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Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment
Low vision is characterized by vision that is no longer correctable by glasses, contact lens, surgery, or medication. Low vision is…
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…
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…
Off-site Construction Education: results of a survey of prefabrication in design and construction academics
Ryan E. Smith Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Utah Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences, O-site…
Dialogue on National Resilience held at the National Institute of Building Sciences
Resiliency has become a growing concern in the national psyche. President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding…
NIBS Guideline 3-2012 Building Enclosure Commissioning Process BECx
The process of commissioning the enclosure follows a similar process as other building systems. However, commissioning the enclosure…
Consultative Council on Codes and Standards
When adopted by jurisdictions, codes and standards represent the community’s expectations for the protection of the health, safety and…
Consultative Council on Efficient Use of Water
Fresh water is a finite, essential resource. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that 36 states expect to experience local,…
Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings
Buildings are complex and becoming more so as owners and policymakers demand particular levels of performance. The focus is no longer…
Designing for a Resilient America: A Stakeholder Summit on High Performance Resilient Buildings and Related Infrastructure
Given the gravity of manmade and natural hazard events of the last decade, designing buildings that not only offer resistance, but…