, with Nancy Novak, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Datacenters, and Doug Mouton, General Manager, Global Datacenter Procurement and Construction at Microsoft. Presented by the Women Executives in Building Summit, this keynote will explore how the topic of safety in the construction industry and the need for efficiency and better production are closely related. Among the takeaways: How an enduring safety culture creates safe workers and jobsites, and how adopting and enforcing safety practices eliminates project disruptions.

BI2020 is open to all within the built environment and features a “pay what you can” registration fee. Registration fees will be used to support the cost of the technology, and the National Institute of Building Sciences 501(c)3 non-profit mission to serve the public interest by advancing building science and technology to improve the built environment.

The International Code Council is the overall presenting conference sponsor. Register for Building Innovation 2020 today!

Looking for more information? Follow us on social media! We’re @bldgsciences on Twitter, or you can find us on Facebook.

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BI2020 Technology: NBIMS Roadmap, Innovative Structure Monitoring Technologies, and 3D Printing for Resilient Housing

Posted By Christine Cube, Thursday, July 16, 2020

Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition is drawing closer.

The virtual meeting takes place August 18-19. Over the course of two days, the National Institute of Building Sciences will present the best information around building technology, resilience, and workforce.

BI2020 attendees also will be able to earn up to eight AIA-approved CES/HSW credits for full conference attendance.

Here is the Technology session lineup:

BI2020 Resilience Track
  • 3D Printing as a New Paradigm for Affordable, Resilient Housing with Evan Loomis, Co-Founder and Chairman, ICON. In 2018, ICON delivered the first 3D-printed home to receive a building permit in the U.S. Loomis’ presentation will cover how ICON is using robotics, software and advanced materials to bring affordable and dignified housing to people affected by disasters, while solving for a plurality of problems, including homelessness, affordability and resiliency of homes.
  • Making the Invisible Visible - Innovative Structure Monitoring Technologies to Validate and Visualize Buildings Enclosure Performance with Jason Teetaert, Co-Founder/VP, Business Development, SMT Research Ltd. This presentation will allow attendees to gain a better understanding of innovative structure monitoring technologies and tools available for quality assurance, risk mitigation, and innovation support in the construction industry. Innovative monitoring technologies enable building owners, operators, and scientists to predict future damages and/or limit liability through knowledge of what was once invisible - hidden in the walls, roof and foundation of a building - empowering the industry to develop safer, healthier and more sustainable buildings.
  • Extending Virtual Design and Construction for Facilities Management with Marjan Sadeghi, PhD, VIATechnik, LLC. This presentation will showcase the power of computational building information models in facilitating automated workflows to generate data-rich facilities management deliverables, retrieve and verify model data for the transition to FM systems, and carry out analysis for downstream FM tasks such as move management, maintenance scheduling, and energy analysis.
  • NBIMS Roadmap with Carrie Dossick, P.D. Koon Professor of Construction Management, Associate Dean for Research, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, John Messner, PhD, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State & Chair, NIBS BIM Council, and Lisa Stine, Technical Solutions Executive - Construction PlanGrid, Autodesk Construction Solutions. The NIBS BIM Council has been establishing the structure and content for the next revision of the National BIM Standard – United States (NBIMS-US).  In this session, we will present on the work to date as well as forecast the remaining work to be accomplished.
  • Modular Multifamily Housing as an Affordable Supply Strategy with Libby O'Neil, Multifamily Affordable Product Research Analyst, Fannie Mae. The high cost of developing multifamily housing is a major contributor to the affordable housing supply crisis. Modular construction, which can significantly cut hard costs, can provide a good opportunity for cost savings in the building process. With this potential for cost savings and shorter construction timelines, modular multifamily construction can be part of the strategy to address the affordable housing supply crisis currently taking place in the U.S.

Sponsoring the Technology track of BI2020 is Dell Technologies. The International Code Council is the overall presenting conference sponsor.

BI2020 is open to all within the built environment and features a “pay what you can” registration fee. Registration fees will be used to support the cost of the technology, and the NIBS 501(c)3 non-profit mission to serve the public interest by advancing building science and technology to improve the built environment. Register today!

Want to learn more? We’ll break down the Workforce sessions on the BI2020 agenda in our next post. Follow us on social media! We’re @bldgsciences on Twitter, or you can find us on Facebook.

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BI2020 Keynotes: 3D Printing Technology, Resilience and Diverse Workforce Recruitment

Posted By Christine Cube, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition is less than two months away. 

We're hard at work, combing through the virtual technology that will bring you two days of the best information around building technology, resilience, and workforce on August 18-19. Attendees also will be able to earn up to 8 AIA-approved CES/HSW credits, over two days, for full conference attendance.

Speaker highlights include these keynote presentations:

BI2020 Technology Track
Dell Technologies

3D Printing as a New Paradigm for Affordable, Resilient Housing, with Evan Loomis, Co-Founder and Chairman, ICON. In 2018, ICON delivered the first 3D-printed home to receive a building permit in the U.S. Loomis' presentation will cover how ICON is using robotics, software and advanced materials to bring affordable and dignified housing to people affected by disasters, while solving for a plurality of problems, including homelessness, affordability and resiliency of homes.

BI2020 Resilience Track

 How We See Now, with Billie Faircloth, Partner, KieranTimberlake. Faircloth leads transdisciplinary research, design, and problem-solving processes across fields including environmental management, urban ecology, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. In this session, Faircloth will discuss resilience through the daily actions and diverse projects of KieranTimberlake.

BI2020 Workforce Track

Improving Construction Safety to Recruit a Stronger and More Diverse Workforce, with Nancy Novak, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Datacenters, and Doug Mouton, General Manager, Global Datacenter Procurement and Construction at Microsoft. Presented by the Women Executives in Building Summit, this keynote will explore how the topic of safety in the construction industry and the need for efficiency and better production are closely related. Among the takeaways: How an enduring safety culture creates safe workers and jobsites, and how adopting and enforcing safety practices eliminates project disruptions.

BI2020: Virtual Edition will feature 16 sessions, covering topics like zero energy, building performance, design and resilience, mitigation, green jobs, workforce development, and the challenges that COVID-19 brings to the built environment.

It is open to all within the built environment and features a “pay what you can” registration fee. Registration fees will be used to support the cost of the technology, and the NIBS 501(c)3 non-profit mission to serve the public interest by advancing building science and technology to improve the built environment. Register today!

Want to learn more? We'll break down the Resilience sessions on the BI2020 agenda in our next post. Stay tuned! Also, let's be social! We're @bldgsciences on Twitter, or you can find us on Facebook.

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Building Innovation 2020 Moves Online

Posted By Christine Cube, Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

It’s not easy when plans change.

But the coronavirus forced a lot of new territory on the world and its global community, requiring change in many ways, especially with regard to health and safety.

So, when it came to planning for our annual meeting – Building Innovation 2020 – it became pretty clear that moving the meeting online would best serve everyone, particularly our members and audience. It would allow for a much broader built environment audience as well as provide a richer experience for those looking for information around building technology, resilience, and workforce.

Plus, it keeps everyone safe, with folks joining from the safety of their homes and offices.

Building Innovation: Virtual Edition

BI2020: Virtual Edition will be a powerfully compact event on August 18-19. Over the course of two days, the meeting will include 16 sessions, covering topics like zero energy, building performance, 3D printing, design and resilience, mitigation, green jobs, workforce development, and the challenges that COVID-19 brings to the built environment.

BI2020 also will feature a “pay what you can” registration fee, ranging from free to a maximum of $395. All registration fees will be used to support the cost of the technology, and the NIBS 501(c)3 non-profit mission to serve the public interest by advancing building science and technology to improve the built environment.

Join us and the architects, engineers, code officials, manufacturers, innovators, public and private sector representatives, officials from building and construction, and local, state and government leaders – who keep and maintain this powerful industry. Register today!

Want to learn more? We’ll be breaking down what’s new for this year’s conference in our next post. Stay tuned! Also, let’s be social! We’re @bldgsciences on Twitter, or you can find us on Facebook.

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Dell Technologies Named Exclusive Technology Day Sponsor for Building Innovation 2020

Posted By Christine Cube, ccube@nibs.org, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Dell Technologies will sponsor Technology Day (April 8), the third official day of the Building Innovation 2020 Conference and Expo.

As the exclusive Technology Day sponsor, Dell will showcase the latest in virtual reality, gaming consoles, and solutions to the technological challenges in the built environment.

In addition to supporting the Building Innovation conference, Dell also has signed on to offer members of the National Institute of Building Sciences exclusive savings on Dell products. Discounts can be found at www.dell.com/nibs.

Among the promotions, Dell is offering a coupon to NIBS members, allowing an extra 5% off all Dell desktops, notebooks, servers, electronics, and accessories. This is in addition to current promotions, so members can use more than one coupon for even greater savings.

BI2020 is scheduled for April 6-9. It’s a premiere event for the built environment that brings together innovators, government leaders, public and private sector representatives, and officials from building and construction.

The event takes place at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. Register today to attend.

Want to learn more? Visit https://www.nibs.org/. Let’s be social! We’re @bldgsciences on Twitter, or you can find us on Facebook.

 

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“I’d Like to Attend Building Innovation 2020. Will I Earn AIA and ICC Credits?” The Answer is Yes!

Posted By Christine Cube, Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A big part of today’s meetings and conventions is the opportunity to earn continuing education credits, while learning more about the industry.

That’s why the National Institute of Building Sciences has partnered with the American Institute of Architects and International Code Council to make easier some of the credit-earning potential.

Attendees at the Building Innovation 2020 Conference and Expo in April can earn up to 19 AIA-approved continuing education system/health safety welfare credits, over 4 days, for full-conference attendance. If you’re an engineer, you know that many licensing bodies accept AIA credits as part of various continuing education programs.

Can’t attend the entire conference? Here’s more on the breakdown of AIA CES/HSW credits: Each day of the conference focuses on a specific theme – resilience, technology, or workforce. Every day holds a set number of CES/HSW credits that can be earned.

Additionally, we’re hammering out details now with ICC about CEU credits and how they’ll be allotted for Building Innovation attendance. Stay tuned for more information.

BI2020 is scheduled for April 6-9. It’s a premiere event for the built environment that brings together innovators, government leaders, public and private sector representatives, and officials from building and construction.

Building Innovation takes place at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. Register today to attend.

Want to learn more? Visit https://www.nibs.org/. Let’s be social! We’re @bldgsciences on Twitter, or you can find us on Facebook.

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So you've got something to say about the built environment. We've got the meeting for you.

Posted By Christine Cube, Monday, September 30, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The deadline to speak at Building Innovation 2020 is coming up.

What is Building Innovation? It's the only place where everyone who impacts the built environment comes to find solutions, share ideas, and discuss initiatives, practices, and policies to optimize building performance and sustainability.

In the past, conference attendees have covered every facet of building design, sustainability and management, from architecture and code enforcement to mechanical and fire-protection engineering.

For 2020, we're changing things up a bit. We've streamlined the three-day meeting into three specific tracks: Resilience, technology, and workforce.

Don’t miss this compelling program, which takes place April 6-9, 2020, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. This also happens to be prime time for the cherry blossoms in the nation's capital.

So if you're in the building industry, thinking of joining this world, or would like to learn more about the inner workings of the built environment, register today. And, if you'd like to present to this group, drop in your abstract before it's too late. (Oct. 11 is too late.)

We want to hear from you. 

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