Volunteer and Save: Students Needed to Assist at Building Innovation 2018


Washington, DC  – (RealEstateRama) — Students interested in attending Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., already receive a discounted price on registration. However, there’s a chance to attend the Conference for FREE as a volunteer.


This is the perfect opportunity for students interested in building industry-related careers to expand their construction knowledge and interact with some of the industry’s leading experts.

For four impactful days, Building Innovation 2018 is set to deliver an engaging program that will explore strategies that Sustain. Strengthen. Secure.  Plan to be there where Science meets Design® for a compelling program intended to engage the entire team of building professionals in creating innovative solutions for the built environment.

In addition to taking advantage of educational sessions, volunteers can hear from industry leaders during keynote addresses; network with industry colleagues during social events; view the latest in industry products and services on the Exhibit Hall floor; gain inspiration from industry pioneers honored during two award ceremonies and sit in on working Council and Committee meetings to witness the Institute in action.

Conference sessions include:

Day 2: Tuesday, January 9

  • TU2A: Are We Resilient and Sustainable? Evaluation Tools to Make the Case 
  • TU2B: Managing Data Across the Facility Life Cycle
  • TU3A: Confronting the Multiple Dimensions of Resilient and Sustainable Building Design
  • TU3B: Challenges and Opportunities in Regulating Existing Buildings
  • TU4A: Meeting High-Performance Goals through Timber Construction
  • TU4B: Incremental and Holistic Opportunities to Improve Building Performance

Day 3: Wednesday, January 10

  • WE1A: Advanced Technology and the Future of Buildings, Cities & Infrastructure
  • WE1B: Putting Your Best Façade Forward
  • WE2A: Using Technology to Move the Industry Forward
  • WE2B: Delivering on the Promise: The Important Roles of Air Barriers and Commissioning
  • WE3A: Focusing on Facility Management from the Start
  • WE3B: Zero-Energy Geophysicists: Revolutionary Renovation of AGU Headquarters
  • WE4A: Technology as a Tool: Facilitating Coordination Across a Building’s Life Cycle
  • WE4B: Liability and Risks in the Pursuit of High-Performance Buildings

Day 4: Thursday, January 11

  • TH2A: Climate Resilience: Adaptive Design and Risk Management
  • TH2B: 3D-Printing in the Built Environment: Today and Tomorrow
  • TH3A: Can the Workforce Deliver? Meeting Today’s Challenges of Climate Change Risk and Operational Performance
  • TH3B: Improving Healthcare Quality, Affordability and Access through Integrated Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • TH4A: Aligning Sustainability and Health in Renovating the ASLA Headquarters
  • TH4B: Designing for Disasters: Minimizing Explosion and Earthquake Exposure

Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast; the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch where Exhibitors will present the latest industry technologies; the Wednesday Plenary Luncheon; and the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast. (Volunteers also are welcome to attend Day One: Monday, January 8, to get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings.)

The Institute is looking for student volunteers to serve as room monitors, scan badges and assist with other duties as needed. For their three-day time commitment (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), volunteers receive a Full Conference registration, including lunches, and will be provided time to attend sessions and keynote addresses.

Students interested in volunteering should email their name, university, major, professor and contact information to Gretchen Hesbacher at ?subject=I%20want%20to%20volunteer">, subject line: “I want to volunteer.” Volunteer requests are due no later than Friday, December 8, 2017.

Please note, travel expenses and hotel accommodations are not included. If you need a hotel room, be sure to take advantage of our room block and the discounted rate at the Mandarin Oriental, which is providing a special Conference rate of $175. Mention the “Building Innovation Conference & Expo” when making your reservations. Reserve your room by the deadline, Friday, December 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET, to secure this rate and availability. Make your reservations online or call (202) 787-6140.

Due to the time constraints, international students requiring a VISA will not be considered.

Not a student, but still interested in volunteering? Submit an email. Decisions will be made on an individual basis.

View a full list of activities being held at Building Innovation 2018.

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