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BETEC, BECs Explore ENGAGE Information Exchange, Building Science Education, Strengthening Local and National Communities
Representatives from the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and its local component Building Enclosure Councils (BECs) assembled via Zoom for their annual meeting on September 21.  Under the leadership of BETEC President Stephen Shanks, the group explored the new NIBS communications platform, ENGAGE and exchanged ideas… more
Resilience 2021: The Importance of Seismic Functional Recovery and Community Resilience in the Built Environment
Nearly half of the U.S. population resides in portions of 42 states that are at risk of experiencing a damaging earthquake within the next 50 years. That’s according to the NIST-FEMA Special Publication (FEMA P-2090/NIST SP-1254), Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time… more
Women Executives in Building – When “Being the Only” is Its Own Superpower
Initially, Michelle Buczkowski considered “being the only” an isolating place. Buczkowski, vice president of talent management with 84 Lumber, shared during the virtual leadership meeting of the Women Executives in Building on August 31, that many times she felt like the youngest – and only – woman in a room. “For a while I saw ‘being the only’… more
NBIMS v4 Survey Respondents Want an Accessible and Easy-to-Reference Standard
The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Information Management (BIM) Council has released the results of its NBIMS v4 Publishing and Formatting Survey. The survey was distributed to NIBS members and the general public during the month of June 2021. The main takeaway: Respondents want a National BIM Standard that will be easy to use… more
Resilience 2021: The Case for Resiliency in the Wildland-Urban Interface
The latest United Nations report on climate change has made one thing clear– something must be done. Rising temperatures and an increase in drought frequency mean wildfires will continue to threaten our communities year-round. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are wildfires across 15 states in the U.S. There have been 107… more