Building Innovation 2021
September 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am - September 29, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
The National Institute of Building Sciences’ (NIBS) ninth annual conference and expo — Building Innovation 2021 — will be held virtually from Sept. 27–29, 2021, on NIBS’ Virtual Platform. This year’s event will bring together building and fire safety experts from across the industry to explore strategies aimed at creating and sustaining high-performance, resilient buildings and communities. For the sixth year in a row, the International Code Council will hold a lead sponsorship role in the Building Innovation conference and there are a wide range of opportunities for Code Council members to gain valuable insights from attending this collaborative online conference.
The Building Innovation 2021 conference program will present 27 sessions and 42 speakers over three information-packed days focusing on technology, resilience, the workplace and the challenges that COVID-19 brings to the built environment.
The Code Council’s Ryan Colker, vice president of innovation and executive director of the Alliance for National & Community Resilience, and Judy Zakreski, vice president of global services, will be involved with panels on Sept. 29, 2021. Colker will present at the Offsite Construction: Addressing Common Community and Building Industry Challenges session, which will address how the industry is adapting to better capture the benefits of off-site and how the industry can best leverage these tools — standards to support building code compliance, approval and evaluation processes, model contracts. and design guidance — to help address multiple industry and community challenges.
Zakreski will moderate the Climate Adaptation, Mitigation, and the Role of Building Codes panel, which also includes Code Council member and chair of the new International Energy Conservation Code Residential Energy Code Consensus Committee JC Hudgison, CBO. The panel discussion will examine how building codes support climate adaptation/hazard mitigation and climate mitigation and how they are evolving as policy goals and risks change. Panelists will share how international code development and research organizations are coming together to share ideas on addressing future climate risk and how energy codes are evolving to help communities and industry leaders achieve widespread zero energy buildings and significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions.