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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The National Institute of Building Sciences is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness.

Our organization strongly believes in an environment built on respect and dignity. We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to the strength of the built environment and building industry as a whole.

As conveners within the built environment, we continue to find ways to bring the industry together to discuss the challenges, share experiences, and ultimately find solutions relating to diversity and inclusion.

We continue to encourage this culture within NIBS by:

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Recognizing that we are able to grow and learn better together with a diverse team of employees and members. Having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve the complex problems of a changing-and increasingly diverse-building industry. No one person should be called upon to represent an entire community.

Acknowledging that the collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our employees and members invest in this industry represent our culture, our reputation, and achievements. We are infusing each valuable insight throughout our internal culture, systems, and practices.

Welcoming the unique contributions that potential team members bring while recruiting for our team, including education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.



More on Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Upcoming Events and Webinars
Betty and Mort Marshall Memorial Scholarship

The establishment of this annual scholarship was made possible because of a generous endowment from Betty and Mort, a sponsorship from the National Institute of Building Sciences and contributions from friends, family and colleagues.

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Women Executives in Building Virtual Series

Our quarterly virtual series invites C-suite-level women in the built environment to come together to share ideas, challenges and solutions to current issues.


2020 was a year we will never forget—from natural disasters and social unrest to a pandemic that followed us into 2021. NIBS’ monthly webinar series addresses how a year of unique challenges can ultimately build resilience in our communities, our infrastructure and the places we live, work, learn and play.

Past Events and Webinars
Improving the Workforce of the Built Environment through Social Equity

December 1, 2020: More than 40 c-suite association leaders participated in high-level discussions, during a roundtable to Improve the Workforce of the Built Environment through Social Equity hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences. This virtual meeting was designed to share best practices, data, and strategies for improving social equity in leadership positions within the industry.

Social Equity Executive Roundtable

July 28, 2021: Association leaders participated in the second roundtable that covered the results of the Built Environment Social Equity Survey, areas of opportunities and best practices for improving social equity in leadership positions within the industry.

Social Equity Industry Roundtable

On January 18, 2023, NIBS hosted 30 built environment executives at NIBS headquarters in Washington, DC, to discuss and define social equity in the built environment.The roundtable was an initiative of the Consultative Council.