Building Sciences

In This Issue 

Dates to Know

April 18-21, 2012
NIA’s 57th Annual Convention
Scottsdale, AZ

April 19
I2SL's High-Tech Talks Webinar Series: BIM: The Future for Your High-Tech Facility

April 26-27
2012 Green California Summit and Expo
Sacramento, CA

April 29 - May 8, 2012
2012 ICC Group A Code Development Hearings
Dallas, TX

May 8-9, 2012
2102 Women's' Leadership Conference
Women in Construction

New York, NY

May 13-17, 2012
World Renewable Energy Forum
Denver, CO

May 17-19, 2012
AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition
Washington, DC

May 21-25, 2012
buildingSMART International Council
London, England

June 1-6, 2012
ASME 2012 Annual Meeting
Montreal, QB

June 11-14, 2012
NFPA Conference & Expo
Las Vegas, NV

June 24-26, 2012
BOMA 2012 International Conference & Every Building Show
Seattle, WA

June 24-27, 2012
2012 ASHRAE Annual Conference
San Antonio, TX

August 6, 2012
HAZUS User Conference
Philadelphia, PA

September 12-14, 2012
CONSTRUCT2012 & The CSI Annual Convention
Phoenix, AZ

September 18-19, 2012
7th Global Insulation Conference & Exhibition
Riga, Lativa

September 23-27, 2012
IAPMO 83rd Annual Education and Business Conference
Hollywood, FL

October 9-11, 2012
2012 METALCON International
Chicago, IL

October 11-13, 2012
IALD Enlighten Americas 2012
Vancouver, BC

October 16-17, 2012
12th Global Gypsum Conference & Exhibition
Istanbul, Turkey

October 18-20, 2012
ASCE 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference
Montreal, QC

October 21-28
ICC Annual Conference and Group A Final Action Hearings
Portland, OR

October 24-26, 2012
ATC&SEI Advances in Hurricane Engineering Conference
Miami, FL

October 27-31, 2012
2012 ASPE Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition
Charlotte, NC

November 11-13, 2012
2012 IES Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN

November 12-13, 2012
8th Global Slag Conference & Exhibition
Las Vegas, NV

January 7-10, 2013
Building Innovation 2013
Washington, DC

The Journals

Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM)

Journal of Building Enclosure Design (JBED)

Journal of Advanced and High-Performance Materials (JMAT)

Journal of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Assessment (JHAZ)

What's On WBDG

The WBDG Construction Waste Management Resource Page has been updated. Diverting as much construction and demolition (C&D) waste from landfill disposal as possible should be the goal of each project. This resource page describes the management of C&D waste, the defines the materials that can and cannot be recycled or reused, how to incorporate requirements for recycling or reuse into construction contracts, and provides standards and resources dealing with the topic.

Industry News

ANSI to Host Exploratory Meeting for Energy Efficiency Standards Panel
All interested stakeholders are invited to register for an April 25 exploratory meeting hosted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to examine the need for a potential ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel, and to hear directly from stakeholders what shape such an activity should take. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input from stakeholders as to areas where an ANSI standards panel would be most beneficial in coordinating a U.S. approach to energy efficiency standardization activities. Registration is free and is open to all interested stakeholders. To accommodate broad participation, both in-person and webinar registration is available. The meeting will be held at the FHI 360 Conference Center (8th floor, Academy Hall) in Washington, DC.

April 2012

The Institute in Action 

Institute and ASTM International Collaborate on Building Enclosures

To further improve building enclosure design and commissioning, and to facilitate a broader understanding of building enclosures, ASTM International and the National Institute of Building Sciences have entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA). Signed by ASTM President James A. Thomas and Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, in March 2012, the MOA will establish collaboration between the Institute and ASTM in publishing a building enclosure commissioning process that will follow ASHRAE Guideline 0: The Commissioning Process. The agreement aims to incorporate all building commissioning activities into a whole building commissioning process. Building enclosure commissioning endeavors to ensure that exterior enclosures meet or exceed the expectations of owners’ project requirements. Under the terms of the MOA, ASTM will develop standards and a personnel certification program on building enclosure commissioning, while the Institute will focus on the development of a commissioning training program. Read the release.

Support is Building for Building Innovation 2013 Conference

The Institute’s new Conference and expo, Building Innovation 2013, is gaining significant support from industry stakeholders. Scheduled for January 7-10, 2013, in Washington, D.C., this event will focus on Improving Resiliency through High Performance and deliver informative programming from all of the Institute’s councils, committees and projects. McGraw-Hill Construction has taken the lead role as the Conference sponsor adding their solid reputation as a reliable and trusted industry information resource. Other sponsorships currently include: The American Institute of Architects, the leading professional association for architects; Lehigh Hanson, a leading manufacturer of building materials; Nemetschek Vectorworks, experts in information technology in the AEC sector; and Research Opportunities Management, a research and development consultancy. To find out more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, download the event prospectus. Visit the Conference website for more information on the event.

Institute President Visits Students, Local Professionals

Achieving high-performance buildings requires the engagement and cooperation of the many practitioners engaged in building design, construction and operations and maintenance. The Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina embraced this idea and held a joint meeting of the Greensboro, North Carolina, chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council, ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects on April 12. At this rare meeting of the three groups, Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA spoke on "Achieving Building Community Goals: A High-Performing Sector Producing High-Performance Buildings" and the need for a cooperative and integrated approach to achieving desired building performance. In addition to professionals from the three groups, students from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) attended. Earlier in the day, Green addressed additional architectural engineering students and ASHRAE student chapter members at NCA&T. The students were particularly interested in building sciences and the application of their coursework to current challenges within the building community. According to Green, "The students of today will need to deal with the buildings we’ve designed and constructed and will be responsible for designing their own future. I am hopeful that the next generation of building professionals will embrace the need to produce high-performance buildings.”  View the presentation.

Board Member and Hurricane Wind Expert Charlie Everly Dies at 81

Former National Institute of Building Sciences Board member Charles O. Everly died April 8, 2012. An active contributor to codes and standards development, Everly participated on many professional boards, including the Council of American Building Officials (CABO), and served as president of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA) Board of Directors. He served on the Institute Board from 1987 to 1993. "Charlie and I were on the small committee that wrote the BOCA [National Building Code] section on Covered Malls, which was adopted (unchanged) by ICBO [International Conference of Building Officials] and SBCCI [Southern Building Code Congress International]," said Jim. W. Sealy, FAIA, immediate past president of the Institute Board. "At subsequent code hearings it was fun to listen to proposed changes to that section and hear proponents espouse about what the drafters intended. I would go to the mic and explain that there were two of the drafters in the room and this is what we intended. Charlie would follow and say, ‘That was my twin brother. I'm not that old.’" Born in 1931, Everly graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a degree in architectural engineering. He was employed as director of the Department of Building and Mechanical Inspections for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, before moving to Sarasota, Florida, in 1984 to assume the position of director of building and zoning for Sarasota County. After retiring in 1996, he practiced as a code consultant in the building industry. Well known and highly regarded for his many years of leadership and contributions in the codes and standards arena, Everly was one of the world's foremost experts of wind effects and wind resistant design. His contributions to the masonry industry particularly have been unparalleled and have made masonry structures one of the safest building systems for hurricane resistance today. As a professional engineer he received many awards. "Charlie was plain and simple, an honorable man," said Sealy. "And that is the way he worked."

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Hazus Oversight Underway

Standing expert committees, maintained by the Institute for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), have begun oversight of the Hazus Flood, Earthquake, Wind and Coastal Surge Models, and the Tsunami Model currently under development. Hazus is a powerful risk assessment methodology for analyzing potential losses from floods, hurricane winds and earthquakes. The committees’ objectives are to enable the Hazus models to continue producing credible results for national and regional annualized studies and for regional and local studies for one or more return periods. This effort includes loss methodology validation, and model results validation and quality assurance. The Flood Committee, which met on March 13, developed 11 prioritized recommendations for future development. In a March 26 teleconference, the Tsunami Committee reviewed new developments by the model developers. And, the Wind Committee, which held a teleconference on April 2, developed a list of recommendations to be prioritized before the end of this month. Find out more.  

DHS Calls for Resilience Award Nominees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is calling for nominations for the first ever Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience. On September 11, 2001, Richard "Rick” Rescorla was vice president of Security for Morgan Stanley at their Headquarters in the World Trade Center. He personally led a massive evacuation of Morgan Stanley’s 2,700 employees, and all but six of Morgan Stanley’s workers in the South Tower survived. Rick Rescorla was one of those killed and was last seen walking back up the stairs to rescue more people. During the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano honored Rescorla’s memory presenting the DHS Distinguished Public Service Medal to his widow at a ceremony in New York City. Later that month, she announced the creation of a national award inspired by Rescorla’s actions and resilience. The Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience is the Department’s first national resilience award for superior leadership and innovation by a non-governmental individual or organization who exemplifies the qualities and achievements of Rick Rescorla, emphasizing leadership in effective preparation, response, and recovery in the face of disasters. DHS is accepting nominations online through May 15. Submit a nominee.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Building Enclosure Council Breakfast Featured at AIA Convention

This year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention will feature a number of building-science related programs, including the annual Building Enclosure Council (BEC) breakfast. The BEC breakfast, "Making the Enclosure Match the Rhetoric: The Client's View of Value,” will take place on the first day of the Convention, which will be held in Washington, D.C., May 17 -19. Rise and shine for the 6:30 – 8:00 am breakfast on Thursday, May 17, and take part in a lively discussion with Dirk Meyer, AIA, technical advisor, building enclosures for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Public Building Service. Meyer will explain how the goals of energy efficiency, innovation and expedited delivery time frames are challenging GSA and the design/construction community to step up their game and how building enclosure plays a key role in the successful accomplishment of these goals. Enclosure commissioning has become much more than a quality assurance practice to confirm clients get what they pay for; rather, it is a value-added process to maximize results while looking to reduce investment. Admission to the breakfast is only $25. To attend, go to the AIA Convention website and sign up for event TH100. While online, check out the other building-science programs scheduled during the AIA Convention. At the Convention, stop by the Institute’s booth on the AIA Expo floor to get more information.

BEST3 was the BEST Conference Yet

"High Performance Buildings – Combining Field Experience with Innovation,” the third Building Enclosure Science and Technology (BEST3) Conference, was held April 2- 4 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Conference presented a collegial venue for more than 300 attendees. Building scientists, architects, engineers, contractors and others in the building industry shared their technical knowledge and know-how of building systems and materials that deliver high-energy efficiency, good indoor climate and long-term performance. Attendees included representatives from China, Japan, Norway and Poland. In addition to 22 technical sessions to choose from, conference attendees had exclusive access to an exhibition hall featuring the latest products and materials of the BEST3 sponsors and exhibitors. Also highlighting the schedule were a tasting dinner, lecture by building scientist R. Christopher Mathis and a whirlwind tour of the architecturally exquisite High Museum of Art. Presentations delivered at the BEST3 Conference will be accessible on the Conference website by April 23.

BEST4: Kansas City Here We Come

The Building Enclosure Council-National (BEC-National) Executive Committee announced on April 4 that the BEST4 Conference, to be held in the spring of 2015, will take place in Kansas City, Mo. All of the 28 local Building Enclosure Councils were invited to submit proposals for hosting the Conference, which will henceforth be held once every three years, in rotation with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Whole Buildings Conference series and the National Building Envelope Council of Canada’s Conference series. Proposals were evaluated in terms of geographic location, active participation by the local BEC, accessibility of nearest major airport, and available facilities and accommodations. The BEC-National Executive Committee was also impressed by the great show of local enthusiasm represented in letters of support from the Kansas City business and civic communities. Stay tuned for details on BEST4 as they unfold and visit the BEST Conference website for more information on past and future conferences.

Information Resources and Technologies


FEDCon® Now Set for January 2013

The Institute’s premier market outlook conference on federal construction, FEDCon® has moved to January in 2013. Normally held annually in December, the move puts FEDCon® ‘13 in conjunction with the Institute’s Annual Conference and Expo, Building Innovation 2013, scheduled for January 7-10 in Washington, D.C. The popular FEDCon® event, first held by the Institute in 1993, will continue to provide attendees with the most authoritative, up-to-date information on federal agency building and infrastructure budgets, construction forecasts and regulatory updates. Leading officials from a number of federal agencies, including the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will present their construction budgets for the current year and planned budgets for future years, discuss the types of buildings to be designed, offer regional and international construction information and provide the overall direction of their design/construction programs. Find out more about FEDCon® ’13.

builidngSMART alliance Presents to China Academy of Building Research Groups

A group of distinguished representatives from the China Academy of Building Research (CABR) visit the Institute to learn about buildingSMART alliance™ activities, including the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and other newly added standards in the National BIM Standard-United States™. Deke Smith (center left), executive director of the Alliance, answers questions following his presentation, while Xin Wang (center right) of XTWO International, serves as translator. Ryan Colker, Institute presidential advisor; Renee Tietjen of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and Arol Wolford, chief executive officer of SMARTBIM, also spoke to the delegation.

Collaborating with UK and Ireland on BIM Standards

On April 9, the Institute signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the buildingSMART alliance™ and the buildingSMART United Kingdom and Ireland to collaborate on the development of the National BIM Standards. The organizations will also work together to promote acceptance of all information exchanges defined by the Life Cycle information exchange (LCie) to include the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard, the Specifiers Property information exchange (SPie) standard and the Equipment Layout information exchange (ELie) standard. The United Kingdom’s government has required the use of COBie in all buildings. Find out more. View the video.

NCEF at the National Green Schools Design Summit

Judy Marks, Director of the Institute’s National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities participated in the National Green Schools Design Summit in Washington, D.C., March 7-9. The Summit, presented by the American Architectural Foundation, was held in association with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. Marks was part of a group of national thought leaders in education and design that convened for a forum exploring the local-level impact of effective partnerships between cities, school districts, national education organizations and the federal government. Find out more about the summit.

Facelift for Interest Groups

The Institute’s buildingSMART alliance™ Interest Groups are local grass roots organizations that allow practitioners and stakeholders throughout the facility industry a chance to network and share knowledge for the common goal of transforming the industry. These local Interest Groups are undergoing a facelift to rebuild with a more structured organization starting with the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Interest Group. The new Interest Group format was market tested at the 2012 Florida BIMSmart Summit, a fundraising/membership drive event for the Alliance, held April 29. This event, held at the Broward County Convention Center, attracted 40 registrants and 25 new members for the Alliance. Commissioner Dale V. Holness of Broward County along with other presenters from the county demonstrated their commitment to open BIM during the event. Cindy W. Baldwin, CGC, CM-BIM, LEED® AP, Principal of ACAI Associates, Inc. hosted the Summit and provided valuable feedback after the meeting. With the positive response for the new format, the Alliance will be addressing other Interest Groups around the country in the coming months. Learn more about Interest Groups.

Promoting BIM for the Next Generation

The Institute's buildingSMART alliance™ is out promoting building information modeling (BIM). On April 11, Deke Smith, executive director of the Alliance delivered the BIM Technical Seminar  keynote at the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) at Arizona State University. During the seminar titled, "BIM: Virtually Undeniable Real World Benefits,” Smith presented the audience with the importance of standards, notably the National BIM Standard-United States™ in achieving interoperability and the facility industry’s need to begin producing facilities as a team sport.

On April 19 from 1 – 2 p.m., Smith will present a session at the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) High-Tech Talk Webinar, titled " BIM: The Future for Your High-Tech Facility. ” The discussion will cover how the Alliance is collaborating with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and I2SL to develop consensus-based, open BIM standards while transforming BIM education to produce the facilities and infrastructure practitioners of the next generation. Find out more about the webinar.

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