Reports & Guidelines

The Institute has a number of reports and guidelines on specific topics in our online store. The following documents are free to download. All are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs PDF.

2018 Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council
Each year, the Council develops a Moving Forward Report, which becomes part of the Institute’s Annual Report that goes to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress. In the 2018 report, the Council addresses ways to improve the performance of the nation’s existing building stock. The report is intended to be a starting point for a much broader dialogue across the building industry and with policymakers, and offers a number of recommendations to move forward. [January 2019 / 10 pages]


  2018 Moving Forward Report cover

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report
This report, issued by the National Institute of Building Sciences, looks at the benefits of designing buildings to meet the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2018 International Building Code (IBC)—the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC)—versus the prior generation of codes represented by 1990-era design and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements. The report is a compilation of the project team’s results to this point and includes the finding from the 2017 Interim Report, released in January 2018, and a second report, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure, released in October 2018. The project team found a national benefit of $11 for every $1 invested. [January 2019 / 472 pages]


  Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves 2018 Interim Report cover

Report of the Results of the 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey
This report compiles the results of a follow-up survey conducted in 2018 by the Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) to understand how the U.S. construction sector use off-site construction techniques and technologies has changed since its initial survey in 2014. A total of 205 participants responded to the 2018 survey. The respondents came from across the building industry, representing the diverse stakeholders involved in the decision making and implementation of off-site construction. [January 2019 / 17 pages]


  2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey Report

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure
This report, issued by the National Institute of Building Sciences, examines the potential benefits associated with investing in mitigation for select utility and transportation infrastructure. The project team reviewed 859 U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants, finding 16 related to natural-hazard mitigation of utilities and transportation lifelines. Of these, the team acquired sufficient data to estimate benefit cost ratios (BCRs) for 12 mitigation investments. The project team analyzed replacing specific water supply pipeline segments to create a resilient water-supply grid that better resists earthquakes; strengthening electric substation equipment to better resist earthquake loads and to create a resilient electric grid; and strengthening highway bridges to better resist earthquake loads. [October 2018 / 109 pages]


  NHMS: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure

2017 Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council
Each year, the Consultative Council develops a report to examine building industry challenges and offer findings and recommendations on how to overcome them. The summarized report becomes part of the Institute’s Annual Report, which goes to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress. In 2017, Council members decided to focus on the future. They wanted to explore how the building industry can and should evolve to meet the changing needs of society and how new technologies and practices can attract a 21st century workforce. [January 2018 / 10 pages]


 
  2017 Moving Forward Report

Implementing an Outcome-Based Compliance Path in Energy Codes: Guidance for Cities
This guidance document, developed by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the New Buildings Institute, gives jurisdictions the means to help them achieve their energy performance goals for buildings. The document provides jurisdictions with the regulatory language to put an outcome-based compliance path into place. [October 2017 / 32 pages]

 
 

Implementing an Outcome-Based Compliance Path in Energy Codes: Guidance for Cities

Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues
This report, released by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance, looks at ways the nation’s sports venues can make an impact by reducing their energy and water use. The report considers the potential water and energy reductions the U.S. sports sector could make, and highlights the financial savings some leagues and teams are already seeing from putting such efficiency initiatives into place. In 2016, a project team of representatives from the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance began working on this project with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [February 2017 / 66 pages]

  Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues 
The Role of Existing Building Codes in Safely, Cost-Effectively
Transforming the Nation’s Building Stock

In this report, the Institute’s National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS) examines effective strategies for promoting the adoption of existing building codes, as well as developing and implementing educational and training programs for owners, builders, contractors, design professionals and, most importantly, code enforcers. NCGBCS also addresses some of the implementation challenges and enforcement issues, and the technical changes necessary to improve future editions of the codes. [January 2017 / 10 pages]
 
  The Role of Existing Building Codes in Safely, Cost-Effectively Transforming the Nation’s Building Stock
The National BIM Guide for Owners
This guide provides building owners with an approach, from their own profession’s standpoint, to create and fulfill building information modeling (BIM) requirements for a typical project. It addresses three broad areas the owner should understand in order to work effectively with the Project BIM Team: process; infrastructure and standards; and execution. The guide provides building owners with a documented process and procedure for their design teams to follow to produce a standard set of BIM documents during the design and construction of the facility, and for maintenance and operations of the facility upon handoff. It is geared to a generic facility with uniform requirements for use by a variety of government, institutional and commercial building owners. It references a range of documents and practices, including those contained within the National BIM Standard-United States®. [January 2017 / 36 pages]

  The National BIM Guide for Owners
2016 Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council
Each year, the Council develops a report to examine building industry challenges and offer findings and recommendations on how to overcome them. The summarized report becomes part of the Institute’s Annual Report, which goes to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress. While many of the challenges identified in earlier reports remain, and those associated findings and recommendations still are relevant, the two issues of workforce and water continue to weigh heavily on the building industry, and are the primary focus of the 2016 Moving Forward Report. [January 2017 / 24 pages]

  2016 Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council 
Report of the Results of the 2015 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey of Software Usage
This report compiles the results of a survey conducted by the Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) in the summer of 2015 to identify the types, frequency of use and effectiveness of software platforms being utilized by the off-site construction sector. A total of 22 participants, with more than half representing the architecture/engineering or general manager/general contractor disciplines, responded to the survey. [March 2016 / 22 pages]
  Report of the Results of the 2015 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey of Software Usage 
Results from an Expert Roundtable on Utilization of Public-Private Partnerships to Promote High-Performance Public Buildings in the United States
This report, developed jointly by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors summarizes a roundtable held in Washington, D.C., in October 2015. The roundtable examined how public-private partnerships (P3s) are employed in the United States and tried to identify opportunities to expand their use. [January 2016 / 5 pages]

   
The Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure Research Team 1 Report:
Owner Organization for Successful Project Outcomes
This is the report of the Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure's Team 1. Facilitated by Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, of Texas A&M University and underwritten by Gilbane, Team 1 sought to shed light on the strategies adopted by successful owners and identifies 12 themes that consistently arose from interviews with industry experts. [January 2016 / 35 pages]

  Team 1: Owner Organization for Successful Project Outcomes 
The Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure Research Team 2 Report:
Developing a Flexible Healthcare Infrastructure
This is the report of the Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure's Team 2. Facilitated by David Allison, FAIA of Clemson University and underwritten by Southland Industries, Team 2 first defined what flexibility means in relation to healthcare infrastructure, and then addressed why flexibility and the ability to accommodate changing needs are important by identifying the forces of change in healthcare. [January 2016 / 37 pages]

  Team 2: Developing a Flexible Healthcare Infrastructure
The Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure Research Team 3 Report:
Project Acceleration / Speed to Market Strategies
This is the report of the Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure's Team 3. Facilitated by Rebekah Gladson, FAIA, of rggroup global and underwritten by Balfour Beatty, Team 3 initiated a conversation on how to improve overall healthcare business success by considering project planning, project delivery, risk management and innovation as an integral part of the industry’s ability to accelerate project development economically. [January 2016 / 21 pages]

  Team 3: Project Acceleration / Speed to Market Strategies
The Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure Research Team 4 Report:
Defining the Next Generation’s Focus
This is the report of the Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure's Team 4. Facilitated by Mardelle Shepley, FAIA, of Cornell University and underwritten by Clark Construction, Team 4 shed light on the potential directions of the field in the context of the next generation and provided some guidance to serve as a potential roadmap.[January 2016 / 24 pages]

  Team 4: Defining The Next Generation's Focus 
The Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure Research Team 5 Report:
Reducing Capital Costs
This is the report of the Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure's Team 5. Facilitated by Dennis Bausman, PhD, of Cornell University and underwritten by Jacobs Project Management, Team 5 looked at the nation’s healthcare spending in relation to the rest of the world. Within the U.S. healthcare industry, an evolving reimbursement structure, changing technology, funding restrictions, increasing competition and rising customer expectations combine to make improving services while lowering costs—an especially daunting task for healthcare providers. [January 2016 / 30 pages]

  Team 5: Reducing Capital Costs
Financing Energy-Efficiency and Renewable-Energy Projects
In this report, the Institute’s Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) examines the current and potential roles of three key equity investing structures in capitalizing the sustainable and energy-efficient development and retrofit of investment-grade commercial buildings and renewable-energy production. The report evaluates the effectiveness of these vehicles—Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and Yieldcos—in accessing the public capital markets and recommends needed legislative and regulatory changes. This examination, which CFIRE accomplished through a committee of member experts, is particularly important in light of the need to conserve limited government resources. The report includes an overview of the current funding environment in the United States; recommendations for government agencies and other stakeholders; and figures and sidebars to illustrate important concepts. [January 2016 / 56 pages]
 
  Financing Energy-Efficiency and Renewable-Energy Projects

Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization
This white paper, released by the Institute’s Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) and Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) in October 2015, promotes the use of private and public incentives to achieve resilience in U.S. communities. In 2014, the MMC and CFIRE assembled a multi-sector team of experts to look at private/public-sector opportunities to induce corrective action, known as “incentivization.” In the white paper, the MMC/CFIRE team offers a new approach—one focused on capturing all of the potential incentives provided by the public and private sectors for pre- and post-hazard investment. The team concludes that the most cost-effective manner to achieve resilience is through a holistic and integrated set of public, private and hybrid programs based on capturing opportunities available through mortgages and loans; insurance; finance; tax incentives and credits; grants; regulations; and enhanced building codes and their application. [October 2015 / 62 pages]

 
Financing Small Commercial Building Energy Performance Upgrades: Challenges and Opportunities
In this report, the Institute’s Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) issued findings and recommendations on the financing of small commercial retrofit projects for energy efficiency. Although small commercial buildings (less than 50,000 square feet) make up the majority of the nation’s building stock, investments in energy-efficiency retrofit projects for this vast segment of the building stock have lagged behind those for larger buildings. This CFIRE report identifies several barriers to investment in such retrofits. Key issues include the costs and complexity associated with relatively small loan sizes as well as the challenge owners have in understanding and trusting predicted retrofit outcomes. [ January 2015 / 40 pages]

 
Raising the Profile, Filling the Gaps: Report from a Town Hall Meeting on the Future of Code Officials
This report, released by the International Code Council (ICC), summarizes the findings of a Town Hall Meeting held during the 2014 ICC Annual Conference. The ICC engaged the Institute to conduct a nationwide survey of building code compliance professionals. The results of this first-of-its-kind demographic survey of code professionals confirmed the growing concern within the building industry about a pending retirement exodus. Eighty percent of the existing code professional workforce is expected to retire in the next 15 years, and more than 30 percent plan to do so within five years. ICC and the Institute hosted the Town Hall Meeting, inviting code professionals and other interested industry professionals to discuss the actions necessary to address this impending crisis. This report highlights current efforts undertaken by some code departments and professionals to “raise the profile” by participating in community events, serving on high school and community college advisory boards, and supporting internships, ride-alongs and mentoring opportunities. [February 2015 / 8 pages]
 
 

Annual Reports:   (see more)
2017 Annual Report Cover
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report Cover
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report Cover
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

Consultative Council Reports:

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2015 Moving Forward
2015 Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council

 

2014 Moving Forward
2014 Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council
Cover of Consultative Council on Efficient Use of Water
Consultative Council on Efficient Use of Water
Cover of Consultative Council on Codes and Standards
Consultative Council on Codes and Standards

Miscellaneous Reports:
   
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Dialogue on National Resilience held at the National Institute of Building Sciences
Dialogue on National Resilience held at the National Institute of Building Sciences  
(September 2013 / 12 pgs)
Cover of NIBS Guideline 3-2012 Building Enclosure Commissioning Process BECx
NIBS Guideline 3-2012 Building Enclosure Commissioning Process BECx
Cover of Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings
Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings
(December 2011 / 60 pgs)
Cover of Designing for a Resilient America
Designing for a Resilient America: A Stakeholder Summit on High Performance Resilient Buildings and Related Infrastructure
(2010 / 30 pgs)

Cover of Report on Building Rating and Certification in the U.S. Building Community
Report on Building Rating and Certification int he U.S. Building Community
(September 2009 / 14 pgs)
Cover of Institute Anniversary Report Celebrating 35 Years
35th Anniversary Report
(2009 / 12 pgs) 
Cover of Assessment to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings
Assessment to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings
(2008 / 24 pgs)
 

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