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Live August 3: White House to Stream Forum on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience

The National Institute of Building Sciences will participate in the White House Forum on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience, to be held tomorrow, August 3, in Washington, D.C. The introductory portion of the event will be streamed live by the White House from 8:30 am to 10:30 am ET.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality is hosting this forum on innovative finance options to support pre-disaster mitigation and community resilience. The convening is an opportunity for White House and Administration officials to learn about new investment approaches and incentive programs that are being deployed in communities now, and to explore partnerships and opportunities to leverage additional resources in the future.

Institute Participates in White House Forum on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience

The White House Council on Environmental Quality hosted a forum this morning on innovative insurance, mortgage, tax and finance-based strategies to support pre-disaster mitigation and community resilience. The White House Forum on Smart Finance for Disaster Resilience brought together White House and Administration officials; representatives from federal, state and local government; mortgage and insurance representatives; codes and standards developers; and others interested in promoting mitigation. Among those participating were representatives from the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Institute Briefs Congressional Staff on Using Incentives to Improve Resilience

Representatives from the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) and Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) headed to Capitol Hill September 22 to brief Congressional staff about updated research and recommendations on incentivizing mitigation.

Earlier this year, the Institute went before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management to give testimony based on the MMC-CFIRE white paper, Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization. That ground-breaking work described how the nation can achieve resilience to hazards in a cost-effective manner through a holistic and integrated set of public, private and hybrid programs that incentivize action. André Carson (D-Indiana), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, requested this follow-up briefing to help educate Congressional staff.

Learn How Business Continuity Can Contribute to Community Resilience

Many experts believe that, as the heart of each community’s economic base, private-sector businesses need to be a significant part of each community’s resilience efforts. The National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) will host a webinar, “How Does Business Continuity Contribute to Community Resilience?” on Tuesday, November 15, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET, to describe the importance of including business continuity (BC) planning activities when discussing community resilience planning. 

Learn what BC and business continuity management (BCM) mean in the private sector; find out about key BC references for selected industries; and hear about good practices as defined by disaster recovery and BC professional associations. The presentation will highlight success stories and look at how local businesses can help communities recover vital functions after disruptive events.

“The Well-Tempered City” Author to Keynote Building Innovation 2017

The author and man who “repairs the fabric of cities,” Jonathan F.P. Rose, will serve as the Plenary Keynote Speaker during Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo, to be held January 9-12, in Washington, D.C.

Building Innovation 2017, with its theme of “Collaborating for a High-Performing Future,” correlates well with Mr. Rose’s recently published book, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us about the Future of Urban Life. The book covers many of the topics the Institute’s councils and committees have been addressing to achieve resilient, high-performance buildings and communities. Following his keynote on Wednesday, January 11 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET, Mr. Rose will be signing copies of his book, which will be available for purchase on site.

Spotlight a Cutting-Edge Project that Goes Beyond Green™

Across the United States, designers, builders, owners, government agencies, manufacturers and others are going beyond the status quo to achieve high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. Now is the time to show off advancements and gain recognition for those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. Enter those cutting-edge projects and activities for a chance to win a National Institute of Building Sciences 2017 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Award.

Next BSSC Webinar Will Look at New Ground Motion Requirements of ASCE 7-16

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host a special webinar to address the newest ground motion requirements of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) standard, ASCE 7-16: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinar, “New Site-Specific Ground Motion Requirements of ASCE 7-16,” is scheduled for Friday, July 28, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The presenter, Dr. Charles A. Kircher, is a member of the BSSC Provisions Update Committee (PUC) and BSSC Project 17 Committee, as well as the ASCE 7 Seismic Subcommittee. He will talk about how the new site-specific design requirements were developed to address an identified shortcoming in the method for buildings on softer sites.

August 25 BSSC Webinar Will Look at Seismic Design of Masonry

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the sixth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Masonry with the 2015 NEHRP Provisions,” will be held Friday, August 25, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The BSSC webinar series highlights the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials.

Building Innovation 2018 Opening Keynote to Highlight Ways to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure

The president of Thornton Tomasetti, Raymond P. Daddazio, EngScD, PE, will serve as the Opening Keynote Speaker during Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, to be held Tuesday, January 9, 8:00 am – 10:00 am ET, in Washington, D.C.

The Building Innovation 2018 theme is Sustain. Strengthen. Secure. In his presentation, Mr. Daddazio will build on that theme, focusing on resilience and how infrastructure plays a major role in securing our communities for the future. He will provide his insights; highlight case studies; share best practices, lessons learned and remaining challenges; as well as offer his thoughts on long-term planning, whole building design, sustainability and the interchange between buildings and supporting infrastructure from the engineering point of view.

Building Innovation 2019 Opening Keynote to Talk about Resilience in NYC

New York City’s diverse building stock of over one million buildings is highly vulnerable to the hazards of a changing climate, including tidal and storm flooding in coastal neighborhoods, but also extreme heat, heavy precipitation and groundwater table rise throughout the city. While New York City’s Building Code facilitates physical resilience in new construction, the majority of the city’s buildings are approaching 100 years old. In his remarks, Wilson will share the context of New York City’s climate vulnerabilities, the work he and his colleagues in the Office of Resiliency are doing to address them and challenges in preparing buildings for coming climate hazards.

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