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Windy City’s Building Conference Attracts Thousands From Within the Built Environment

Posted By Sarah Swango, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Chicago sure made an impression.

The National Institute of Building Sciences sent a small team to the Chicago Build Conference and Expo Sept. 19 and 20, at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

After setting up our booth (No. 755), our marketing, sales and technical staff were swamped in the best possible way.

We were greeted with high energy, and our booth saw tons of traffic. NIBS’ staff met with a variety of architects, designers, real estate professionals, and engineers. We promoted the value NIBS membership, including being able to participate on any or all the organization’s councils. These councils include the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, Building Seismic Safety Council, buildingSMART alliance, Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council, Multihazard Mitigation Council, and Off-Site Construction Council.

We also promoted attendance and sponsorship opportunities for our upcoming annual meeting: Building Innovation 2020. BI2020 takes place in the spring, right around cherry blossom time in Washington, DC.

There was so much interest.

The conversations we had were very engaging and energized. Let’s hope we were able to recruit new members, sponsors, and attendees to our annual conference.

Chicago Build was the first event of its kind for the Windy City, but the BUILD series has grown in recognition from hosting other events in New York, London, and Sydney, Australia.

For more information about NIBS membership, Kristen Petersen, And if you’d like to talk about sponsoring Building Innovation 2020, please contact me -- Sarah Swango,

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Talk about a busy summer.

Posted By Christine Cube, Monday, September 16, 2019


The National Institute of Building Sciences team and staff criss-crossed the country for meetings, speaking engagements, and conferences, including A’19 with the American Institute of Architects, Resilient Virginia, Disaster Resilience Symposium at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, Energy Exchange 2019, SEAOC Convention of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, and BIMExpo in Hanover, Germany.


At Resilient Virginia, for example, NIBS team member Jiqiu Yuan presented about mitigation and gave an overview of the 2020 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program recommended seismic provisions, which have been in development by the NIBS Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Provisions Update Committee (PUC). Yuan oversees the BSSC.


The U.S. is approaching a tipping point, with $990 billion a year being spent on new construction and buildings between 2008 to 2017.


The 2020 edition of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program provisions (as well as previous editions) have been sponsored by FEMA.


This state-of-the-art document summarizes the major code change proposals that are considered to have wide-ranging implications regarding future seismic design requirements for buildings. It will serve as a national resource for design professionals and U.S. standards and code-development agencies.


Also this summer, NIBS hosted a conversation to envision a U.S. national BIM roadmap led by the Centre for Digital Built Britain.


This week, NIBS will be at Chicago Build, a leading construction, design, and real estate show for Chicago and the Midwest. And, coming up on Oct. 4, we will host the inaugural Women Executives in Building Summit.


The event is being held at the headquarters of the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C.


Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS, says the summit is “an opportunity to bring together the unique and intelligent group of female leaders in the C-suite that represent building industry-related associations.”


“This is a very niche group, but it is important for us to come together to learn, share, and grow,” Woods says, in a release.


The NIBS team hand-picked the executives to be invited to the first annual summit. Already, the wheels are in motion to open up the event in 2020 to female business owners and C-suite leaders across the built environment.


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NIBS Staff Support Federal Energy Management Program’s 2019 Energy Exchange Show

Posted By Kyle Barry, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Be Efficient and Resilient theme emphasizes the support of optimized operations and cost-effective and resilient projects

The National Institute of Building Sciences attended the DOE Federal Energy Management Program’s 2019 Energy Exchange and Trade Show in Denver at the end of August. The NIBS team went to support the FEMP Workforce Development program.

Energy Exchange is the federal government’s premier annual training and peer-networking event for the federal energy and water management community. This three-day event featured more than 100 training sessions, over a dozen plenary speakers, and 13 technical tracks. Here’s a snapshot of the comprehensive technical training agenda.

For sessions offering International Association for Continuing Education and Training CEUs, NIBS staff provided training on how to access session assessments and evaluation on the NIBS Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG), the learning management system for all accredited training events within the FEMP Workforce Development Program, including the Energy Exchange.

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