As a member of the building community, no doubt you are facing challenges in keeping up with the newest technologies and developments in achieving energy-efficient, sustainable and high-performing buildings.Â â€¨â€¨The 2011 National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting is a great place to find out about the latest trends. The Institute is involved in many new and exciting activities to develop innovative solutions for our industry and improve the built environment. Weâ€™re showcasing our work and sharing advancements during our Annual Meeting, December 5-9, 2011, in Washington, D.C. and youâ€™re invited to join us for a first-hand look.
This year, we will again hold our Annual Meeting in conjunction with theÂ Ecobuild AmericaÂ Conference. As a sponsor of Ecobuild America, the Institute is happy to offer its members aÂ 20% discountÂ on registration. (Just enter the discount code “NIBS11” when registering.) Save time and money by taking advantage of the wealth of information and resources available to you at this combined event. Together, the Instituteâ€™s Annual Meeting and Ecobuild America offer you a great opportunity to learn and share in the latest sustainable practices, high-performance technologies and building information modeling (BIM) tools.â€¨â€¨The Annual Meeting brings together all of the Instituteâ€™s councils and committees, including its Board of Directors, to present our progress on a variety of projects and discuss goals and objectives for the coming year. This yearâ€™s assemblies include the Coordinating Council, Consultative Council, Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, Building Enclosure Councils, Building Seismic Safety Council, buildingSMART alliance, High Performance Building Council, Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee, Multihazard Mitigation Council, Whole Building Design Guide Board and Advisory Committee, and two new groups, the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, and the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards. As a member, itâ€™s your chance to see the Institute in action and connect face-to-face with our industryâ€™s experts.
Come take part in these meetings and stay to take advantage of the many learning opportunities during this weeklong event. You wonâ€™t want to miss:
â€˘ The buildingSMART alliance Conference â€“ Learn all about BIM, Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs) and information technology (IT) for design and construction during the buildingSMART alliance Conference. The buildingSMART alliance is the developer of the National Building Information Modeling Standard-United StatesTM.
â€˘ FEDConÂ® 11 â€“ Find out about the federal agenciesâ€™ construction plans and budgets for the coming year directly from the decision makers as they share the inside scoop on expected 2012 activities.
â€˘ The Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium â€“ Catch up on this yearâ€™s topic, â€śHigh Performance Light Framed Walls: Types, Code Requirements, Durability Concerns and Field Experiences.â€ť This daylong symposium will address some of the benefits and challenges associated with this technology.
â€˘ Information Exchanges â€“ Witness a number of technology demonstrations presented during the week including the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) CMMS/CAFM Challenge; Life Cycle Model (LCie), Quantity Takeoff information exchange (QTie), and Specifiersâ€™ Properties information exchange (SPie).
â€˘ Educational Sessions, Exhibits and More â€“ Choose from dozens of Ecobuild educational sessions. Plus you wonâ€™t want to miss visiting the exhibit floor, where youâ€™ll see the AEC Interoperability Center displaying real-world examples of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) systems; BIMStorm DC, sponsored by Onuma; Sustainable and Smart Theaters; plus hundreds of exhibitors displaying the latest in products and services.
To find out more about the Instituteâ€™s Annual Meeting, including how to take advantage of the member discount offer, as well as to learn about co-located events and Ecobuild America sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, visitÂ www.nibs.org/newsevents/events/2011AnnualMeeting.