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Building Innovation 2017 Conference & Expo

Students interested in attending Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, January 9-12, 2017, 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 2017 is set to deliver an engaging program that will focus on Collaborating for a High-Performing Future. Plan to be there where Science meets Design® when industry professionals involved in planning, designing, procuring, constructing, operating, maintaining and retiring physical facilities will come together to develop 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 Two: Tuesday, January 10

·         Designing for a Changing Climate

·         Collaborating through Effective Teams

·         Resilient, Energy-Efficient Communities

·         Introducing the National BIM Guide for Owners

·         Navigating the Future of the Industry through Research and Industrialization

·         Preparing the High-Performance Workforce

Day Three: Wednesday, January 11

·         Designing and Managing Facilities for Occupant Needs

·         Collaborative Design for Health

·         Creating World-Class, Resilient Medical Facilities

·         Healthcare Facility Life-Cycle Planning and Financing

Day Four: Thursday, January 12

·         Keys to Creating Resilient Communities

·         Utilizing Information Technology for Better Building Performance

·         Managing and Securing Facility Information and Systems

·         Incentivizing High-Performance Buildings and Communities

·         Setting the Foundation for Resilience through Building Codes

·         Achieving High Performance through Innovation

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; the Thursday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast; and the Thursday Beyond Green™ Awards Luncheon, where the 2016 recipients will present their award-winning projects. (Volunteers also are welcome to attend Day One: Monday 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 [log in to unmask], subject line: “I want to volunteer.” Volunteer requests are due no later than Friday, December 9, 2016.

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 9, 2016, 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 2017.


About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

An Authoritative Source of Innovative Solutions for the Built Environment