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HUD

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY WINS HUD 2017 INNOVATION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING STUDENT DESIGN AND PLANNING COMPETITION

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a graduate student team from Rutgers University as the winners of HUD’s fourth annual Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The Rutgers team was one of four finalists to introduce a comprehensive plan for redeveloping a property owned by the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. HUD also announced a team from the University of Michigan as runner-up.
SEIA

SEIA Urges Nevada Panel to Pass Net Metering Bill

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the industry's national trade group, has sent a letter urging a Nevada Assembly committee to pass a pro-consumer net metering bill (AB 270). That measure would return the state to its previous net metering policy, which allowed all homeowners to sell excess electricity back to the utility and solar jobs to flourish.

Lower-cost Home Renovations Offer Best Value: Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today advocated that homeowners pursue smaller-scale renovation projects in order to maximize their potential return on investment

NEH Awards $1.4 Million in Grants to Support Veterans

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced $1.4 million in grants for the second round of its Dialogues on the Experience of War grant program. Part of NEH’s Standing Together initiative, which focuses on humanities projects that highlight veterans, Dialogues on the Experience of War grants provide opportunities for veterans, through the study and discussion of important humanities sources, to think more deeply about issues raised by war and military service
NIBS

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).

How Frank Lloyd Wright Brought High Design to Residential Real Estate

Frank Lloyd Wright is undoubtedly one of the greatest American architects that ever lived. He was a true visionary that wasn’t afraid to push boundaries and let nature influence his designs. His work blended the latest techniques and technology with old world craftsmanship
NIBS

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).
NIBS

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.
NIBS

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.
Benjamin Kasdan

Benjamin Kasdan, AIA, Director, Design at KTGY Architecture + Planning, Receives 2017 National AIA...

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced Benjamin Kasdan, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, director, design for KTGY Architecture + Planning’s multifamily studio, is a recipient of the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award. Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age.
NIBS

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.

Teams from Carnegie Mellon, Université Laval, University of Maryland, and University of Texas at...

Teams from Carnegie Mellon University, Université Laval in Quebec, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas at Austin have been selected as the four finalists for the 15th annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Competition, an ideas competition that provides students the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for an actual, large-scale site in an urban area. The four teams are advancing to the final round of the competition in April, where they will compete for a $50,000 first place prize.
NIBS

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).

New Appraisal Institute Book Enhances Understanding of Rural Property Valuation

The American landscape is changing and rural communities are changing as well, yet there is a void in the current literature of rural property appraisal, according to a new book by the Appraisal Institute.

New Drivers for Real Estate Financing, Design and Development is Focus of ULI’s 2017...

A broad range of factors shaping urban design and development, including corporate relocations, technology advancements, demographic shifts, new economic drivers, and social equity issues, will be discussed at the Urban Land Institute’s 2017 Spring Meeting May 2-4 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

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.
Tim Dain ABoR

Austin Board of REALTORS, RESO and the CoreLogic Trestle Platform

The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) and the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) today announced a new groundbreaking free data feed for technology developers through the creation of the Developer Reference Server. Powered by the CoreLogic® Trestle™ platform, the Developer Reference Server gives developers access to a full compendium of listing data from the previous year pulled directly from the ABoR MLS

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.

We Must Shrink the Skills Gap By Investing in Energy Workforce Training Programs

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) applauded the U.S. Department of Energy’s new report on national energy employment and urged support of energy workforce training programs.

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.”

NAHB Names Outstanding Educators, Professionals of the Year

The National Association of Home Builders last night honored 12 individuals who have excelled in teaching NAHB education courses and for their professionalism as NAHB educational designation holders as the Educators and Designees of the Year. The awards were given during the 2017 International Builders‘ Show® held this week in Orlando, Fla

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.
HUD

HUD AWARDS $32 MILLION TO PROMOTE JOBS, SELF-SUFFICIENCY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $32 million to public housing authorities, public housing resident associations, Native American tribes, and non-profit organizations across the nation to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs, educational opportunities, and achieve economic and housing independence (see list below)

Webinar on Holding an Operation Reveille Event

Mark your calendars for an exciting webinar scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ETto learn how you can implement an Operation Reveille event – a multi-sector collaboration to immediately house and provide supportive services to homeless veterans

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Center for American Progress

As the US Determines its Role in the Global Climate Effort,...

The Trump administration is currently deciding whether the United States will remain in the Paris Agreement and stand by its climate commitments. The upcoming meetings of international forums—including the G-7 and G-20—will provide some clarity on the new U.S. role in the global climate effort and the international response. In the meantime, there are indications that other major economies are steadfast in supporting the climate movement.

Recent

Brown Statement on CFPB Action Against Ocwen Financial for Failing Homeowners

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee – issued the following statement regarding today’s action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and state regulators against Ocwen Financial Corp. The CFPB alleges that Ocwen, one of the nation’s largest nonbank mortgage servicers, for years “engaged in significant and systemic misconduct at nearly every stage of the mortgage servicing process,” according to the bureau.