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Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab Helps California Get to Zero Net Energy Homes

California has established ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption in buildings, including a policy goal for all new residential buildings to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020. Now the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has launched two projects to help the state meet its ZNE building goals.
ABC National

Study: Project Labor Agreement Mandates Inflate Cost of Construction 13 Percent

A study released today by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Ohio schools built under government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) cost 13.12 percent more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements. The study looked at 88 schools built in Ohio since 2000 and found that those built under a PLA mandate cost $23.12 more per square foot than projects built without PLA mandates.
NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks Training Institute in Minneapolis will attract 1,600+ community-development professionals, $1.7 million in economic...

As national student loan debt soars at $1.4+ trillion, course helps counselors address nationwide problem
NIBS

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).
NIBS

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
Jeremy-Crawford

RESO Honors Outstanding Volunteers at 2017 Spring Tech Summit

At its sold-out Spring Technology Summit in Austin, Texas recently, the Real Estate Standards Organization, or RESO, honored more than two-dozen of its leaders and members for their outstanding personal contributions with its 2017
IBTS

IBTS Partners with APA to Deliver Community Planning Workshop

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, partnered with the American Planning Association (APA) to conduct the Community Planning Workshop during the 2017 APA National Planning Conference. This workshop will provide a firsthand look at one community damaged by Super Storm Sandy as well as the opportunity for participants to find unique solutions to the community’s recovery
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.

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HOUSTON NEW HOME SALES ARE UP, DAYS ON MARKET REMAINS UNCHANGED

New home sales in the Houston area are up nearly 12% in the last 12 months, as the pace of new home sales in Houston remained relatively flat in April, according to the HomesUSA.com New Homes Sales Index released today. The number of Days on Market for new homes sold in Houston was stable in April, indicating a continued steady new home sales pace.

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DG Pitkin LA

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Triple Net Lease Dollar General...

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant new construction Dollar General located at 12904 Highway-10 in Pitkin, Louisiana for $1,117,300