Building Innovation 2017 Conference & Expo


Building Innovation 2017 Conference & Expo Recap


International Code CouncilBuilding Innovation 2017 — The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference & Expo brought together hundreds of building industry professionals in Collaborating for a High-Performing Future. Held January 9-12, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., the event included four enriching days of quality programming and activities; 45 presenters in 16 educational sessions offering 24.5 continuing education units; four social networking events; two inspiring award ceremonies; 18 exhibits; one book signing and a virtual trip to Mars City.

Here’s a quick recap of the week’s events: 

Monday, January 9, 2017
Moving Forward, a Trip to Mars, Meet and Greet: Day One

The National Institute of Building Sciences kicked off the first day of Building Innovation 2017 with meetings of its Board of Directors and Consultative Council. The Board discussed normal business activities and voted on a number of issues. During its meeting, the Consultative Council released its 2016 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council, which goes to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress. Members of the Board of Directors, representatives of the Consultative Council and other industry leaders then participated in a presentation hosted by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program to explore a unique path forward to developing the future generation. The session featured a demonstration of the Mars City Facility Operations (Ops) Challenge created by the Institute, Total Learning Research Institute (TLRI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Facility Ops Challenge was designed to introduce high school students to facility management by teaching them to operate a virtual base on the planet Mars and to inspire them to consider one of the many careers in the building sciences. Afterwards, attendees headed to the first networking event of the week, the Meet and Greet Opening Reception.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
A Museum, Education Sessions and Exhibits: Day Two

Judson J. McIntire, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, kicked off the first day of education sessions at the Opening Keynote Breakfast Tuesday morning. Smithsonian’s Program Executive for the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall, Mr. McIntire joked, “My middle name is collaboration,” as he gave an uplifting presentation about the collaborative effort the Smithsonian undertook with the design team, city officials, federal agencies and citizens across the country to complete this historic and long-awaited project. Following the breakfast, Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA announced the unveiling of the National BIM Guide for Owners. Afterwards, the attendees made their way to one of the two morning educational sessions on collaborating as a team and designing for resilience, and then headed to the Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch, where they had a chance to mingle with the 18 exhibitors and learn about the latest technologies and opportunities in the building industry. People who stopped by the Mars City booth were able to take a virtual tour of the Mars City Facility Ops Challenge, navigating the building information model (BIM) of the futuristic Mars City base developed by KieranTimberlake, Gilbane Building Company and Alderson Engineering. After the four afternoon sessions on BIM, research, industrialization and preparing the workforce, everyone headed back to the Exhibit Hall for the Exhibitor Reception to network and discuss the day’s events.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Meetings, Sessions, Cities and Awards: Day Three

Day 3 of the Conference was a whirlwind of activity. Most of the Institute’s councils and committees convened for their annual meetings, including the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® Board of Direction and Advisory Committee; the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE); the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC); the buildingSMART alliance®; the BRIK Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) Research Council; the Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC); the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS); the Facility Maintenance & Operations Committee (FMOC); the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC); the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) Board of Direction; the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Board of Direction; and the Commissioning Industry Leaders Council (CxILC). The WBDG officially launched its newly redesigned free web portal and NCGBCS released a white paper on the role of existing building codes.

Five educational sessions were held throughout the day covering a range of topics, from designing for occupant needs to life-cycle planning. The Plenary Luncheon Keynote, Jonathan F.P. Rose, President of Jonathan Rose Companies LLC and author of The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us about the Future of Urban Life, spoke about the role that cities have played in civilization throughout history. “The world is rapidly urbanizing,” Mr. Rose explained, as he talked about how the population is shifting to cities and how housing, water, waste removal, transportation and other systems are needed to support this rapid influx. That evening, the Institute hosted its Annual Awards Reception and its Annual Awards Banquet, sponsored by the American Concrete Institute, ASTM International, the Building Commissioning Association, BOMA International, and the International Certification Board, where the Institute recognized new and retiring Board members, and honored the 2016 award winners.

Thursday, January 12, 2017
National Parks, Beyond Green™ Awards and Education Galore: Day Four

Day 4 of the Conference looked at building performance. During the FEDCon® Breakfast, Keynote Shawn Norton, Branch Chief for Sustainable Operations and Climate Change at the National Park Service, celebrated the history of the Park Service and the importance of building for resilience and stewardship so the “Parkitecture” of the National Parks lasts for generations. He showed park photos, invited audience participation and talked about sustainability initiatives and maintenance challenges. “Our goal is operational continuity,” he said, and went on to explain how many of the nation’s coastal treasures are increasingly vulnerable, and gave an example of the Cape Hatteras (N.C.) Lighthouse, which was moved at a cost of $15 million dollars. “Resilience is important,” he said, “But it really is going to be, for us, adaptive management.” Following that interactive presentation, the attendees headed out to the morning sessions, which focused on creating resilient communities and utilizing information technology for better building performance. At the Beyond Green™ Awards Lunch, the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council recognized the 2016 awards winners. The winners discussed their projects and received their awards. Following the lunch, attendees selected from the final four sessions of the week.

Conference Presentations Now Available

The Conference presentations are now available online for reference. To download the PDF versions of a presentation, from the Program page, click on the desired session, then the presentation link under the speakers name.


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