Building Innovation 2016 Conference & Expo


Building Innovation 2016 - Conference Recap

Building Innovation 2016 Recap Week

Building Innovation 2016—The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference and Expo brought  together hundreds of building industry professionals to connect, collaborate and create solutions on Achieving a Resilient Future. Held January 11-15, 2016, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, the event included five symposia, a forum, a workshop, a CEO summit and three keynotes; 125 speakers delivering over 70 presentations; and the chance to select from up to 41.25 continuing education credits. Fifteen committee and council meetings; a joint council and committee brainstorming session; and multiple networking events gave attendees ample opportunities to catch up on projects and share ideas. Two award ceremonies highlighted industry advances and leadership while 22 exhibitors showed off the latest building products and services on the exhibit floor. Here’s a quick recap of the week’s events:

Monday, January 11, 2016

Building Science Education, the Nation’s Healthcare Infrastructure: Day One
Building Innovation 2016 Recap Monday

The National Institute of Building Sciences began Building Innovation 2016 with events for two distinct audiences. University decision-makers and other experts in education convened to explore curriculum to train the next generation of industry professionals at the Second Workshop on Building Science Education in North America: Building Bridges and Bridging the Gap, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. The session began with a Continental Breakfast sponsored by Virginia Tech. Charles Steger, PhD, FAIA, President Emeritus of Virginia Tech, kicked off the workshop with the opening keynote address. Thomas Vonier, FAIA, RIBA, President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects, keynoted the lunch sponsored by Tremco. More than 15 speakers and an active audience participated in morning and afternoon sessions. Attendees ended the day with a Cocktail Reception. During the Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure 2016 Forum, teams of representatives from the country’s largest healthcare systems and subject matter experts presented the findings of five white papers addressing some of the industry’s most critical issues. With the presentations complete, speakers and attendees mingled at a Networking Reception sponsored by Carolina.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Councils, Committees and a Joint Session: Day Two
Building Innovation 2016 Recap Tuesday 

Most of the Institute’s Councils and Committees convened for their annual meetings on Day Two, including: the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® Board of Direction and Advisory Committee; the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE); the High Performance Council (HPBC); the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS); the buildingSMART alliance®; the Facility Maintenance & Operations Committee; the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC); the Off-Site Construction Council; the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Board of Direction: the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Board of Direction; the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC); the Commissioning Industry Leaders Council; the BRIK Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) Research Council; and the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) National. In the morning, the various groups all came together for a Joint Council and Committee session to brainstorm ideas about ways to advance resilience and improve member participation. The Institute’s Chairman, James “Tim” T. Ryan, CBO, talked about the importance of leadership and community engagement to achieve resilience during his keynote address at the luncheon. CFIRE released a new report: Financing Energy-Efficiency and Renewable-Energy Projects.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Opening Keynote Judge Alice C. Hill Kicks Off First Day of Education Sessions: Day Three
Building Innovation 2016 Recap Wednesday 

On Day 3 of the Conference, education activities kicked into high gear. In her opening keynote address, Judge Alice C. Hill (Retired), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the White House National Security Council, urged the audience to think about incorporating resilience every single day. The attendees then selected from two tracks to learn more about resilience, Track One: Guidance and Groundwork, and Track Two: Preparation and Performance. In Track One, the Industry Leadership and Advocacy (ILA) Symposium: People and Processes to Reach Resilience looked at what impediments the building industry faces to achieving high-performance goals. In Track Two, the Facility Performance & Sustainability Symposium: Realizing Resilience: Incentives for Owners and Operators sponsored by Noblis, focused on achieving community resilience by engaging stakeholders and offering incentives. But it wasn’t all work. Attendees took a break to enjoy the Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch, featuring a variety of buffet selections and interacting with the 22 exhibitors. That evening, the networking continued at the Exhibitors Reception sponsored by Procore, where attendees discussed the events of the day and learned about the latest technologies and activities from the exhibitors on display.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Resilience Efforts and Award Ceremonies Abound: Day Four
Building Innovation 2016 Recap Thursday 

During the FEDCon® Breakfast, sponsored by DLT Solutions, Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol, took the audience on a virtual tour of the U.S. Capitol grounds and surrounding campus, highlighting the various renovation projects underway to improve resiliency and sustainability. Attendees then adjourned to the educational sessions. In Track One, the Information Resources & Technologies Symposium: Tools and Technologies to Reach Resilience, sponsored by RSMeans from The Gordian Group, speakers looked at the tools available to achieve high-performance buildings and communities. At the Beyond Green Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society, SBIC recognized the winners of the 2015 Beyond Green High-Performance Building and Community Awards. See who won. In Track Two, the Security and Disaster Preparedness Symposium: Realizing Resilience: Incentives for Local Leaders and Lifelines, the presenters addressed ways to encourage leaders to invest in mitigation. That evening, the Institute hosted its Annual Awards Reception, sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America, and its Annual Awards Banquet, sponsored by ASTM International, the American Society of Interior Designers, the Building Commissioning Association, BOMA International and Kingspan Insulated Panels, where the Institute recognized new and retiring Board Members, and honored the 2015 award winners.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Case Study, a Report and a Meeting: Day Five
Building Innovation 2016 Recap Friday

The Conference wrapped up on Day Five with the Plenary Symposium: Achieving a Resilient Future, where a panel consisting of the project team members, alumni representative and owner provided an in-depth look at the newly constructed Dunbar High School, its award-winning campus and the construction process, which involved teachers, students, community and alumni involvement. Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA followed up with a Report from the Cutting Edge, and talked about what projects the Institute is involved in and the next steps on the horizon for the organization. The Conference closed with the Institute’s Board of Directors meeting, where Chairman Tim Ryan passed the gavel to newly installed Chairman Stephen T. Ayers, and welcomed new Board members.

The Conference presentations are now available online for reference. Missed a presentation or want to go back and take a second look at a speaker’s great graphic? Just go to the event in question and click on the link on the speaker’s name to view the presentation in Acrobat pdf.

From the completed follow-up survey, Conference attendees gave Building Innovation 2016 an overall rating of 8 out of 10 points and provided positive feedback on the quality of programs and presenters.

The National Institute of Building Sciences will hold its fifth annual Conference, Building Innovation 2017: Collaborating for a High-Performing Future, January 9-13, 2017. Plan to be there where Science meets Design™. To find out more and sign up for updates, visit To learn about sponsorship, exhibitor and advertising opportunities, email

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