Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition Technology Sessions to Feature Modular Multifamily Housing

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The annual meeting of the National Institute of Building Sciences takes place August 18-19

WASHINGTON, DC, – RealEstateRama – The pandemic has raised the stakes on building technology that already was constantly evolving.

From virtual design and construction for facilities management to innovative structure monitoring technologies to validate and visualize building enclosure performance, this and more will be covered in the technology sessions of Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition.

The annual meeting of the National Institute of Building Sciences takes place August 18-19.

“Technology keeps the building industry moving forward,” says Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. “Our Building Innovation speakers will present cutting-edge content around the construction and management of smart, energy-efficient, and secure structures.”

The technology keynote will be delivered by Evan Loomis, Co-Founder and Chairman of ICON.

In 3D Printing as a New Paradigm for Affordable, Resilient Housing, Loomis will discuss how ICON is using robotics, software and advanced materials to bring affordable and dignified housing to people affected by disasters.

The BI2020 technology track includes:

  • Making the Invisible Visible – Innovative Structure Monitoring Technologies to Validate and Visualize Buildings Enclosure Performance with Jason Teetaert, Co-Founder/VP, Business Development, SMT Research Ltd. This presentation will allow attendees to gain a better understanding of innovative structure monitoring technologies and tools available for quality assurance, risk mitigation, and innovation support in the construction industry.
  • Extending Virtual Design and Construction for Facilities Management with Marjan Sadeghi, PhD, VIATechnik, LLC. This presentation will showcase the power of computational building information models in facilitating automated workflows to generate data-rich facilities management deliverables and carry out analysis for downstream FM tasks such as move management, maintenance scheduling, and energy analysis.
  • NBIMS Roadmap with Carrie Dossick, P.D. Koon Professor of Construction Management, Associate Dean for Research, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, John Messner, PhD, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State & Chair, NIBS BIM Council, and Lisa Stine, Technical Solutions Executive – Construction PlanGrid, Autodesk Construction Solutions. The NIBS BIM Council has been establishing the structure and content for the next revision of the National BIM Standard – United States (NBIMS-US).  In this session, we will present the work to date as well as a forecast of what’s to come.
  • Modular Multifamily Housing as an Affordable Supply Strategy with Libby O’Neil, Multifamily Affordable Product Research Analyst, Fannie Mae. Modular construction can significantly cut hard costs, providing cost savings in the building process. Modular multifamily construction can be part of the strategy to address the affordable housing supply crisis currently taking place in the U.S.

Dell Technologies is the sponsor of the BI2020 Technology track.

Building Innovation is a premiere event that brings together architects, engineers, code officials, manufacturers, innovators, public and private sector representatives, officials from building and construction, and local, state and government leaders. In addition to technology, it will resilience, workforce development, and the challenges that COVID-19 brings to the built environment.

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

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