Building Sciences

In This Issue

Dates to Know

June 23-27
2012 ASHRAE Annual Conference
San Antonio, TX

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

June 26-28
WDMA 14th Annual Technical Conference
Bloomington, MN

July 10
ENR Future Tech Conference
San Francisco, CA

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

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

September 19
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

October 9-11
2012 METALCON International
Chicago, IL

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

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

October 11-13
IALD Enlighten Americas 2012
Vancouver, BC

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

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

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

November 11-13
2012 IES Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN

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

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

May 2-4, 2013
NEBB Annual Conference
Montreal, QC

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

A number of pages within the Whole Building Design Guide WBDG® Project Management section have received updates. (Building Commissioning is part of this section.) The updates include:

Industry News

ANSI Issues Energy Efficiency Standards Panel Exploratory Report
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released the report from its April 25 exploratory meeting for an ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel. The meeting brought together more than 240 participants to discuss how a standards coordinating body could best help to advance the nation’s clean energy agenda.View the announcement.

WDMA, FMA to Affiliate, Integrate Operations
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) announced an agreement in principle to formally affiliate and eventually integrate operations. The formal change is expected to take effect in January 2015. Read the release.



June 2012

The Institute in Action 

Budget Cuts Could Put U.S. Capitol at Risk

A letter sent to Congressional leaders last week warns that cuts to the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) budget could put the structural integrity of the U.S. Capitol at risk. The letter, signed by the National Institute of Building Sciences and a number of other organizations, urges Congress to ensure adequate funding to allow the AOC to continue needed repairs on the Capitol dome.

"We are concerned that a dramatic decrease in the allocation of the Architect of the Capitol’s budget will severely inhibit much-needed maintenance, causing further deterioration of the Capitol dome and its supporting structures. This would unfortunately lead to higher costs to taxpayers in future years as deferred repairs come due. In addition, these cuts will risk the heritage, safety and security of the U.S. Capitol, the world’s leading symbol of democratic ideals."

The AOC’s FY2013 budget focuses primarily on needed maintenance and repair projects to keep the buildings of the Capitol complex in proper working order. Read the letter.

Obama Nominates Donovan to Institute Board

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Joseph Byrne Donovan to a key Administration post as a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.

Donovan was one of four intended appointees announced by the White House on May 18. Donovan is senior vice president at Beacon Capital Partners, a privately held real estate investment firm where he oversees and directs emergency response for the firm’s 30 million square-foot portfolio. Donovan is chair of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) National Preparedness Committee, vice chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Homeland Security Task Force and co-chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Facilities Sector Coordinating Council. Read the release.

Senate Confirms Institute Nominees

The United States Senate has confirmed four presidential nominees to the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors. Last year, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate James "Tim" Ryan, CBO; Mary B. Verner; Susan A. Maxman, FAIA; and James Timberlake, FAIA, to the Institute’s Board. Following the Senate’s voice vote this April 26, the White House issued official documents appointing the nominees to the Board. Read the release. View photos of the appointees.

World Standards Day Paper Could Win $2,500

Each year, the United States standards community comes together to celebrate the importance of standards. As part of this U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, SES – The Society for Standards Professionals holds a paper competition. The theme for this year is "Standard Increase Efficiency."

Cash prizes will be awarded for up to three papers selected by a panel of judges. The first place winner will receive a plaque and $2,500. Second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers will be published in SES’s journal, Standards Engineering. Paper competition winners will receive their awards during a banquet October 11 in Washington, D.C., hosted by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee, of which the Institute is a member.

All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight, August 10. Get the full details.

Building Museum Lecture Series Features Institute President

As part of its monthly "Building in the 21st Century” Lecture Series, the National Building Museum hosted Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. Green spoke on "Designing a Resilient Community.” The lecture provided attendees with a description of resilience, the value of a community-wide approach, and the benefit of mitigation. The presentation previews an upcoming exhibit at the museum on "Designing for Disaster.” View the presentation.

Prime Conference and Expo Spaces Running Out

Don’t miss out on an affordable opportunity to show your support for your industry and build awareness of your organization’s positive contributions to the building community. Building Innovation 2013: the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo is your chance to partner with an authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment and gain exposure for your organization’s products, services, technologies and programs. Scheduled for January 7-10, 2013, in Washington, D.C., the Institute’s first independent Annual Conference and Expo will focus on Improving Resiliency though High Performance and feature a broad range of emerging topics to an audience of representatives from the entire building industry. With a few choice spaces still available for sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers, companies and organizations have this great opportunity to make a lasting impression on conference attendees and build recognition as a key supporter of the Institute’s mission. For as little as $200, these affordable opportunities are going quickly. Check availability and reserve your space today.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

PUC Convenes in California

The Building Seismic Safety Council’s (BSSC) Provisions Update Committee (PUC) convened in San Francisco May 8-9. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-sponsored committee, which consists of leading researchers and academics in the seismic field, is responsible for updating the 2009 National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Recommended Seismic Provisions to the 2014 edition.

During the two-day meeting, the committee listened to presentations on the progress of specific Issue Teams and formed a plan to begin electronically balloting members. The committee also identified a number of prominent events that need to take place before the release of the 2014 NEHRP Provisions. Institute President Henry L. Green and newly appointed Building Seismic Safety Council Chairman Jim Sealy attended the meeting to discuss the state of the BSSC and how restructuring the BSSC Board will affect the PUC.

The next PUC meeting is scheduled for October 9-10 in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the 2014 Provisions Update process.  

IRVS Demonstration Video Now Available

A new video produced for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) can help facility managers learn how to evaluate their buildings against natural and manmade hazards. The demonstration video provides an overview of the process for conducting an Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) of a facility. A proven process for rapidly conducting a structured evaluation of buildings, mass transit stations and tunnels, the IRVS Tool can help the facility owner or manager assess and manage risk and resiliency for one or multiple facilities. View the video. Learn more about IRVS.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

Updated NIBS Guideline 3 Will Help Owners Get the Building Enclosure Performance They Expect

The latest guideline released by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) will help ensure that building owners are getting a building that works correctly according to what they specify.

NIBS Guideline 3-2012: Building Enclosure Commissioning Process, released on June 1, describes a process that allows an owner to incorporate building enclosure commissioning (BECx) into a project. The BECx process is used throughout the life cycle of a building—from project inception through operations and maintenance—to validate that the performance of the building’s materials, components, assemblies, systems and design is meeting the owner’s objectives and requirements as outlined in the contract documents. Guideline 3 is intended to be used in conjunction with ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005: The Commissioning Process, which is an overall strategy detailing the commissioning process for the entire building. Read the release. View the new Guideline.

New Partnership Makes Sustainability "Out of This World"
Volunteers Wanted: STEM Program Building Science, Space Missions

Recycling wastewater on Mars may be just one challenge children will have to solve when a new program, to be developed jointly by the Institute, the Total Learning Research Institute (TLRI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), gets volunteers and funding. The purpose of the Sustainable Facilities and Infrastructure in Constrained Environments (SuFICE) program is to engage and inspire students from kindergarten through twelfth grades (K-12) to become more involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities related to the building sciences.

The Institute, TLRI and NASA are looking for volunteers and sponsors for this new program. Opportunities exist to get involved in developing a design and facilities management module for the Mars City project; to expand the education section offerings on the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®; and to work on existing NASA STEM programs to incorporate building science-related activities. Get more information.

Information Resources and Technologies


Webinars Will Unlock the World of BIM

The buildingSMART alliance™ will host two webinars in June to help users gain a better understanding of what is included in the National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™). The workshops, scheduled for today, Tuesday,  June 19, and Tuesday, June 26, from 1:00-2:00pm EDT, will cover the same content. A Question & Answer period will follow each session. Space is limited. With only 125 slots available for each session, attendance will be on a first come, first served basis. The Alliance plans to post a recording of the sessions to the website after the meeting dates. Get access information and download the meeting software.

Nominations for NBIMS-US™ Project Committee Chair Due June 26

The Nominations Committee for the nation’s first consensus-based building information modeling (BIM) standard is seeking new leadership. The buildingSMART alliance™ National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™) Nominating Committee is calling for nominations for the position of Project Committee (PC) Chair. This voluntary leadership position will have oversight for the development of NBIMS-US™ Version 3.

The position of PC Chair is a two-year term. Committee members may nominate themselves or any PC members in good standing that are interested in serving. Expressions of interest are due no later than Tuesday, June 26. See what is required.

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