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Diverse Group of Representatives Testify at Hearing on Productivity and the Workforce

The National Institute of Building Sciences is still accepting written testimony for the Representative Hearing on Productivity and the Workforce, held this past Friday, September 25, at the Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. A total of nine speakers representing a broad group of industry organizations testified at the hearing. Industry representatives and media also participated.

CAP Report Outlines Barriers LGBT Homeless Youth Face in Obtaining Important Identification Documents

Research suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, youth experience homelessness at a much higher rate than their non-LGBT peers. Like for most homeless youth, this leads to significant challenges accessing food, shelter, health care, education, and employment, and these challenges may be heightened for youth who identify as LGBT. In addition, homeless youth often struggle to obtain state-issued photo identification, which further limits their access to programs and services that may aid them in securing safe and stable housing

ABC’s Trimmer Foundation Awards Scholarships to Merit Shop Construction Students

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the first 10 winners of the Build Your Future Scholarship through ABC’s Trimmer Construction Education Foundation (TCEF). The scholarships are awarded to the top 10 students attending an NCCER-accredited program or a state/federally approved apprenticeship program in a merit-shop training facility. The scholarships are funded through a pledge of $100,000 from Build Your Future over the next five years.

Report: Amid rapid gentrification, inclusionary housing can reduce segregation

Inclusionary housing, a policy by which developers provide for the construction of affordable housing, can be used effectively to reduce economic segregation at a time of rapid gentrification in neighborhoods across the United States, according to a report published today by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. And it can be deployed while avoiding the negative economic impacts and legal concerns often cited by critics, according to the report

Coalition for the Homeless Praises Efforts to Curb the Sale of K2

The Coalition for the Homeless held a press conference on the steps of City Hall Monday morning to highlight the importance of curbing the sale and availability of the synthetic drug K2, as the City Council held hearings today on how to stop the drug’s spread

Outdoor Living Spaces and Smart Home Technology Top Homeowner Preference

Homeowners continue to prioritize investing in outdoor living spaces and there has been a significant surge in popularity in adding technology and systems that can help automate energy consumption .These findings are from the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey covering activity during the second quarter of 2015 that focused on emerging home features: systems, technologies and special function rooms in the home.

Architects Issue Statement on DOE’s Net-Zero Energy Building Definition

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the Department of Energy’s release of a common definition of a zero energy building, or what is also referred to as a “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” building. Please attribute to AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA

Architects Issue Statement Supporting Surgeon General’s National Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s ‘Call to Action’ report on the health benefits of walking and barriers to walkable communities. Please attribute to AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA

The Modular Building Institute August 2015 Building of the Month: Mojave Solar Project

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) has recognized Universal Modular Building Solutions’ Mojave Solar Project Administration & Control Buildings as the August 2015 Modular Building of the Month. This project also won first place in the Permanent Special Application category at MBI’s annual Awards of Distinction, which are recognized at the association’s annual conference and expo, World of Modular.

NAR Study: New Home Construction Trailing Job Growth in Majority of Metro Areas

Despite positive improvements in the labor market in recent years, new home construction is currently insufficient in a majority of metro areas and is contributing to persistent housing shortages and unhealthy price growth in many markets, according to new research from the National Association of Realtors NAIOP Conference To Focus on Relationships, Education

NAIOP’s upcoming Commercial Real Estate Conference will give attendees a medium to create relationships, meet new people and learn something new, chairman Steve Martin, managing principal of SDM Partners in Atlanta, tells

Hilton Columbus High Street Downtown Bridge Wins National Steel Building Award

The pedestrian bridge that links Columbus, Ohio’s new Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel to the adjacent Greater Columbus Convention Center across High Street, the main thoroughfare through downtown, has earned national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2)

Register Now for the 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit!

The 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit, "The Drive to December", will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. This year's Summit will gather Federal agencies involved in ending veteran homelessness, technical assistance partners for the major homeless veteran service programs, and experts from around the country to help you set a high-speed plan for the final 100 days of the Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness

Deadline Approaching: Sign Up to Voice Your View on Productivity in the Workforce

National Institute of Building Sciences will conduct a representative hearing on productivity and the workforce on September 25, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The hearing, which is being sponsored by Autodesk and supported by the International Code Council, will provide an opportunity for representatives from the planning, design, construction, operations, ownership, finance, insurance, regulatory, manufacturing, academia and other segments of the U.S. building industry to speak about the challenges they face and offer potential solutions.

New Institute Workshop Series Focuses on Improving Cybersecurity of DoD Facilities

Over the past several years, the nation’s communities have seen an increasing shift to “smart buildings” that use internet-enabled wireless technology to control building-related systems. Such trends also are being seen in U.S. military facilities. In early 2015, following the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that called attention to building-related cyber risks, the House Armed Services Committee approved legislative language requiring the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to perform a cyber-vulnerability study as part of its fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill.

Nine Projects Selected for the 2015 Education Facility Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education(CAE) has selected nine educational facilities for this year’s CAE Education Facility Design Awards. The program honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, with support from its Industry Defense Fund and in collaboration with 15 other real estate associations, has released a groundbreaking study on the economic effects of repealing Section 1031 of the United States tax code, also known as “like-kind” exchanges.

Building Innovation 2016 Conference Track Two to Focus on Preparation, Performance

Achieving community resilience relies on the engagement and action of numerous stakeholders—from commercial and residential building owners to utilities and government leaders—and offering incentives provides a powerful mechanism to encourage tough decision making. At Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference & Expo, Achieving a Resilient Future, to be held January 11-15, 2016, in Washington, D.C., participants will examine the multiple incentive packages available to these audiences to advance investment in mitigation and resilience.

CCIM Students Increase Business While Taking Classes

During the CCIM Institute 102 course about market analysis for CRE investment in July, Paula L. Bruns closed one deal totaling almost $100,000 in commission, signed up one existing tenant and two new tenants for leases, and proposed six new transactions

IREM Real Estate Management Public Policy Victories

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) recently has contributed to several victories in public policies that will have a positive impact on real estate management professionals and organizations.