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And the winner is . . . Building Innovation 2014 Technology Giveaway

Tuesday, January 14, 2014  
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Attendees who were able to visit each of the 22 exhibitors during Building Innovation 2014 – The National Institute of Building Sciences Second Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C., last week, not only got the opportunity to witness the latest in product technologies and industry services, they also had a chance to win technology. We congratulate Matt Taylor with MCM, who visited each exhibitor and had his Exhibitor Check List entry form initialed for the drawing. His entry was randomly selected from all entries, making him the winner of a Nest Thermostat – the thermostat for the Smartphone Generation. The Nest can be controlled from anywhere over WiFi and helps save energy in your home by sensing when you’re home and when you’re away and adjusts accordingly. This technology learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your smartphone, allowing you to reduce your energy bills.


Other Technology On Exhibit

Find out more about the other great technology and services on exhibit during Building Innovation 2014:

4Clicks Solutions, LLC is a premier software provider of construction cost estimating and efficient project delivery software for JOC, SABER, IDIQ, SATOC, MATOC, MACC, POCA, BOC … As a Veteran Owned Small Business and largest partner of RSMeans Business Partner we serve over 85% of US Air Forces Bases, growing numbers of other DOD and non-DOD Owners, as well as thousands of supporting Contractors, Sub-contractors, and AEs. Our Project Estimator™ software meets the need for repair, maintenance, sustainability and minor new construction projects. Our new CLOUD COMPUTING platform, CEASAL, sets the standard for the future. As former DOD Cost Estimators and Engineers, our software has been produced "By Estimators for Estimators”™.

AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) is comprised of professional engineering companies from around the world dedicated to providing exceptional, independent commissioning services. All members are trained, certified and committed to following a proven, documented process for building commissioning to act as Certified Commissioning Authorities (CxAs), Certified Commissioning Technicians (CxTs), and Energy Management Professionals (EMPs).

Acuity Brands is a North American market leader and one of the world's leading providers of lighting solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. Our innovative lighting solutions cover both conventional and advanced solid-state technology that seamlessly integrate with digital controls and daylighting to generate greater energy efficiencies and a superior quality of light. For more information about our products and services for both new construction and renovation projects, please visit us at

Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) is the center of excellence in the air barrier industry. The association’s long-term strategy revolves around three intertwining goals. First, the association seeks to raise the standard of proficiency in the industry through the ABAA On-Site Quality Assurance Program. Second, ABAA will continue to play a pivotal role in the development of standards and industry research. Finally, ABAA is dedicated to educating all industry stakeholders in the proper use of air barriers.

American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is a non-profit, multi-discipline accreditation body with over 35 years of experience in providing quality accreditation to international standards. A2LA provides accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 for product certification bodies, ISO/IEC 17025 (testing/calibration) under its Construction Materials Testing program and ISO/IEC 17020 under its Inspection Body program. The Inspection Body program offers accreditation to organizations performing various types of inspection. Some examples include: IT, structural, fire equipment and forensic. The inspection body program includes Special Inspection Agency accreditation, which is recognized in NYC and Clark County, NV.

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.

Autodesk, Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries—including the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects—use Autodesk software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas before they're ever built or created. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of our 3D software customers is everywhere you look. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art 3D software for global markets.

Building Commissioning Association (BCA) is an international non-profit organization that serves as the recognized authority and resource on commissioning. Our membership is made up of professionals from the commercial building industry, committed to the highest standards and practices for the commissioning process. The mission of the BCA is to guide the building commissioning industry by advancing best practices and education throughout the building industry, and promoting the benefits of building commissioning to achieve buildings that work. The BCA supports certification programs that set a high bar for the commissioning professionals who manage the total building commissioning process.

Chinook Systems, Inc./Quicx: Quicx has continually enhanced the management, delivery, and preservation of facility data and documentation since its introduction into the marketplace in the 1990’s. Quicx is a full featured lifecycle enterprise software application by Chinook Systems Inc., and is offered through site licensing or as a web-based service. It leverages resources and eliminates time consuming steps while achieving consistent, high quality, integrated design development, construction management, commissioning and operational deliverables. Quicx is used for both new construction and existing building projects in all sectors. With COBie compliancy and BIM integration, Quicx provides the ability to consolidate all facility information into one central application. For more information please visit

Dow Corning High Performance Building Solutions develops silicon-based solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, to reduce their eco-footprint, and to improve the health and safety of occupants. Recent innovations include: Dow Corning® Architectural Insulation Modules – Slender curtainwall modules that deliver high thermal performance (R-50 in a 2-inch thickness); Dow Corning® Building Insulation Blanket – A thin, flexible material with much greater thermal resistance (R-9.6/inch) than conventional insulation; and the Dow Corning® Silicone Air Barrier System – A suite of high-performance silicone technologies that work together to better protect the entire building envelope and to improve energy efficiency.

Excel Dryer is the manufacturer of XLERATOR®, the original, patented, high-speed and energy-efficient hand dryer. XLERATOR® dries hands three times faster (completely in 10-15 seconds) and uses 80 percent less energy than conventional hand dryers. XLERATOR® represents a 95 percent cost savings when compared to paper towels, is the only hand dryer to be Made in USA Certified®, the first hand dryer to be GreenSpec® Listed and helps facilities qualify for several LEED® credits. The recently released XLERATOReco® completely dries hands in less than 15 seconds while using one third the energy (500W) of other high-speed hand dryers.

FEMA Building Science Research Branch provides technical services for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA). The branch develops and produces multi-hazard mitigation guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resilient communities to reduce loss of life and property. Building Science Branch activities include deploying Mitigation Assessment Teams to conduct post-disaster engineering investigations for both man-made and natural hazard events. Building Science takes a lead role in developing publications, guidance materials, tools, technical bulletins, and recovery advisories that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes, floodproofing requirements, seismic design standards, and wind design requirements for new construction and the repair of existing buildings.

Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a non-profit organization established to provide high-quality, cost-effective services to meet the challenges of governance at the local, state, and federal government levels. IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors representing the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA), the Council of State Governments (CSG), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities (NLC), and International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Services include Building Department services, CDBG services, Energy/Green services, Flood Plain Management, Disaster/Emergency Management, Community Development, Staff Augmentation, Policy & Procedure Development, and Department Evaluations.

International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) develops and publishes the Uniform Plumbing Code®, the most widely recognized code of practice used by the plumbing industry worldwide; Uniform Mechanical Code®; Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code®; and Uniform Solar Energy Code® – the only plumbing, mechanical, solar energy and swimming pool codes designated by ANSI as American National Standards. IAPMO also publishes the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement®, a voluntary overlay code to further improve water and energy efficiency in buildings. IAPMO is proud to work with the National Institute of Building Sciences towards making our nation's buildings more efficient and resilient while ensuring public health and safety.

International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe, sustainable and affordable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes. The International Codes, or I-Codes, published by ICC, provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. For more information please visit or call 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233).

McGraw Hill Construction's data, analytics, and media businesses – Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, and Engineering News-Record – create opportunities for owners, architects, engineers, contractors, building product manufacturers, and distributors to strengthen their market position, size their markets, prioritize prospects, and target and build relationships that will win more business. McGraw Hill Construction serves more than one million customers through its trends and forecasts, industry news, and leading platform of construction data, benchmarks, and analytics, including Dodge MarketShare™, Dodge BuildShare® and Dodge SpecShare®. Construction data is available for North American and global markets.

Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) and PCI Northeast region represent precast concrete producers in PA, VA, MD, NJ, DE, MA, CT, NY, VT, NH, ME, RI, and Washington, DC. MAPA precasters produce high-performance wall systems and structural elements for a wide range of building types. Precast concrete is manufactured in plants with high-strength concrete, trucked to the jobsite, and erected up to 40% faster than steel or brick/block structural systems. Precast sandwich panels also can provide continuous insulation and a wide range of aesthetic effects without the risk and long-term maintenance of cavity wall construction.

Modular Building Institute, Changing the Way the World Builds: Greener, Faster, Smarter. The Modular Building Institute is the international nonprofit trade association that has served the modular construction industry for 30 years. Members are suppliers, manufacturers and contractors involved in all aspects of modular projects — from complex multistory solutions to temporary accommodations. As the voice of commercial modular construction, MBI expands the use of off-site construction through innovative construction practices, outreach, education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities. For more information on modular construction, visit

NRB, Inc. has demonstrated industry leadership and created client trust through innovative modular building design and manufacturing since 1979. Through continued research and development, we are advancing the position of modular construction and applying enhanced building science principles to our off-site construction. Customers take advantage of our complete design/build alternative, where we integrate our full suite of services into a total project package. This means we provide customers with industrial, commercial, institutional and retail buildings of impressive design, finish, durability and performance. Our modular construction process is a greener way to build and rivals site-built construction for architectural detail and performance.

Sto Corp.'s expertise in exterior thermal insulation systems dates back to the early 1960's, when Sto developed the first Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS). Today, building science experts agree that continuous exterior insulation is the most effective way to insulate the building envelope for energy savings. In addition to cladding systems, Sto offers air & moisture barriers, high performance coatings and facade repair products.

Uponor is a worldwide provider of PEX plumbing, radiant heating and cooling, hydronic distribution, pre-insulated pipe and fire sprinkler systems for single-family, multifamily and commercial structures. The core of Uponor systems feature flexible, durable and cost-effective crosslinked polyethylene (PEX-a) tubing and ProPEX® expansion fittings that are ideal for use in new construction, remodel and retrofit applications, providing solutions that conserve energy and water, reduce heating and cooling costs, support sustainable building practices and provide superior performance. To learn more, call 800.321.4739 or visit

WB Engineering + Consultants; Communicator. Client advocate. Business person’s engineer. These aren’t typical descriptions for engineers, but they are all great ways to describe our team at WB Engineers+Consultants. Since our first day of business in October 1999, and on the thousands of projects that we’ve completed, we help our clients make good business decisions about their systems and spaces. We take complex MEP/FP engineering information and make it easy to understand – so that they in turn can make smart decisions. We have lots of great experience, especially in the interiors, mission critical, science and technology, energy, and educational sectors.


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