Building Sciences

In This Issue 

Dates to Know

February 16, 2012
National BIM Standard Executive Committee
New York, NY

February 22-24, 2012
ESRI Federal GIS Conference
Washington, DC

February 28-March 3, 2012
NCMA Annual Convention
Orlando, FL 

March 1-3, 2012
The Precast Show/ICON Expo
Orlando, FL 

March 5-6, 2012
buildingSMART International Implementers Support Group
Washington, DC

March 6-7, 2012
2012 IES Research Symposium
Washington, DC

March 7, 2012
buildingSMART alliance Implementers Support Group
Washington, DC

March 7-8, 2012
GLOBALCON/AEE Conference & Expo
Atlantic City, NJ

March 13-15, 2012
2012 NFMT
Baltimore, MD

March 13-17, 2012
AGC Annual Convention
Honolulu, HI

March 14-17, 2012
International Equipment EXPO
San Antonio, TX

March 18-20, 2012
GANA BEC Conference & Tradeshow
Las Vegas, NV

March 18-23, 2012
buildingSMART International
Oslo, Norway

April 2-4, 2012
BEST3 Conference
Atlanta, GA

April 2-4, 2012
2012 FIATECH Technology Conference
Miami, FA

April 11-13, 2012
IFMA Facility Fusion Conference & Expo
Chicago, IL

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

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

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

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

June 2-6, 2012
ASME 2012 Annual Meeting
Montreal, QB

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

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

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

August 6, 2012
HAZUS User Conference
Philadelphia, PA

September 13-15, 2012
CONSTRUCT2012 & The CSI Annual Convention
Phoenix, AZ

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

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

If you are visiting the WBDG just for specific documents or tools you use regularly in your work, but haven’t explored the website – you are really missing out on many more valuable resources WBDG has to offer! To learn more about WBDG and all it has to offer, we invite you to visit the WBDG User’s Guide. The User’s Guide provides an audiovisual tour on navigating this online resource, how the site is organized, how to use the site map, understanding the breakdown of the subsections in Design Guidance (Building Types, Space Types, Design Disciplines, Design Objectives and Products & Systems) and how to explore the Documents and References section (Federal High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, Federal Mandates, Construction Criteria Base, Periodicals, Case Studies, Participating Agencies and Industry Organizations directory).



February 2012

The Institute in Action 

Institute Welcomes the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

The National Institute of Building Sciences is pleased to welcome the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) as a new council of the Institute. SBIC is a leading advocate of the whole building approach to sustainable facilities. The establishment of SBIC under the auspices of the Institute allows for an expanded focus on the role of resource efficiency and energy use in the achievement of high-performance buildings. SBIC and the Institute share a long history of collaboration and focus on related industry issues. In recent years, SBIC has embraced the high-performance building attributes as a fundamental aspect of their mission. The concept of Beyond Green™ embraced by SBIC finds parallels in the high-performance and whole building approach that is the foundation of many Institute programs, including the Whole Building Design Guide and the High-Performance Building Council. Read the release.

Building Innovation 2013 Attracts Major Sponsor

McGraw-Hill Construction will take on the prominent role of conference sponsor for Building Innovation 2013: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo. The conference to be held January 7-10, 2013, in Washington, D.C., will focus on Improving Resiliency through High Performance. Long-time organizational member, McGraw-Hill Construction attaches its solid reputation for being a reliable and trusted resource of industry information to the Institute’s authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment to support the delivery of this event. "We applaud the work the National Institute of Building Sciences continues to perform in advancing building science and innovation as well as convening the industry together to help develop industry solutions. Furthering thought leadership and intelligence on key construction industry trends is a tenet of McGraw-Hill Construction," the company noted. Read the release.

Other sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available for industry organizations to show their support for the Institute and present their products and services to the Building Innovation 2013 audience. Visit the Conference website for more information about the conference and sponsorship opportunities.

Institute Member and Industry Innovator Homer Hurst Dies at 92

Award-winning professor and building industry innovator, Homer Theodore Hurst, died October 31, 2011. As one of the Institute’s charter members, Hurst was a strong advocate for building efficiency and a contributor to the Institute’s work on improving military housing. He was considered an innovator ahead of his time. Often seen as radical for his determination to save building materials, Hurst focused his career on developing innovative construction techniques and promoting energy conservation using passive solar principles. He believed that with proper design, a house could be built effectively with fewer materials and went on to prove his theory by constructing a house in Blacksburg where he used only one third of the wood typically called for in the plans for frames and sheathing. Read more about Hurst.

Lighting Effects on Older Adults to be Addressed

The Institute is co-sponsoring the upcoming symposium presented by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). Light+Seniors: A Vision for the Future, to be held March 6-7, 2012, in Washington, D.C., will focus on the role proper lighting plays in the health and safety for older adults. Lighting designers, builders and facilities managers of residential housing, builders of commercial buildings, educators, lighting manufacturers, architects, associations and government agencies serving older adults will benefit from attending this event. IES, recognized as the technical authority on illumination, will disseminate the latest research about the special lighting needs of older adults with aging eyes during this two-day symposium. Register to attend.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

DHS Webinar: Cutting Edge Risk and Resiliency Tools

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is providing an ongoing webinar that features three tools which have been developed with the purpose of improving the security and resilience of our nation’s buildings and infrastructure. The tools – the Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) Tool, the Owners Performance Requirements (OPR) Tool, developed by the Institute, and the Urban Blast Tool (UBT) – all provide scores for risk and resilience and are capable of analyzing and compiling a range of high-performance requirements, including energy conservation, safety (earthquakes, floods, winds, and fire), security (explosives, ballistics and chemical, biological and radiological), environmental footprint, sustainability, durability and continuity of operations in an effort to provide for an improved comprehensive solution for the physical environment. View selected parts or the webinar in its entirety.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

AIA Approves 18 CEUs for the BEST3 Conference

The American Institute of Architects has just approved the "Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference (BEST3) for 18 continuing-education unit (CEU) credits in health, safety, welfare and sustainable design. The BEST3 Conference, being held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 2-4, 2012, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, will present training sessions in three tracks – Energy Efficiency, Whole Building and Fenestration. The Institute’s Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council (BEC)-Atlanta co-host the BEST3 Conference to delve into building systems that deliver high energy efficiency, good indoor climate, and long-term performance. Twenty-two sessions will provide more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and give attendees the rare opportunity to fulfill their AIA member requirements for earning 18 CEUs per year in just 3 days.

In addition to the valuable CEUs, the BEST3 Conference will give attendees exclusive access to the award-winning, iconic High Museum of Art by Richard Meier and its equally prestigious addition by Renzo Piano during a dinner hosted by BEC-Atlanta and sponsors, the Sto Corp. and Georgia-Pacific. A lecture by renowned building scientist, R. Christopher Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Company (MC2), will also be a highlight at this event. Registration for the BEST3 Conference is open and a special offer of 50% off the dinner ticket is in effect until February 29. Visit the Conference website for more information.

Information Resources and Technologies


COBie & SPie Training

It won’t be long before Version 2 of the National BIM Standard – United States™ (NBIMS-US™) will be published. In the next several issues of this newsletter, we will highlight some of the content that makes up the NBIMS-US™ V2. The Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and the tool that will bring manufactures to COBie – Specifiers Properties information exchange (SPie) are gaining a lot of traction worldwide. Developed by members of the Institute, COBie and SPie are at the heart of the "I” in BIM. COBie is included in NBIMS-US™ V2. To learn more about both of these products please take the six-part COBie and two-part SPie video courses. View more buildingSMART alliance videos of interest.

Don’t Miss COBie and SPie Demonstration at NFMT

The National Facilities Management and Technology Conference (NFMT) and Expo – scheduled for March 13-15, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. – is the place to be to witness case studies presented on the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) and the Specifiers Properties information exchange (SPie) standards. COBie and SPie, developed by the members of the Institute, make it easier to capture building project data and create open-standard BIM models. As a member of the Institute, you are invited to attend NFMT for FREE. Come see how the standards operate in real-world applications. In addition to COBie and SPie, NFMT will feature sessions on BIM, FM, WBDG and FMOC. And, while you’re there, check out the "GSA response to the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010” which will also be presented. Find out more.

Students Design Schools of the Future

The Institute’s Judy Marks chaired the DC Metro jury for the Council of Educational Facility Planners International 2012 School of the Future Design Competition. The annual competition, open to middle school students, challenges student teams to design their schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community. The jury was held on February 3 at the U.S. Green Building Council. The winners from the DC area go on to compete against schools in the entire northeast region. Find out more.

buildingSMART Terminology Standard in Development

Last month, the buildingSMART alliance™ (bSa) hosted a meeting of the buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) Management Group (MG) at the Institute. The bSDD, renamed from International Framework for Dictionaries (IFD) to fit in with other buildingSMART International (bSI) standards, is one of the core bSI standards along with the buildingSMART Reference Model (IFC) and the buildingSMART Process Model (IDM). The bSDD’s goal is to provide an open-source service for naming the components in BIM models, as well as the data that those models use from external sources. Global Unique Identifiers are assigned by the bSDD to concepts and made available through a web services Application Programming Interface (API). The Dictionary, based on an ISO Standard, is for use by software and data providers to promote semantic interoperability and exchange. Standards Norway/builidingSMART Norway, the STABU Foundation from the Netherlands, Construction Specifications Canada and the Construction Specifications Institute are developing the bSDD. During the meeting, a workshop on the status of the Dictionary and its application in projects, in particular its use in conjunction with classification was presented. Find out more about the Data Dictionary.

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