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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. On Thursday, January 14, Institute board, staff and members honored the 2015 award winners during an annual awards ceremony atBuilding Innovation 2016: The Institute’s Fourth Annual Conference and Expo, held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Virginia.

AHI Papers Address Five Critical Issues Affecting Nation’s Healthcare Facilities

In January, during Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, the Institute’sAcademy for Healthcare Infrastructure (AHI) released five white papers addressing some of the most important issues affecting the infrastructure of the nation’s healthcare facilities

BSSC Second Annual Colloquium Covers the Latest on NEHRP Provisions, Project 17

Join the members of the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) when they host the second annual BSSC Colloquium on “Seismic Design Update 2016: An Interactive Exploration of the 2020 NEHRP Provisions and Project 17 Issues,” Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport–Waterfront in Burlingame, California.

Hans Butzer, AIA, Honored with the 2016 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

Hans Butzer, AIA, is being recognized with the 2016 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for his work advancing the caliber of public building in Oklahoma City. The Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes excellence in architectural advocacy and achievement. Butzer will be honored at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.

HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition Highlights Connection Between Urban Development and Community Resilience, Says ULI

The $1 billion in National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) grants recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a critical step in helping states and communities across the nation become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, according to the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In addition, the grant proposals and winning applications have highlighted the important connections between urban design and development and improving community resilience.

Testing and the Every Student Succeeds Act: Toward a Coherent, Aligned Assessment System

The newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA—which replaces No Child Left Behind—includes a number of key provisions that are aimed at addressing the problems with today’s testing systems in schools. The new law provides an opportunity for states and districts to move toward more coherent, aligned assessment systems that support student learning. There is a risk, however, that states and districts might not take advantage of this opportunity and might instead continue on their current paths

Opening Keynote Calls Building Industry to Meet Nation’s Resilience Challenges Head On

The National Institute of Building Sciences kicked off the first day of educational programs Wednesday, January 13, at Building Innovation 2016: The Institute's Fourth Annual Conference and Expo with a breakfast keynoted by Judge Alice C. Hill (Retired), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the White House National Security Council.

Home Remodeling Activity Looking to Gain Steam Through Mid-Year

Expenditures for home improvements should see healthy gains in 2016, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Researchers Pinpoint the Drivers for Low-Priced PV Systems in the United States

The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on homes and small businesses spans a wide range, and researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have published a new study that reveals the key market and system drivers for low-priced PV systems.

NIBS, RICS Project Seeks Ways to Expand Use of Public-Private Partnerships, Promote High-Performance

As federal agencies deal with ongoing budget challenges, especially for capital projects, and aging assets facing significant maintenance backlogs, they are seeking new mechanisms to make sure they can continue carrying out their missions. Coupled with these funding constraints, agencies are under increased pressure to improve performance around energy and water use

New CFIRE Report Presents Ways to Finance Energy Projects in Buildings

As renewable-energy sources and sustainable building technologies grow, the functionality, financial performance and resilience of the built environment in the United States is increasingly linked to the energy sector. Today, during Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, held in Metropolitan Washington, D.C., the Institute’s Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) released a new report: Financing Energy-Efficiency and Renewable-Energy Projects.

Consumers Energy Provides Nearly $100,000 Energy Efficiency Incentive Check to Grand Valley State University

Energy-efficient building designs for two new Grand Valley State University facilities have earned the school a nearly $100,000 incentive payment from Consumers Energy.

Institute Takes Recommendations from Hearing

The U.S. building industry is under increasing pressure to deliver high-performance buildings to meet the needs of owners, occupants and the government. Owners and contractors are looking for opportunities to improve certainty in schedule, performance and cost while managing risks. At the same time, there is an increasing concern from multiple segments of the industry on the availability of a skilled workforce, as well as the productivity of the buildings workforce today and into the future.

USGBC Announces New Exam Pricing for Students

Higher education students will receive 50 percent discount to support future sustainability careersWashington, D.C. – (Jan. 5, 2015) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced for the first time that students will be able to take the LEED Green Associate exam for a reduced fee of $100. The regular exam price is $200 for USGBC members and $250 for non-members


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that communities may now apply to be designated a Promise Zone under the third and final round competition. Read the new notice seeking Promise Zone applications.

Mark the Calendar Now: Second Annual BSSC Colloquium Takes Place March 8

Plan to join the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) to find out about the latest on the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures and Project 17, Development of Next-Generation Seismic Maps, when the BSSC presents its Second Annual BSSC Colloquium, “Seismic Design Update 2016: An Interactive Exploration of the 2020 NEHRP Provisions and Project 17 Issues.”

Architects Create Commission to Advance Diversity in the Profession

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has created the Equity in Architecture Commission, a blue-ribbon panel of leading architects, educators, and diversity experts to investigate diversity and inclusion in the profession. The 20-member group is charged with assessing recent data, setting a plan of action, and reporting on results to the AIA Board of Directors by the end of 2016.

Architecture Billings Index Hits another Bump

As has been the case a few times already this year, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped in November. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 49.3, down from the mark of 53.1 in the previous month.

Building Innovation 2016 Offers 41 Continuing Education Units

Attend Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference & Expo and check professional education requirements off the top of your 2016 “to-do” list. The Institute’s Annual Conference, to be held January 11-15, in Metro Washington, D.C., is a great way to earn continuing education units (CEUs) while hearing from speakers who are experts in their fields. With the theme Achieving a Resilient Future, Building Innovation 2016 offers a number of educational sessions that give attendees the opportunity to select from a total of 41.25 Learning Units (LUs) from the American Institute of Architects.


Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, the new adjusted educational impact fees will be $5,856 for a mobile home, $8,045 for a multi-family dwelling, and $9,324 for a single-family home. Educational impact fees are imposed by local governments and paid by developers to address the increase in school facility infrastructure demands created by new development