Paper connects green infrastructure, health and resiliency

Green Roofs for Healthy CitiiesGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities has published a research paper, “Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities” that discusses the connections between green infrastructure, health and community resiliency. The paper reviews a growing body of literature which illustrates that how we design buildings and communities has profound consequences for our health and happiness.

The paper is part of Grey to Green, A Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure – Designing for Health on August 25th-26th, 2014 in Toronto. The Conference will discuss design and policy practices, and will include more than 75 leading thinkers and doers at the intersection of health and living green infrastructure. The multi-disciplinary program will cover project case studies, useful design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research.

Workshop to Focus on Building Science Education in North America

Natl Inst of Building ScienceStudents, professors and lecturers of building science, as well as practicing architects, engineers and risk management professionals interested in building science education, should attend an upcoming workshop from ASTM International and the National Institute of Building Sciences. The ASTM/NIBS Workshop on Building Science Education in North America will be held April 6 at the Sheraton Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Sponsored by ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings; ASTM Subcommittees E06.55 on Performance of Building Enclosures and E06.41 on Air Leakage and Ventilation Performance; the ASTM Built Environment Advisory Council; the National Institute of Building Sciences; and the Joint Committee on Building Science Education, the workshop will provide an overview of building science education as it currently exists in North America. The one-day event will offer a critical review of graduate-level curricula currently available in building science and how that curricula can be further developed and refined to more effectively educate architects, engineers and construction professionals.

Speakers who are recognized as subject-matter experts in Building Science education, training and curriculum development—representing universities in Canada and the United States—will make presentations.

The workshop will conclude with an appraisal of the ASTM/NIBS Building Enclosure Certification and Training Program currently under development, which offers a new opportunity for professional development, certification and career advancement in architecture and engineering. Talks will address how that curriculum can be developed to align with curricula at Canadian and American colleges and universities to satisfy the certification requirements being developed.

View the list of speakers lined up for the event.

Registration is $110 USD online and $135 USD onsite. (ASTM members receive a $25 discount.) Presenters and students with a valid ID get in free. Online registration closes April 2. Register now.

For additional technical information, contact the workshop chairman, Daniel Lemieux.

ENR Construction Summit to explore globalization June 6-7 in NYC

engineering-news-recordEngineering News-Record (ENR) will bring together leaders from the major construction markets around the world for the Global Construction Summit 2013, to be held June 6-7 in New York. Approximately 300 design and construction professionals are expected to gather and hear global thought leaders share insights on growth opportunities and solutions to the most pressing global industry challenges.

The Summit will begin with a global economic outlook and explore topics including supply chain management, procurement, how owners build teams for global projects, digital-age cities, and smarter growth.

The event’s agenda includes keynote addresses by four industry leaders:

  • Paul Sheard, Executive Managing Director/Chief Global Economist & Head of Global Economics and Research at Standard & Poor’s, will provide attendees with a global economic outlook for the construction industry.
  • Ronald M. DeFeo, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Terex Corporation, will share his insights on Terex’s success in emerging markets, offer best practices for global supply chain strategy, and share ideas on global construction work in the near future.
  • Lee A. McIntire, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, CH2M Hill, will explore reasons for a business to expand internationally, and the opportunities and risks associated with going global.
  • Graham D. Robinson, Executive Director, Global Construction Perspectives, will examine how regional construction markets around the world are likely to grow during the period to 2025 and identify opportunities for those seeking long-term growth markets.
  • Additional speakers include representatives from AECOM; AMEC; Arup; Atkins; Bentley Systems, Inc.; Chevron Corporation; Cisco; the digit group, inc.; DuPont; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; FMI Capital Advisors, Inc.; Heller Manus; Hines India; KBR, Inc.; Orascom Construction Industries; Parsons Brinckerhoff; Procter & Gamble; Stanford University; Samsung Construction & Trading Corporation, United Rentals; and Virginia Tech.

The ENR Global Construction Summit also includes a celebration dinner, sponsored by CMiC, presenting the new ENR Global Best Projects Awards. The Awards, which focus on the challenges, risks and rewards of designing and constructing outside a firm’s home country, will be announced in 20 categories ranging from airports to education, as selected by an independent jury of industry leaders in design and construction. The winners will be featured by ENR.

The Global Summit’s Silver Sponsors are Acumen; AECOM; B4 Consulting; Bentley Systems, Inc.; Bluebeam; CMiC; EarthCam; and Oracle. The Society for Marketing Professional Services and U.S. Green Building Council are Supporting Sponsors.

In recent years, McGraw Hill Construction has expanded its global footprint beyond critical conferences, offering international project details through the Company’s Dodge Global Network, and through its construction SmartMarket Reports that feature key research on sustainability in global markets. For more information, go to

To register or learn more about McGraw Hill Construction events, visit

BEST 4 Technical Committee Calls for Papers

Natl Inst of Building ScienceThe Technical Committee of the fourth Building Enclosure Science and Technology Conference (BEST4) is now accepting abstracts of potential papers to be considered for presentation at the event.

Hosted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council of Kansas City (BEC-Kansas City), BEST4 will be held April 12-15, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. The conference will address critical issues related to the performance of the building enclosure, in conjunction with whole building performance.

With the theme, “Performance-Driven Architectural Design,” BEST4 serves to enhance attendees’ understanding of critical design changes and provide a forum for discussion of unresolved issues.

Suggested Topics
Potential speakers are requested to submit a paper and share their experience with others. The following list is indicative of the topics the Technical Committee is encouraging potential speakers to consider for submission:

  1. Strategies and technologies needed to meet whole house savings of 50%.
  2. Efficient thermal upgrade of existing building envelopes.
  3. Innovative materials and systems, high-performance insulations.
  4. Thermal performance of assemblies under field conditions (thermal bridges and phase-change materials).
  5. Predicting and testing to ensure the performance of the building enclosure (BE).
  6. Commissioning and quality management in design and construction of the BE.
  7. Hygrothermal performance of the BE under service conditions.
  8. Thermal upgrade of existing buildings.
  9. Energy efficiency, lighting and other aspects of small building performance.
  10. High performance and dynamic building enclosures for large buildings.
  11. Reflective assemblies, exterior continuous thermal insulation systems, and advanced insulation concepts.
  12. Durability of masonry structures and plasters, the effect of water on durability.
  13. Control of indoor environment, air tightness, the effect of air flow on building performance.
  14. Glazing and fenestration.
  15. Measured house performance as compared to design.

Submission Guidelines
In their abstracts, potential speakers should address new or existing building issues they consider important. Abstract must be 300 to 500 words in length. Presenters should prepare the abstract using MSWord 2003 – 2007, and email it, along with their author contact information and affiliation, to the Technical Committee via email, as well as upload it to ProposalSpace. Abstracts may be submitted any time before August 1, 2013.

Program Timeline
If selected, presenters must agree to meet the following program timeline:

August 1, 2013 — Abstracts are due to Technical Committee
October 15, 2013 — Technical Committee notification of abstract acceptance
January 15, 2014 — Send draft of paper to Technical Committee for review
May 30, 2014 — Technical Committee sends review comments to authors
November 1, 2014 — Final paper due date
January 15, 2015 — PowerPoint Presentation due date

Abstracts for all of the papers to be presented at BEST4 will be included in a book of Conference Proceedings, which will be available to registered participants. Select conference papers, after a successful peer review, will be considered for publication in several industry journals. Members of the Technical Committee are available to answer questions about abstracts and papers. The BEST4 Technical Committee includes: Mark Bomberg, PhD, PE (Chair); David Yarbrough, PhD, PE (Co-Chair); and Jan Kosny, PhD (Co-Chair).

Download the BEST4 Abstract Template.

View the BEST Conference Manuscript Preparation Guidelines.