Building Sciences

In This Issue 

Dates to Know

February 7-9, 2012
Carbon Management Technology Conference
Orlando, FL

February 7-10, 2012
NASEO-ASERTTI Energy Policy Conference
Washington, DC

February 8-11, 2012
2012 NAHB International Builders’ Show
Orlando, FL

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

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

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

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

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

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 Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) recently updated its Productive Design Objective sections.  The sections include Integrate Technological Tools, Assure Reliable Systems and Spaces, Design for the Changing Workplace, Promote Health and Well-Being, and Provide Comfortable Environments.

Industry News

Building a Green Future: Green California Summit & Expo Coming Soon
The 2012 Green California Summit & Expo – the largest annual event focused on green policy, practice and technology – comes to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 26 & 27. Now in its sixth year, the Summit will feature 150 companies offering green products and services, as well as keynote speakers, educational sessions, a special full-day green curriculum workshop, leadership awards, a Green Auto Mall and networking opportunities. Group discounts available. Expo and keynotes are free. Members of the National Institute of Building Sciences can receive 20% discount on registration with the promo code NIBS (all caps). Click here or call Cindy Dangberg at 626-577-5700
to find out more and to register.


January 2012

The Institute in Action 

Plans for Building Innovation 2013 are Underway

For four days, January 7-10, 2013, the Institute will focus on Improving Resiliency through High Performance during its first annual conference and expo to be held in Washington, D.C. Building Innovation 2013 will present informative programming from all of the Institute’s councils, committees and projects and feature the buildingSMART alliance™ Conference, FEDCon® – The Market Outlook on Federal Construction, the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium, the Multihazard Mitigation Council Symposium, innovative technology demonstrations, including COBie, SPie and other information exchanges, and more. Members and other industry stakeholders will be able to witness the Institute’s impact on the industry, interact with industry experts and innovators, gain a wealth of information through educational programs, participate in advancements toward a better built environment and earn CEUs. Affordable opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors are available. Download the event prospects and reserve your space or sign-up to receive updates on programming and registration.

Marshall Honored with AIA’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

Mortimer M. Marshall, Jr., FAIA, former Institute board treasurer and charter member, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards this honor to "those who exemplify the profession’s proactive social mandate.” AIA selected Marshall for the 2012 award in recognition of his continued dedication to the profession and his approach to architecture as a vehicle for leadership and service. "He worked with the GSA to include small businesses, women and minorities in their public buildings service program as early as the seventies. He promoted joint ventures as a way for smaller practices to gain needed experience,” wrote former AIA president Marshall Purnell, FAIA, in his letter recommending Marshall. This prestigious award is named for civil rights leader Whitney M. Young, Jr., a proponent of social change and head of the Urban League from 1961 until his death in 1971. Marshall founded The Marshall Group in 1982. His firm continues to provide architectural, structural engineering, construction management and general contracting services. Read the AIA release

Institute Programs Help Virginia Optimize its Assets

The Commonwealth of Virginia is looking for ways to optimize its assets related to capital expenditures and sees many of the Institutes programs supporting their efforts. In response to a request by Emory Rogers, Institute board member and Deputy Director of the Building and Fire Regulation Division at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the Institute has provided facility specialists and code officials from around the Commonwealth with presentations on several of its programs related to the buildingSMART aliance™, including ProjNetSM, COBie, and National BIM Standard – United States™.

A Look into Lighting Effects on Older Adults
at Institute Co-Sponsored Symposium

Light+Seniors, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) 2012 symposium, will focus on the role and effects of lighting on older adults. The symposium to be held in Washington, D.C., on March 6-7, 2012, is co-sponsored by the Institute. 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. The researchers delivering the presentations will address the implications for proper lighting and its effects on vision and health. 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. Find out more.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Center to Transform Haitian Building Industry,
Produce More Resilient Buildings

On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. In the months that followed, the United States building community worked to develop a construction toolkit to help Haiti rebuild. Two years later, a glimmer of an idea that began during that time is now on its way to becoming a reality: the establishment of the Haiti Center for Sustainable Reconstruction & Development.

"Because of poor construction practices, more than 250,000 Haitians died unnecessarily in the earthquake," said Ryan Colker, the National Institute of Building Sciences Presidential Advisor and Director of its Consultative Council. "We saw an opportunity to change the culture of building in Haiti—an opportunity where a safe, sustainable and resilient built environment would support the emergence of a revitalized country." The U.S. building community began compiling a toolkit of such materials to offer the Haitian government. The Center will serve as a unique resource for the Caribbean region. Read the release.

Still Time to Register:
DHS Feb. 1 Webinar Highlights Cutting-Edge Resiliency Tools

Login online February 1 and learn firsthand about three risk and resiliency tools from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS Science and Technology Directorate invites you to participate in a webinar to highlight the latest tools to improve the security and resilience of our nation’s buildings and infrastructure. Each tool, including the Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) Tool, the Owners Performance Requirements (OPR) Tool and the Urban Blast Tool (UBT), provides risk and resilience assessments of facilities. The tools also are capable of analyzing and compiling a range of high-performance requirements, including safety, security, environmental footprint and energy conservation, sustainability, durability and continuity of operations. Download the flyer. Register to attend.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Welcome, BEC-San Antonio!

The Building Enclosure Council (BEC) is proud to announce the formation of its 26th local chapter: BEC-San Antonio. Formed as a subcommittee of American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Antonio, the new BEC will start its life with a general interest kick-off meeting on February 23, from noon until 1 p.m., at the AIA San Antonio Center for Architecture, 200 East Grayson Street, Ste. 110. BEC-National Co-Chair, Fiona Aldous, will introduce the group and explain the interdisciplinary nature and workings of the BECs. Like all of the councils, BEC-San Antonio will welcome architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, consultants, facility managers, code officials, educators and anyone else with a stake in high-performance and energy-efficient buildings for a lively information exchange on building enclosure issues pertinent to the unique qualities of San Antonio, Texas, and its surroundings. If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Paula Smart. Lunch will be provided. For more information on all the BEC Chapters, visit

BEST3 Conference "Grand Finale" Added to the Schedule

The third Building Enclosure Science & Technology Conference (BEST3), taking place April 2-4, 2012, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia, will be the best place to witness the latest research and practices in building energy efficiency, whole building and fenestration. As the Institute’s Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council along with the Building Enclosure Council-Atlanta hosts BEST3, presenters will delve into building systems that deliver high energy efficiency, good indoor climate and long-term performance. Presentations by building envelope experts will highlight net-zero buildings, commissioning, foam insulations, quality management, vacuum insulated panels, whole systems design, interior and exterior insulation applications, methodologies, models and modeling.

A new addition to the program includes a "grand finale" international panel discussion on "Future Trends of Energy Efficiency in Building Enclosures: What Can Be Done, What Should Be Done, Are the National Programs Doing It?" Conference Track Chairs David Yarbrough and Mark Bomberg have assembled this finale where attendees can join the debate with experts David E. Claridge, John Straube, Jan Kosny and Mariusz Paszkowski.

During the three-day event, attendees will be invited to enjoy a lecture by renowned building scientist, R. Christopher Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Company (MC2), during a dinner and tour at the award-winning, iconic High Museum of Art designed by Richard Meier. Early-bird registration for this event, which ends January 31, saves attendees up to 35% off onsite registration. The Westin Peachtree Plaza is now taking reservations. For more information on the BEST3 Conference and to register to attend, visit

Information Resources and Technologies


buildingSMART Meetings Around the World

On February 16, the buildingSMART alliance™ – National BIM Standard Executive Committee meets in New York City to discuss the future of the National BIM Standard-United States™ as it relates to International Standards and the proactive steps necessary to move the standards forward.

With the anticipated publication date for the National BIM Standard ™ Version 2 being March 1, the buildingSMART International Implementers Support Group will meet in Washington, D.C. at the Institute’s offices March 5-6 and the buildingSMART alliance™ Implementers Support Group will meet at the same location on March 7 to engage vendors in the discussion of issues related to its implementation.

For a full week, March 18-23, the buildingSMART International will hold meetings in Oslo, Norway. Scheduled meetings include buildingSMART Dictionary (IFD), International Technical Management (ITM) Committee, and the International Users Group. An Industry Day will be held on Thursday the 22nd. Thomas Gay, chair of the buildingSMART alliance board of direction will be attending along with Francois Grobler, chair of the ITM. A new strategy built around a "Process Room" and "Product Room" where all industry can participate openly will be discussed. Also on the calendar, the buildingSMART International Council will meet in London, May 21-25, 2012. For more information on buildingSMART alliance™ and International activities, visit

FEDCon® '11 Presentations Now Available Online

The presentations from FEDCon® ‘11 — The Market Outlook Conference on Federal Construction — are now available online. FEDCon® ’11, held December 5, 2011, during the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Ecobuild America Conference, gave attendees the opportunity to learn about federal agencies’ construction plans and budgets for the coming year directly from the decision makers as they shared the inside scoop on expected 2012 activities.

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, presented their construction budgets for the current year and planned budgets for future years. They discussed the types of buildings to be designed, offered regional and international construction information, and provided the overall direction of their design/construction programs. Mike Kangior, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, gave the keynote during a sit-down lunch. View the speaker presentations.

NFMT is the Place to be for BIM, FM, WBDG, FMOC, COBie and SPie
March 13-15, 2012 - Baltimore, Maryland

As a friend of the National Institute of Building Sciences, you're invited to attend the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo (NFMT) for FREE. The event will be held March 13-15, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.

NFMT gives facility professionals a chance to see 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 National Institute of Building Sciences, make it easier to capture building project data and create open-standard BIM models. Come see how the standards operate in real-world applications.

During the event, William Brodt of NASA, Dr. Bill East, of the Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center, and the Institute’s Dana K. "Deke" Smith, will present "SPie/COBie Case studies, New Derivatives and Challenge." The Institute’s Richard Paradis will present the session on the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG), the largest online portal for building sciences in the world. The "GSA response to the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010" will be presented and the Institute’s Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) will meet. The meeting is open to the public. Also on the agenda, "BIM for FM." Seminars you might be interested in attending include: Renewable Energy and Sustainability in Whole Building Design Guide.

NFMT allows you to create your own personalized educational program. Choose from a comprehensive curriculum of 120 sessions in 10 tracks, including educational sessions on greening an existing building, maintenance and operations, and safety and security. Learn more about the NFMT Show and see the full schedule. Register to attend.

UK Initiates Strategy to Require BIM

Recently the United Kingdom government initiated a strategy for the requirement of building information modeling (BIM) on all projects within 5 years. Although a minimum project size was initially set, it is felt this was arbitrary and will likely be eliminated. The starting point for the UK’s implementation is Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) using a spreadsheet as a base from which everyone can work. They see BIM and COBie as significant parts of their carbon reduction strategy. COBie is open BIM standards based using the international standard ISO 16739 or IFC, which is at the heart of the buildingSMART alliance™ approach. COBie was recently added to the National BIM Standard-United Statess™. Find out more.

Forging Allies with ASHRAE to Implement BIM

The Institute recognizes ASHRAE as a catalyst for implementing building information modeling (BIM) throughout the life-cycle of a facility and is seeking to forge a close working relationship. At the recent ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, the buildingSMART alliance™ Executive Director Deke Smith, Assisting Director Birgitta Foster and Army Corps of Engineers senior researcher Dr. Bill East, all delivered presentations on various aspects of buildingSMART alliance™ projects including the National BIM Standard – United States™, COBie and a BIM after Construction strategy to engage ASHRAE in the implementation process.

A Look into the History of School Design

The Institute’s National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities has published a new study that looks back at the designs of school buildings of the recent past, identifying trends in energy consumption, ventilation, heating, air quality, lighting and acoustics. The study, A History of School Design and its Indoor Environmental Standards, 1900 to Today was written by Lindsay Baker, a doctoral candidate in the Building Sciences program of the Architecture department at the University of California, Berkeley. Download the study.

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