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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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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.

Worker, Water Shortages Primary Concerns in 2016 Moving Forward Report

The National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council released its 2016 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council, during its Annual Meeting, held as part of Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo.

BSSC Schedules 2017 Webinar Series on Construction Materials

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host, under the sponsorship of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a new 2017 webinar series focused on construction materials addressed in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) publications.

Experience Mars City at Building Innovation 2017

Take part in a special session to help build the future workforce during Building Innovation 2017—the National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference & Expo. On Day 1 of the Conference, Monday, January 9, 2017, at 3:30 pm, attendees can participate in a presentation of the Institute’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program and the Future Workforce Program to discover ways to inspire, engage, educate and employ the next generation of building industry professionals.

Last Chance to Get the Building Innovation 2017 Hotel Discount

If you plan to stay over in Washington, D.C., next month to attend Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo, Collaborating for a High-Performing Future, January 9-12, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental, today is your last day to reserve your room and guarantee the low rate and availability.

December 14 Webinar Helps You “Get in the Game” to Save Resources

Attend the upcoming webinar, “Get in the Game: Working Together to Advance Energy and Water Performance in Sports Venues,”next Wednesday, December 14, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET, and find out more about how the National Institute of Building Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy and Green Sports Alliance have teamed up on a ground-breaking initiative to identify opportunities for sports venue owners and operators to reduce their energy and water usage.

Building Innovation 2017 Hotel Discount Rate Ends This Friday

With an impressive lineup of speakers on the program, Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo, January 9-12, 2017, in Washington, D.C., is going to be a great event for industry professionals to focus on Collaborating for a High-Performing Future while earning continuing education units (CEUs).

Institute Set to Raise Membership Rates for First Time in a Generation

For the first time in more than 25 years, the National Institute of Building Sciences will increase annual membership dues for its individual members, beginning February 1, 2017. This nominal increase in dues will adjust for inflation, yet it still remains in line, or below, the membership fees of other building industry-related organizations.

December 6 Workshop: Find Out What to Do When Building Control Systems Get Hacked

Next week's workshop, sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences, will answer the question of what to do when building control systems have been hacked or taken over by ransomware. Intended for building owners, facility managers, engineering, physical security, information assurance and other professionals involved with the design, deployment and operation of building control systems, the “Your Building Control Systems Have Been Hacked, Now What? Workshop,” to be held Tuesday, December 6, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, will provide a combination of classroom learning modules and hands-on laboratory exercises to help attendees learn how to detect, contain, eradicate and recover from a cyber event.

Volunteer and Save: Students Needed to Assist at Building Innovation 2017

Students interested in attending Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, January 9-12, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., already receive a discounted price on registration. However, there’s a chance to attend the Conference for FREE as a volunteer.

“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.

OSCC to Participate in November 30 Webinar

An upcoming webinar hosted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), jointly presented with the American Bar Association Construction Forum, the Modular Building Institute and the National Institute of Building Sciences Offsite Construction Council (OSCC), will cover a variety of unique commercial and legal issues in industrial, commercial and residential modular construction.

Last Day to Register for MMC Webinar: How Business Continuity Can Contribute to Community...

Tuesday, November 15, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET, the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) will present the webinar, titled “How Does Business Continuity Contribute to Community Resilience?". Don't miss it! Registration closes today.

SBIC Appoints Jury for 2016 Beyond Green™ Awards

The National Institute of Building Sciences Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) announces the appointment of Illya Azaroff, Teresa Rainey and David Underwood to serve as the jury for the 2016 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards.

Smithsonian Program Executive to Keynote Building Innovation 2017

As the nation celebrates the opening of the recently completed National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) on the National Mall, the planning team of Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo is proud to announce the event’s Opening Keynote Speaker, Judson J. McIntire, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA.

The Building Innovation 2017 Collaborative Program Delivers Sessions Worth 24 CEUs

Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference & Expo, to be held January 9-12, in Washington, D.C., is a great way to earn continuing education units (CEUs) while hearing from a diverse group of speakers. With the theme Collaborating for a High-Performing Future, Building Innovation 2017 takes a new path to delivering educational content to engage the entire building community, combining a variety of concepts and presenting diverse perspectives during each session to stimulate creative ideas, present new approaches and develop workable solutions for the entire building industry.

Only One Week to Nominate Projects for a 2016 Beyond Green™ Award

There is only one week left to nominate a project for the 2016 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards. Recognize a building, initiative or innovation that is shaping, informing and catalyzing the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. The deadline to spotlight a cutting-edge project is Monday, October 31.

Only Two Weeks Left to Nominate Projects for a 2016 Beyond Green™ Award

The deadline is quickly approaching to nominate excellence in high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. The 2016Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards are a great way to recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. Don’t miss the opportunity to spotlight a cutting-edge project.

More than a Decade after Study’s Release, Institute to Begin “Mitigation Saves Version 2”

The National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC), with the financial support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the International Code Council (ICC) and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), is beginning a new study to look at the cost effectiveness of disaster mitigation efforts in the public sector, as well as the benefits of using codes to mitigate the impact of natural disasters in the private sector.

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