Councils & Projects

The National Institute of Building Sciences accomplishes its mission to serve the nation and public interest through the following councils and programs that work to support advances in building sciences and technology:

Industry Leadership and Advocacy

Consultative Council – The Consultative Council advises and supports NIBS by making findings and recommendations for presentation to the President of the United States on developing and applying science and technology to improve the built environment through standards, codes, regulations, and industry practices affecting the design, construction and operation of buildings.

Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) – OSCC serves as a research, education, and outreach center for relevant and current information on off-site design and construction for commercial and multifamily buildings.

Security and Disaster Preparedness Programs

Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) – BSSC works to enhance public safety by improving earthquake-resistant design and construction throughout the United States. Consisting of volunteer subject matter experts and member organizations, BSSC represents a variety of interests related to seismic safety. The Council develops seismic safety provisions for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, promotes their adoption in voluntary standards and model codes, and develops training and educational courses and materials for use by members of the building community and public.

Integrated Resilient Design Program (IRDP) – NIBS established this program to focus on innovative approaches to the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructures that are resilient to natural and man-made disasters. IRDP projects are currently sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, whose High Performance Integrated Design Resilience program develops tools and resources so users can integrate resilience to reduce the impact of disruptive events and the duration of their effects.

Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) – MMC disseminates credible information and counsel on major policy issues involving multi-hazard disaster resilience and risk reduction. The Council promotes increased all-hazard (man-caused and natural) disaster resilience and risk reduction in the built environment as part of a whole building strategy. This strategy focuses on sustainable, economic, and practical solutions through effective research and policy making. Also, under MMC is the subcommittee for finance, insurance and real estate. Banks, insurance companies and real estate firms all play a significant role in how buildings are procured, designed and constructed. This subcommittee (formerly CFIRE) works to promote collaboration and buy-in across these sectors to better address the challenges of evaluating risks, benefits, technologies and practices associated with the achievement of cost-effective high-performance buildings.

Facility Performance and Sustainability Programs

Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) – BETEC develops a sound technical and economic basis for the design, construction, and operation of new buildings and the modification of existing buildings to optimize energy efficiency, while maintaining function, durability, and a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. Also, BETEC helps expedite the use of promising new and improved technologies and practices to enhance energy efficiency and the building environment. Through a cooperative agreement with the American Institute of Architects, BETEC has formed and organized Building Enclosure Councils in numerous U.S. cities.

Building Enclosure Council (BEC) National – BEC National facilitates a network of affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and others located in major cities across the United States. A joint initiative of the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the American Institute of Architects, the local BECs provide a forum for the construction industry to address building enclosures, which play a critical role in building performance and energy efficiency.

Facility Management and Operations Council (FMOC) – FMOC provides industry-wide, public and private support for the creation of higher quality facilities through improved maintenance and operation and real property management. Also, under FMOC is the Commercial Workforce Credentialing subcommittee; it works to advance the development and recognition of quality building industry credentials.

Information Technology Programs & Councils

Building Information Management (BIM) Council ® – This Council (formerly the buildingSMART alliance) provides and promotes methods for the integration of all facility life-cycle processes that embody the planning, construction, operation, occupancy and disposal of the built environment through a dynamic and interoperable exchange, use and retention of digital representation, and the functional characteristics of accurate and useful information.

WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® Workgroup – WBDG is a comprehensive, internet-based portal to a wide range of federal- and private-sector building-related guidance criteria and technology. It creatively links information across traditional professional disciplines to encourage integrated thinking and “whole building” performance. Users can access WBDG information through a series of “levels” by way of three major categories: 1) Design Guidance; 2) Project Management; and 3) Operation and Maintenance. The WBDG includes a comprehensive library of over 12,000 design criteria, other construction documents and executable programs from federal and private organizations.

ProjNetSM – Project extranet (ProjNetSM) is an internet-based service that allows the secure exchange and processing of design and construction information among authorized business partners. ProjNetSM offers a suite of tools to manage owner-related business processes, including design reviews, bidder inquiry, requests for information and construction submittal reviews. ProjNetSM facilitates the formal oversight, control, review, management and secure exchange of complex project documents among and between all project stakeholders.

Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) – The National Institute of Building Sciences and the American Institute of Architects collaborate on the development of BRIK, an interactive portal to support incorporation of multidisciplinary research in the design, construction and operation of high-performance buildings. BRIK offers online access to peer-reviewed research and case studies in all facets of building, from predesign through occupancy and reuse.

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