Building Innovation 2019 Conference & Expo

Building Innovation 2019 Conference & Expo

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Conference Recap

Building Innovation 2019 Conference & Expo

Building Innovation 2019 — The National Institute of Building Sciences Seventh Annual Conference & Expo brought together hundreds of building industry professionals to explore strategies aimed at Optimizing for Tomorrow. Held January 7-10, 2019, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., the event, sponsored by the International Code Council, included four enriching days of quality programming and activities; 60 expert speakers giving 36 presentations in 17 educational sessions offering 25.5 continuing education units; three keynote presentations; four networking events; one inspiring award ceremony; 15 exhibits; and an unveiling of the Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report. From the completed follow-up survey, Conference attendees gave Building Innovation 2019 an overall rating of 8.75 out of 10 points and provided positive feedback on the quality of programs and presenters.

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


Day One: Monday, January 7, 2019
Councils and Committees, Welcome and Preview

Building Innovation 2019 Conference & Expo

The National Institute of Building Sciences kicked off the first day of Building Innovation 2019 with meetings of its Board of Directors, Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC), Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) and the National Council on Building Codes and Standards (NCBCS) in the morning and meetings of the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC); buildingSMART alliance® (bSa); Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) Research Council; Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE); Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC); Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC); WBDG Whole Building Design Guide Advisory Committee; and  Commissioning Industry Leaders Council (CxILC) in the afternoon.

The Institute Board discussed normal business activities and voted on a number of issues. The OSCC released its Report of the Results of the 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey. The rest of the groups held their annual business meetings and voted on officers. Afterwards, attendees headed to the first networking event of the week, the Welcome Reception and got a preview of the Exhibit Hall.


Day Two: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Resilience in New York City, Education Sessions and Exhibits

Building Innovation 2019 Conference & Expo

Eric Wilson, Deputy Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, kicked off the first day of education sessions Tuesday morning at the Opening Keynote Breakfast sponsored by the EPDM Roofing Association. Wilson talked about how New York City’s diverse building stock of over one million buildings is highly vulnerable to the hazards of a changing climate; how flooding and extreme heat impact the most at-risk populations; the tools and documents the city has available to assist building owners in retrofitting their properties; and the opportunities for partners to make a difference. “It’s all hands on deck and everyone in this room is really needed to drive innovation throughout the country,” said Wilson. Immediately following Wilson’s keynote, the Institute released the Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report, the next chapter in the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves study, which looked at the benefits of adopting building codes. In addition, the Institute unveiled its refreshed brand, with a new logo and tagline.

The technical program, sponsored by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, included three tracks of educational sessions. Attendees chose from the morning educational sessions on resilience; intelligent tools and technologies: and building enclosure performance, and then headed to the Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where they had a chance to mingle with the 15 exhibitors and learn about the latest technologies and opportunities in the building industry. After attendees selected from a choice of six afternoon sessions on a range of topics, including a building’s umbrella; affordable housing; managing facilities and assets; science fiction or construction reality; the past and future of the building enclosure; and the step’s behind building resilience, everyone returned to the Exhibit Hall for the Exhibitor Reception, sponsored by Plan Grid, to network and discuss the day’s events.


Day Three: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Corrosion, Sessions, a Net-Zero Building and Awards

Building Innovation 2019 Conference & Expo

Day three of the Conference was a whirlwind of activity. The day began with the FEDCon® Breakfast, sponsored by Master Painters Institute (MPI). Steve Geusic, PE, Senior Professional Engineer for Leidos; Sherri McMillion, PE, CEM, ASQ LSSBB, Director of Facilities Criteria for the Navy at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic; and Richard A. Hays, Senior Corrosion Engineer for Excet, Inc., who all support the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Material Readiness, Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, addressed the expensive problem of corrosion. They talked about the laws that govern corrosion; the cost of corrosion on facilities; and the tools available to assist designers in addressing the problem. “During some of our research studies…these items were costing the most money. We wanted to look at our design and construction criteria,” said McMillion. “We knew we needed something to raise awareness with designers. Hey, think about corrosion when you’re designing.” The presenters gave an example of designing a garage in the Washington Navy Yard; talked about the potential corrosive factors that could impact the structure; and the criteria available to address the issues.

Following the breakfast, attendees selected from three morning educational sessions on metrics for project delivery, envelope case studies and creating a family-centered intensive care unit. During the Plenary Keynote Luncheon, Janice Lachance, Esq., FASAE, Executive Vice President, Strategic and Organizational Excellence at the American Geophysical Union (AGU), spoke about how AGU made the decision to renovate its existing 63,000-square foot headquarters building to be a showcase for real-world scientific advancement through innovative, sustainable technology. “The building has its own mission,” said Lachance. “This is all about the building and spreading the word…We wanted very much to prove a building in a weird footprint, in a small footprint, in an urban area, could achieve or get very close to zero energy…This requires a lot of change. Change in thinking, change in work, change in function.” In the afternoon, attendees selected from five more sessions on energy storage and tall wood buildings; resilience to wind and flood; information management and exchange; performance metrics for energy efficiency; and construction, commissioning and collaboration.

That evening, the Institute hosted its Annual Awards Reception, followed by the Annual and Beyond Green™ Awards Banquet, sponsored by the American Concrete Institute, BOMA International and At the Banquet, the Institute recognized new and retiring Board members, the 2018 Beyond Green™ Award winners presented their projects and the Institute honored the 2018 award winners.


Day Four: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Meetings and Workshop Modules

On day four, during its meeting, the Consultative Council released its 2018 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council, which looks at existing buildings. The report, which becomes part of the Institute’s Annual Report, will go to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress. The Institute convened its annual CEO Summit, where industry leaders come together to discuss issues. In addition, the Institute hosted two Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) Modules during the BECx Workshop. The first module was on BECx standards and process; the second was on BECx lab testing.


Conference Presentations Now Available

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? From the Conference presentations page, click on the session name and then the presentation link to view the presentation in Acrobat pdf.


News & Updates

12/21/2018 - Meet the Session Speakers; Claim Your Credits
12/19/2018 - Building Innovation 2019 Sessions to Deliver 27 Hours' Worth of Continuing Education
12/13/2018 - Conference Update: 19 Reasons to Register; 10 Reasons to Sponsor
12/11/2018 - Volunteer and Save: Students Needed to Assist at Building Innovation 2019
12/7/2018 - Hotel Rate Extension and Event Highlights
12/6/2018 - Attend Building Innovation 2019; Stay for the BECx Workshop
12/5/2018 - Hotel Discount Extended One Week: Reserve your room by December 14
11/29/2018 - Building Innovation 2019 Plenary Keynote to Highlight AGU Net-Zero Energy Renovation
11/28/2018 - Building Innovation 2019 Opening Keynote to Talk about Resilience in NYC
11/15/2018 - Conference Update: Hotel and Highlights
11/08/2018 - 2019 FEDCon® Keynote to Tackle the Expensive Problem of Corrosion
10/25/2018 - Conference Update - Education Session Details
09/04/2018 - Conference Update
08/15/2018 - Conference Update
07/10/2018 - Conference Update
06/28/2018 - Last Call: Building Innovation 2019 Abstracts Due Tomorrow
06/22/2018 - Only One Week Left to Submit and Abstract
06/20/2018 - IAPMO Returns as Building Innovation 2019 Technical Programs Sponsor
06/18/2018 - Conference Update
06/14/2018 - Two Weeks Left to Submit an Abstract to Present at Building Innovation 2019
06/11/2018 - ICC to Serve as Building Innovation 2019 Conference Sponsor
05/24/2018 - Institute Calls for Abstracts to Present at Building Innovation 2019

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Previous Conferences:
Building Innovation 2018
Building Innovation 2017
Building Innovation 2016
Building Innovation 2015
Building Innovation 2014
Building Innovation 2013

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