Building Sciences

In This Issue 

Dates to Know

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

May 23, 2012
Consultative Council Meeting
Washington, DC

May 23, 2012
Coordinating Council Meeting
Washington, DC

May 24, 2012
Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, DC

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, La

September 19, 2012
Consultative Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 19, 2012
Coordinating Council Meeting
Washington, DC

September 20, 2012
Board of Directors Meeting
Washington, DC

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, 2012
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 High Performance EIFS Resource Page and the EIFS, Architecture and the Sustainable Design Revolution Resource Page received an update recently. These resource pages describe Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS), their use on a wide range of commercial, institutional and residential buildings and how EIFS can help achieve sustainable design goals.

Industry News

AAMA Revises Newly Installed Fenestration Field Testing Requirements
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has published AAMA 502-12, Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products. This updated specification establishes the requirements for field test specimens, apparatus, sampling, test procedures and test reports to be used in verifying the air infiltration resistance performance and water penetration resistance performance of newly installed fenestration products. Read the release.


May 2012

The Institute in Action 

Institute Hosts Unprecedented Meeting of Plumbing Industry Leaders

American Society of Plumbing Engineers Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Jim Kendzel (standing) addresses volunteer leaders and staff executives from key organizations within the plumbing industry. The group gathered at the Institute on April 30 to discuss challenges faced by the industry and to identify opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.

ASHRAE Leadership Visits Institute

ASHRAE officers and Institute staff discuss a number of items during a visit to Institute Headquarters April 30. The agenda included commissioning standards, financing of energy efficiency projects, reciprocal participation on committees and the use of building information modeling within ASHRAE standards. Participating in the meeting were (standing, from left), Institute Presidential Advisor Ryan Colker, ASHRAE President Elect Tom Watson, ASHRAE Treasurer Bill Bahnfleth, ASHRAE Federal Manager of Government Affairs Mark Ames and Institute buildingSMART alliance Executive Director Deke Smith, (seated, from left) ASHRAE State and Local Manager of Government Affairs Mark Wills, ASHRAE Director of Government Affairs Doug Read, ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin, ASHRAE Executive Vice President Jeff Littleton and Institute President Henry L. Green.

Call for Institute Board Nominations

The National Institute of Building Sciences Board Nominations Committee is currently soliciting candidates to be considered for election to positions on the Institute’s Board of Directors for 2013. The three-year terms begin in 2013. Nominations can be submitted for one or more candidates, but a separate nomination form must be completed for each. In preparing the election ballot, the Board Nominations Committee will give equal consideration to all submissions, whether single or multiple nominations are received. Membership in the Institute is not a requirement for nomination or election. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, July 20. Download the nomination form.

Seeking Award Nominees

It’s time once again for the National Institute of Building Sciences to issue the call for our Honor and Member Awards. The Institute is seeking to recognize individuals or organizations that have made an exceptional contribution to the nation and the building community. The Institute Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the 2012 Institute Honor and Member Awards. Members of the building community will honor the recipients of this year’s awards during the 2013 Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, January 9. The ceremony will take place as part of Building Innovation 2013, the National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo, to be held January 7-10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Download the nomination forms: Member Award or Honor Award. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, July 20.

Security and Disaster Preparedness

Save the Date: Resilient Buildings Workshop Planned for October 18

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and the National Institute of Building Sciences are hosting the Resilient Buildings Workshop: Integrating Materials, Systems, Resilience and Sustainability. The workshop, sponsored by the Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative (CJSI), is free of charge and will take place at the National Building Museum on October 18. It is a collaborative effort between the federal government and the private sector. Learn about the workshop.  

Robert Whitman, Hazus Earthquake Committee Chair, Dies at 84

World-renowned geotechnical engineer and expert on earthquakes, Robert V. Whitman, ScD, P.E., F.ASCE, died on February 25 at the age of 84. As committee chairman, Dr. Whiteman oversaw the development of the Hazus Earthquake Model. This included the preparation of a state-of-the-art study of earthquake loss methodologies, development of the Hazus technical methodology and software, pilot studies in Portland, Ore. and Boston, Mass., and validation of Hazus results based on five California earthquakes, including Northridge and Loma Prieta. Under Dr. Whitman’s direction HAZUS 97, HAZUS 99 and HAZUS-MH were produced.

"Whitman was a model chairman, who knew how to guide the committee firmly and quickly to worthwhile results amid broad and complex technical issues. His leadership was readily accepted both by committee members and developers, who presented before the committee. He was definitely one of the pivotal figures in the creation of Hazus and making it what it is today," said Philip Schneider, program director for the Institute’s Hazus program. More about Whitman.

Facility Performance and Sustainability

BRIK Coming Your Way: Institute, AIA Collaborate on New Research Portal

The National Institute of Building Sciences and the American Institute of Architects are collaborating on the development of the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), an interactive portal offering online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of building, from predesign through occupancy and reuse. BRIK will offer a user-friendly approach to those involved in creating the built environment—from researchers to clients to designers to occupants—to help them find the building research, information and knowledge they need to design, own and operate high-performance buildings. BRIK will present programs and products in three, clearly defined and identified levels: Partners’ research will be vetted under a Memorandum of Agreement with partnering non-profit associations, educational institutions, national labs and government agencies; Contributors’ research provided by firms and companies will be reviewed before posting; and Individuals may submit research that will be reviewed before posting. Watch for a soft launch in September 2012, and an operational launch on January, 9, 2013, at Building Innovation 2013, the National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo, in Washington, D.C.

Information Resources and Technologies


 Institute Releases First-ever Consensus-based BIM Standard

The National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance™ has released the first-ever consensus-based standard governing building information modeling (BIM) for use in the United States. The National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™) Version 2 (V2) covers the full life cycle of buildings—from planning, design and construction to operations and sustainment. Part of an international effort, the NBIMS-US™ V2 will serve as the kick-off point for a number of other countries around the world to adopt as their own BIM standard. View NBIMS-US™ V2


NCEF Report Called "A Must Read"

A National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) report released late year received strong praise in the April 17 issue of the Committee on Architecture Education Digest. The submission from Philip Poinelli, FAIA, co-chair of the CAE K-12 (kindergarten through twelfth grade) Sub-Committee called "A History of School Design and its Indoor Environmental Standards, 1900 to Today," by Lindsay Baker, a "Must Read Paper," that "should be required reading for all K-12 architects." The 30-page NCEF report, which came out in January, looks back at the designs of school buildings of the recent past, identifying trends in energy consumption, ventilation, heating, air quality, lighting and acoustics. View the publication.

buildingSMART International Launches Outreach Program

buildingSMART International (bSI) kicked off an outreach program during its March meetings in Oslo Norway. bSI held full-day workshops launching the new Product Room and Process Room to help architecture, engineering, construction, product manufacturing and facility operations/management professionals benefit from building information modeling (BIM) through the use of open standards, known as openBIM. The use of BIM can result in significant savings; however, it requires focus from management, reengineering of work processes, detailed data specifications and availability of compatible software tools. openBIM uses a combination of building information modeling tools and transferring data by open standards to help the building industry collectively meet these requirements.

The Product Room mainly focuses on the data specifications and procedures for how virtual building products and reference information should be organized in order to be used in a virtual building. The Process Room looks at the reengineering of design, construction and operation processes by BIM tools.

buildingSMART Alliance Chairman Tom Gay participated in the Process Room workshop. buildingSMART Data Dictionary Secretary Roger Grant, joined by OmniClass Secretary Greg Ceton, led the Product Room workshop. Presentations from the workshops, participating organizations and more information are available at the buildingSMART International website.

Smith to Represent Institute on CABA Board

The National Institute of Building Sciences has joined the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Board of Directors. Dana K. "Deke" Smith, FAIA, Executive Director of the Institute’s Building Seismic Safety Council and buildingSMART alliance™, will serve as the Institute’s representative.

CABA is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. It is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government, also are members. Read the release.


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