Fourth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST4)


Fourth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST4)

April 13 – 15, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

Science meets Design

Join us for the fourth triennial BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology™ (BEST4), to be held April 13 -15, 2015, at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri. Hosted by the Kansas City Building Enclosure Council (BEC-Kansas City), BEST4 is themed "Performance Driven Architectural Design.”BEST4 is open to people working in all facets of the building industry and is structured to enhance understanding of challenging design changes and to provide a forum for peer-to-peer discussion. The Conference will tackle performance of the building enclosure in the context of full-building performance.

Networking Events at BEST4

The Conference starts on Monday, April 13. Come early and join us on Sunday evening, April 12, for a cocktail-hour reception to greet old friends and make new ones with like-minded people intent on creating a better built environment. Beginning Monday morning, we’ll be into three full days of presentations and intense discussions on the most pressing issues of state-of-the-art building envelope design – from thermal bridging to whole-building commissioning to zero net energy design to cutting-edge products.

Participants also are invited to take part in a dinner featuring a special guest speaker on Monday evening and a reception honoring our sponsors on Tuesday evening.

Products Expo

With a products expo running concurrent with the BEST4 Conference, attendees will have one-on-one opportunities to discuss building envelope products and services with some of the most knowledgeable products specialists on the continent.

Earn Educational Credits

BEST4 is the best place to earn up to 18 AIA Continuing Education System health-safety-welfare learning units (pending curriculum approval by AIA).

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Download the Event Prospectus for information on sponsorships and exhibitor packages. Reserve your sponsorship or exhibit space online.

Optional Workshop Added

BECx Workshop Preview:
Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) Education Workshop Preview
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 8:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Stay over at BEST4 to get a sneak peak at the Institute’s upcoming Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) Education Workshop. The National Institute of Building Sciences and ASTM are responding to the industry’s need for testing and certification of Building Enclosure Commissioning Providers and Building Enclosure Commissioning Specialists. ASTM is currently planning to launch its testing and certification program in April 2015. The Institute is organizing a five-day educational course to help attendees better prepare to take the ASTM test. This BECx Workshop Preview, Thursday, April 16, 2015, will give attendees a detailed overview of what topics will be addressed in the Institute’s upcoming five-day educational course.

Workshop Agenda:
Commissioning Process
Building Science Principles 1
Building Science Principles 2
Building Systems
Testing and Sampling

The optional ticket for the BECx Workshop Preview is available on the BEST4 Registration page.

Registration Rates

Online Before

Full Conference, Member
Full Conference, Non-Member
Full Conference, Academic
Full Conference, Student
One-Day Registration
Exhibit-Hall Only Ticket

Optional: BECx Workshop Preview:

$125 $150
Non-Member $175 $200

Hotel Accommodations

The Westin Kansas City at Crown CenterThe Westin Kansas City at Crown Center is the best place to stay and is the location for the BEST4 Conference and Expo. Located at 1 East Pershing Road in Kansas City, Missouri, The Westin KC is offering a special discounted conference rate for BEST4 attendees. Use this link to reserve your room by the deadline, March 11, 2015, to secure the rate and availability.

Local Transportation Discount

SuperShuttle Kansas City offers a Shared-Ride Round-Trip service to/from the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center for a discounted group rate of $30 per person. The Westin is 23 miles from the Kansas City airport. Cab rates are $2.10 per mile, plus $2.50 fee, plus $3.00 airport fee – average is $55.00 each way! Use this link to reserve your shuttle service or call 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826) and providing the code ESS6N. Download the flyer for more information.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing by February 28, 2015, and are subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after this date. No refunds will be issued for Conference no-shows.Substitutions may be made up until April 3, 2015. Requests should be sent in writing via fax to 202-289-1092 or via email to


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