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Dates to Know

September 9-12
NASEO 2012 Annual Meeting
Minneapolis, MN

September 11-15
CONSTRUCT2012 & The CSI Annual Convention
Phoenix, AZ

September 17-18
Federal Enterprise Risk Management Summit
Arlington, VA

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

September 18
Consultative Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 19
Coordinating Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 20
Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, DC

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

September 27-28
Green California Schools Summit
Pasadena, CA

September 27-28
Green California College Summit*
Pasadena, CA

October 2
COBie Guide – Comments Due

October 2-3
NFMT Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

October 9-11
2012 METALCON International
Chicago, IL

October 9-12
Baltimore, MD

October 9-12
14th Annual Lean Construction Institute Congress
Arlington, VA

October 10
NADRA 2012 Annual Meeting
Baltimore, MD

October 11
U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2012
Washington, DC

October 11-13
IALD Enlighten Americas 2012
Vancouver, BC

October 15-19
buildingSMART International Meeting
Tokyo, Japan

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

October 18
DHS Resilient Buildings Workshop
Washington, DC

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

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

October 22-24
Building Enclosure Commissioning Process for Delivering Quality Constructed Projects
Las Vegas, NV

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

October 30-November 1
SARMA 6th Annual Conference
Arlington, VA

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

October 31-November 2
IFMA's World Workplace 2012
San Antonio, TX

November 8
HVACie – Comments Due

November 11-13
2012 IES Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN

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

January 6-7, 2013
Energy Forum on Solar Building Skins
Bressanone, Italy

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

The Journals

Journal of Building Information Modeling (JBIM)

NEW! 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 Whole Building Design Guide® has recently added an Electrical Engineering Design Discipline page. This WBDG page provides a brief history of electrical engineering and describes the various types of design that electrical engineers do.

Industry News

ANSI to Host Roundtable on Resiliency Metrics
The American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) will host a roundtable discussion on current resilience standards and the possible creation of a new system for designating resilience. Entitled Resiliency Metrics: Standards, Test Labs & Methods, and Measuring Tools, the roundtable will occur August 22 in New Orleans in conjunction with the 61st SES – The Society for Standards Professionals Annual Conference.


August 2012

The Institute in Action 

ICC Requests Institute Input on cdp ACCESS

The International Code Council (ICC) is inviting National Institute of Building Sciences members to provide feedback on a new ICC initiative. The cdp ACCESS initiative is a collaborative effort to expand access and participation in the ICC Code Development Process. The ICC Board appointed a diverse Steering Committee (chaired by ICC Past President and current Institute Board Member Wally Bailey) to oversee the project. The Committee has established a number of channels to provide information and collect feedback. Find out how to participate.

Prime Advertising Space: Conference Program
Institute Members Get 10% off Rates until September 15

Building Innovation 2013, the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, will present an informative, content-rich program schedule to a broad audience of industry professionals including: architects, engineers, builders and contractors; building product manufacturers and distributers; software producers; building owners and operators; local, state and federal agencies; codes and standards organizations; labor organizations; real estate professionals; and academia. With a focus on Improving Resiliency through High Performance, attendees are actively interested in the latest building science and technology. This event provides a captive audience to promote your products and services. The Conference Program will be in the hands of all attendees, speakers and exhibitors. An advertisement in the Conference Program is a great opportunity to deliver your marketing message to qualified industry leaders and decision makers. The Building Innovation 2013 Conference Program will be printed in full color on high quality, glossy coated stock. Black and white advertisements are also accepted. Members can show their support and get 10 percent off affordable advertising rates until September 15, 2012. See rates and specifications. Reserve your space today.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Green Submits Written Testimony on Natural Disaster Mitigation

In July, Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, provided written testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. The Subcommittee held a hearing to review building codes and mitigation efforts to help minimize the costs associated with natural disasters. Green's testimony focused on the efforts of the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) and Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) and the Institute’s ongoing work with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Read the House testimony.

NEHRP Graduate Fellowship Awarded to Swenson

Each year, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) awards a fellowship in  cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). Scott Swenson, a PhD candidate in structural engineering and geomechanics at Stanford University, has been selected as the 2012-2013 NEHRP Graduate Fellow in Earthquake Hazard Reduction. Swenson is conducting research on two approaches to improve the seismic performance of low-rise lightweight residential construction made of either wood or cold-formed steel framing. While not a major life-threatening risk, damage to residential housing has been a major contributor to earthquake losses and a disruption to families and community. Read the EERI release.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Institute Testifies on Water and Energy Efficiency

The National Institute of Building Sciences testified last month before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Power during a hearing on water efficiency and energy impacts. Invited to provide oral testimony by the Subcommittee, Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, highlighted findings and recommendations from a recently released report developed by the Institute’s Consultative Council, specifically addressing concerns related to improving energy and water efficiency.

Green discussed the need to establish water benchmark data at both the whole building level and for individual end uses; the impact utilities and building managers can have on water use by installing metering and sub-metering in buildings; the importance of developing a national water strategy; and the dire need to upgrade the nation’s energy and water delivery infrastructure. Read the Senate testimony.

BETEC Symposium Offers a Window into "A World of Change"

2013 BETEC SymposiumTake a look into the world of windows at the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium. With the theme Fenestration: A World of Change, the BETEC Symposium, to be held Monday, January 7, in Washington, D.C. as part of the Institute's Annual Conference and Expo, will provide attendees with the most recent developments in fenestration performance and technology.

A collection of leading experts will share the latest information available on a variety of fenestration technology and performance topics. Chris Mathis, President, Mathis Consulting Company, will chair this full-day event. View the presenters and topics.

NASEO, Companies to Advance Energy and Economic Opportunities

The 56 state and territory energy offices and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) are coupling technological innovation and strategic partnerships with the delivery of sustainable programs, policies and actions to advance the nation’s energy priorities. NASEO will host its 2012 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this September 9-12. With the theme States Partnering with America’s Leading Companies to Advance Energy and Economic Opportunities, the event offers energy stakeholders the latest information on high-performance commercial buildings initiatives, innovative energy investment and financing, advanced manufacturing, electric transportation initiatives and integrated resource planning. The National Institute of Building Sciences is a sponsor of the event. Board Chairman RK Stewart, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC, Hon. JIA, LEED AP, is an event speaker. Find out more about the conference.

Information Resources and Technologies


Moor to Chair NBIMS-US V3 Project Committee

The Nominating Committee for the nation’s building information modeling (BIM) standard has selected a new chair to lead development of the next edition. Christopher Moor, director of industry initiatives at the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), will lead the Project Committee in developing Version 3 (V3) of the National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™). He is a current member of the NBIMS-US Project Committee and a director on the buildingSMART alliance™ Board of Direction. Learn more about Moor.

HVAC Information Exchange Out for Public Comment

A new information exchange focused on heating, ventilating and cooling systems (HVAC) is now available for public review and comment. HVAC experts, architects, engineers, builders, specifiers, facility managers, manufacturers and others involved with HVAC and the construction process are requested to provide input on the HVAC information exchange (HVACie). The purpose is to ensure that products, product assemblies, properties and connections between pipes, ducts and other HVAC equipment are properly represented in the building information model (BIM). Learn more about HVACie.

FEDCon® 2013 Presents Federal Construction Plans for the Year

FEDCon 2013Gain insight on federal design and construction budgets, programs, events and market outlook across applicable federal agencies at the FEDCon®  2013—The Annual Market Outlook Conference on Federal Construction. FEDCon® will take place Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C., as part of Building Innovation 2013—the Institute’s Annual Conference and Expo.

Now in its 20th year, the popular FEDCon® event gives private-sector architects, engineers, general and specialty contractors, and manufacturers insight into what they need to know to deliver services and products to the U.S. federal government. Find out who has been invited to speak.

The Latest in Chinese BIM Software

Representatives of the School of Software of Tsinghua University share building information modeling (BIM)-related presentations with Consultative Council Director Ryan Colker (left) and buildingSMART alliance Executive Director Deke Smith (second left) during a July visit to the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Participate in the Smart Market Survey

The Institute is pleased to be partnering with McGraw-Hill Construction on a North American industry-wide survey of building information modeling (BIM). The survey, which involves 13 other construction associations in the United States, will take a comprehensive look at BIM adoption and usage by architects, engineers, planners, contractors, specialty contractors, specifiers, estimators, construction managers, design-builders, fabricators, distributors, manufacturers and owners.

The survey, which should take about 15-20 minutes to complete, will capture the insights of professionals who currently use BIM, as well as those who do not. The results will be strictly confidential. The survey closes August 31. Complete the survey.

Reference to NCEF Reaches 65 Million Readers

The cover story of last week’s August 12 issue of Parade Magazine, focused on the status of the nation’s schools. The article, Special Report: Rebuilding America's Schools, written by Barry Yeoman, cited the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) as an information resource. It stated, "Many websites contain good information about school buildings; the most comprehensive is the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities." The most widely read magazine in America, Parade reaches more than 65 million Americans each week.

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