Building Innovation 2020

NIBS virtual meeting keynotes to cover 3D printing, resilience and workforce

Looking for creative ways to motivate your workforce during this tough stretch? An upcoming virtual trade show provides ample opportunity to explore new ideas around building resilience, technology and workforce development, presented online for attendees of Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition.

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

NIBS sent a press release to Electrical Apparatus July 24 regarding the conference. After inquiring for more details, we received valuable insight from Christine Cube, NIBS’ social media and PR specialist.

NIBS has a partnership with the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). “Our president, Lakisha A. Woods, serves on the USGBC board of directors,” Cube said. “This is the first time we’ve had a presence on the board of directors; she joined the organization last summer.” NIBS, established by Congress in 1974 and based in the nation’s capital, holds the annual conference in Arlington, Va. The organization aims to bring 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.

NIBS employees have also been working remotely during the pandemic.

“We take the pandemic very seriously,” said Cube. “The health and safety of our team is critical.”

Cube said Building Innovation 2020 would be of interest to workers in the trades for a number of reasons. “The conference will focus on workforce, building resilience, technology, and how COVID affects the built environment.”

The schedule boasts sessions about zero energy, green jobs (opportunities and training), innovative monitoring technology for building enclosures, energy-efficient workforce design, improving construction safety, and modular multifamily housing.

The full schedule can be viewed at this link. Below is a promotional video for the event:

“Our conference is where a broad cross section of the building industry come together to learn and network,” says Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. “Our virtual event will include great opportunities to connect through networking lounges and learn from experts. My team has gone to great lengths to ensure the BI2020 experience would not be diminished.”

BI2020 attendees will be able to earn up to eight AIA-approved CES/HSW credits for full conference attendance.

Keynote presentation highlights include:

  •  3D Printing as a New Paradigm for Affordable, Resilient Housing with Evan Loomis, Co-Founder and Chairman, ICON. In 2018, ICON delivered the first 3D-printed home to receive a building permit in the U.S. Loomis’ presentation will cover how ICON is using robotics, software and advanced materials to bring affordable and dignified housing to people affected by disasters, while solving for a plurality of problems, including homelessness, affordability and resiliency of homes.
  •  How We See Now with Billie Faircloth, Partner, KieranTimberlake. Faircloth leads transdisciplinary research, design, and problem-solving processes across fields including environmental management, urban ecology, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. In this session, Faircloth will discuss resilience through the daily actions and diverse projects of KieranTimberlake.
  •  Improving Construction Safety to Recruit a Stronger and More Diverse Workforce with Nancy Novak, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Datacenters, and Doug Mouton, General Manager, Global Datacenter Procurement and Construction at Microsoft. Presented by the Women Executives in Building Summit, this keynote will explore how the topic of safety in the construction industry and the need for efficiency and better production are closely related. Among the takeaways: How an enduring safety culture creates safe workers and jobsites, and how adopting and enforcing safety practices eliminates project disruptions.

Building Innovation is a premiere event and brings together architects, engineers, code officials, manufacturers, innovators, public and private sector representatives, officials from building and construction, and local, state and government leaders.

BI2020: Virtual Edition will feature 16 sessions, covering topics like zero energy, building performance, design and resilience, mitigation, green jobs, workforce development, and the challenges that COVID-19 brings to the built environment.

The event presenting sponsor is the International Code Council.

The event has received generous support, partnering with a number of agencies and companies, including the International Code Council, Dell Technologies, American Institute of Architects, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Willseal by Tremco, ePIPE Plumbing and Pipe Restoration, SMT Research, and Autodesk.

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