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CONSTRUCT 2012 Includes Building Science Related Sessions

Tuesday, September 4, 2012  
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CONSTRUCT 2012 and The Annual Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Convention, held this year in Phoenix, Ariz., September 11-14, offer a number of educational sessions focused on building science. National Institute of Building Sciences staff will teach three of them, including:

T02 | buildingSMART Data Dictionary and OmniClass
Tuesday, September 11 | 8:30am – 10:00am

As they design and construct buildings, professionals need to work collaboratively. But how do the different software applications they use talk to each other? And to a product database? Or a specification system? How can a designer be sure that the engineers understand the attributes attached to his/her design? Or that product searches yield reliable results?

The buildingSMART Data Dictionary is a catalog of object names (the ‘vocabulary’) with the capacity to comprehend multiple languages and alternate terminology in dealing with those objects. It relates those objects to sets of data that can be used to describe those objects, thus providing a common view of the construction project or asset. The Dictionary fits into the suite of open building information modeling (BIM) standards from buildingSMART International that are the universally accepted methodology for interoperable model and data exchanges.

The Data Dictionary is based on a concept laid out in ISO 12006-3: 2007 (Building construction: Organization of information about construction works, Part 3: Framework for object-oriented information). Through the Data Dictionary, an open BIM model can be linked to data from many sources, improving interoperability and paving the way for analysis and design checks from the early stages of the project through to facility management.

National Institute of Building Sciences Program Director Roger Grant and CSI Technical Director Greg Ceton will teach this session.

T08 | Specifying for High-Performance Buildings
Tuesday, September 11 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

High-performance buildings cost-effectively optimize all attributes desired in a building, from safety and security to sustainability to accessibility. Such optimization requires the engagement of all stakeholders at numerous points in the design and construction process. Tools such as BIM facilitate this process and can be utilized across the building's life cycle. This session will examine the development of high-performance buildings; available tools, technologies, guidance and practices to achieve them; and how specifiers in particular can facilitate their widespread adoption.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Whole Building Design Guide
  • Identification of High-Performance Metrics
    • High-Performance Building Council
    • High-Performance Building Design Program/OPR Tool
    • Consultative Council Report
    • GSA P100 Revisions
    • Guide for the Specification, Design, Construction and Operation of High-Performance Buildings
  • Technology and Tools to Facilitate High-Performance
    • Building Information Modeling
    • Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie)
    • Specifiers Properties information exchange (SPie)
    • Product and Process Room
    • Data Dictionary
    • buildingSMART alliance and buildingSMART international

National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council Director/Presidential Advisor Ryan Colker, Program Director Roger Grant and buildingSMART alliance Executive Director Deke Smith will teach this session.

H02 | 21st Century Challenge: Achieving High Performance for the Building Envelope
Thursday, September 13 | 8:00am – 9:30am

The building envelope, often the first line of protection for a building, can also be its weakest element, while at the same time playing a significant role in making the building more energy efficient and secure. These competing demands for performance are difficult to balance against each other in any circumstance. The levels of performance expressed in codes to guide building owners and designers in weighing tradeoffs between these objectives often lead to minimum allowable performance. The National Institute of Building Sciences, working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has developed a process and tool to help the building owner establish Owner Performance Requirements (OPR). The OPR Tool allows for the selection of the best combination of envelope system attributes that balance safety, security, energy, sustainability and durability performance to meet the owner’s needs for the project. This presentation will show how the OPR Tool can help establish building performance requirements and predict outcomes that can be passed to the design team and inform the building modeling process.

This presentation will also issue the "21st Century Challenge." Within this decade, we will have the capability (using computational tools, BIM and energy modeling and analysis tools) to:

  • model the envelope and
  • test the model for performance, constructability, deficiencies, moisture, air and water-proof capability,

all before the facility is constructed in the field. The "Challenge," however, is not just about technologies, but also about a whole new way of approaching the envelope in the context of architectural design, practice management, construction and facility operations. "Who owns the envelope?" is a critical question that will be discussed in this section.

National Institute of Building Sciences Program Director Roger Grant and Stephen Hagan, FAIA, formerly of the U.S. General Services Administration, will teach this session.

To register for these sessions taught by National Institute of Building Sciences or to view a full list of CONSTRUCT sessions related to building science, visit the CSI Conference website at



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