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The National Institute of Building Sciences was authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383. In establishing the Institute, Congress recognized the need for an organization that could serve as an interface between government and the private sector. The Institute's public interest mission is to serve the Nation by supporting advances in building science and technology to improve the built environment.

Through the Institute, Congress established a public/private partnership to enable findings on technical, building-related matters to be used effectively to improve government, commerce and industry.

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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).
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IAPMO to Serve as Building Innovation 2018 Technical Programs Sponsor

With planning underway for Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo, the Institute welcomes the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) as the returning Technical Programs Sponsor. This is the third straight year that IAPMO has taken the role.
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International Code Council to Be Top Sponsor for Building Innovation 2018

The International Code Council (ICC) has renewed its commitment to serve as the Conference Sponsor for Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. To be held January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., Building Innovation 2018 will unite representatives from across the industry to discuss strategies and seek solutions to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure.
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Institute Issues Recommendations to the 45th President

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1974, the National Institute of Building Sciences has, from its beginnings, served as an authoritative source of information on building science and technology. More than four decades since its founding, this non-profit, non-governmental organization still brings the public and private sectors together to find solutions to make buildings better, safer, more economical places to live, work, play and learn.
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Two-Day Countdown Until Building Innovation 2018 Abstracts Due

Time is running out to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. The deadline is this Friday, June 16, to participate in the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment.
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July 7 BSSC Webinar on Wood Light-Frame Construction

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the fifth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Wood Light-Frame Buildings,” will be held Friday, July 7, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT)
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BEST5 Technical Committee Extends Call for Abstracts

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are extending the deadline to submit abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 16 – 18, 2018 at the historic Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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One Week Left to Submit an Abstract to Present at Building Innovation 2018

Potential presenters, there is only week left to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment.
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Consultative Council to Host Briefing During High Performance Building Week 17 hours ago

The National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council will host a briefing during High Performance Building Week to highlight its 2016 Moving Forward Report. The Congressional luncheon briefing, “Achieving a High-Performance Built Environment: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council,” will be held Tuesday, June 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cannon House Office Building, Room 122, in Washington, D.C.
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One Week Left before BSSC Webinar on Composite Steel and Concrete Structures

here is still time to register for the fourth webinar in the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) 2017 series. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinars highlight 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.
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Composite Steel, Concrete Structures Focus of June BSSC Webinar

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the fourth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, June 2, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).
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National Institute of Building Sciences Becomes ICC Preferred Provider

As an authoritative source of innovative solutions for the built environment, the Institute offers many continuing education opportunities for code officials and other members of the building industry to expand their awareness
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April 21 BSSC Webinar Looks at Steel-Framed Buildings

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the third webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Steel-Framed Buildings,” will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).
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BEST5 Technical Committee Issues Call for Abstracts

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are seeking abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Only One Week Until BSSC’s Precast Concrete Webinar

There is still time to register for the webinar, “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures,” hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC). This is the second webinar in the 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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National Institute of Building Sciences Reaffirms Commitment to UN Global Compact

Earlier this week, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued a Communication on Engagement (COE) reaffirming its support to the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative, the United Nations (UN) Global Compact.
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Two Weeks to Go before BSSC Webinar on Precast Concrete

Don’t miss the second webinar in the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) 2017 series. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the free webinars highlight 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.
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Institute Sunsets High Performance Building Council

A decade after the National Institute of Building Sciences established the High Performance Building Council (HPBC), the Institute’s Board of Directors has voted to successfully sunset the program.
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March 17 BSSC Webinar to Address Precast Concrete

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the second webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Structures,” will be held Friday, March 17, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

Early-Bird Rate Ends Tomorrow for 2018 Festival’s Building Science Pavilion

The early-bird rate to participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Building Sciences Pavilion to inspire and engage the next generation of building industry professionals ends tomorrow

New Report Looks at Energy and Water Performance of Sports Venues

It might not seem like installing a low-flush toilet would have much impact on the daily water use of a family of four, but think what a difference it could make at one football stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. Consider the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, the location of this week’s game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. It has a seating capacity of 71,795, not including the thousands of vendors, security personnel and half-time participants, not to mention the teams themselves.

Sign Up Now to Reach the Next Generation of Building Professionals in 2018

Now is the time to lock in an early-bird rate to participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Building Sciences Pavilion to inspire and engage the next generation of building industry professionals.

Learn How to Use Layers in this Upcoming NCS Webinar

Industry professionals interested in learning how to use layers in the nation’s leading CAD standard should attend the upcoming webinar hosted by the developers of the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS)—The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

Institute Welcomes 2017 Board, Says Farewell to Retiring Directors

The National Institute of Building Sciences welcomes new members to its Board of Directors this January and says goodbye to retiring directors. Lane J. Beougher, FAIA, FCSI; Brian E. Garbecki, PE, LEED AP; and Donald L. Pratt are the newest members of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors.

Institute Honors Industry Leaders during Annual Awards Ceremony

Each year, the National Institute of Building Sciences hosts an Awards Reception and Dinner to recognize individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to the Institute, the building community and the nation. Institute board, staff and members honored the 2016 award winners at an annual awards ceremony held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, during Building Innovation 2017: The Institute’s Fifth Annual Conference and Expo, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

January 27 BSSC Seminar Will Look at Reinforced Concrete Structures

The first webinar in a new 2017 series hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) and sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will focus on the seismic design of reinforced concrete structures using the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures and its primary reference standards: ASCE/SEI 7-10: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures and ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.

SBIC Recognizes 2016 Beyond Green™ Award Winners

The National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) recognized the 2016 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards winners on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Tally® and held during Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.

The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® Gets an Overhaul

The National Institute of Building Sciences officially launched its newly redesigned free web portal, the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide

NCGBCS White Paper Looks at Role of Existing Building Codes

The National Institute of Building Sciences National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards (NCGBCS) today issued a white paper focused on one of its priorities, “The Role of Existing Building Codes in Safely, Cost-Effectively Transforming the Nation’s Building Stock.”

Institute Unveils National BIM Guide for Owners

Following a year-long development process, the National Institute of Building Sciences released its new guideline to help building owners utilize building information modeling (BIM). The National BIM Guide for Owners (NBGO) provides building owners with an approach, from their own profession’s standpoint, to create and fulfill BIM requirements for a typical project. Unveiled during the kickoff of Building Innovation 2017: The Institute’s Fifth Annual Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C., the Guide is now available free online.

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