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Our Story

Whether in your home, office or out in your community, the walls that surround you must be safe, structurally sound and sustainable.

It’s our job to make that happen.

The National Institute of Building Sciences is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization that supports advances in building science and technology. We were established by the U.S. Congress in the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383. Congress recognized the need for an organization to serve as an interface between government and the private sector – one that serves as a resource to those who plan, design, procure, construct, use, operate, maintain, renovate, and retire physical facilities.

We bring together experts from throughout the building industry, design, architecture, construction, and government. We lead conversations to ensure our buildings and communities remain safe, and we work to seek consensus solutions to mutual problems of concern.

A balanced blend of public and private financing supports NIBS' mission. Private sector contributions, membership dues, events, and publication sales are augmented with contracts and grants from federal and state agencies. These funds support programs that have brought together the nation's finest expertise to identify and resolve issues affecting the building process.


Meet the Board



NIBS is directed by a 21-member Board of Directors. Fifteen members are elected, and six members are appointed by the President of the United States, subject to the approval by the U.S. Senate.



    Industry Recognition



    • The Stevies
    • The Anthem Awards
    • Business Insider
    • Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Award 2023
    • Hermes Gold Award

    Explore our Councils



    NIBS operates eight volunteer bodies, including seven councils and the WBDG workgroup. Each group retains a special focus and is governed by a voluntary board with nationally recognized leaders in appropriate disciplines. Our councils and workgroup include: