National Institute of Building Sciences and AIA Strengthen Focus on Building Enclosures with Memorandum of Agreement
May 20, 2011

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on May 18 in support of existing Building Enclosure Councils (BECs) and the development of new ones in cities across the United States. According to a release issued by NIBS, BECs are a network of affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and other professionals located in major cities around the country. The councils provide a forum for the construction industry to address building enclosures—the exterior systems of buildings that play a critical role in building performance and energy efficiency.

“The building enclosure is a key element when it comes to achieving high-performance buildings, especially when it comes to reducing energy bills and ensuring the safety and security of building occupants,” says National Institute of Building Sciences chairman Jim W. Sealy, FAIA, following the signing. “The Institute is pleased to continue working with AIA and its members to improve the performance of building enclosures and provide a forum to share best practices with practitioners.”

The Institute, through its Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC), and the AIA established the initiative in 2004 to offer industry professionals an opportunity to exchange valuable information relating to successful building enclosure design through meetings and sharing of resources. BECs are now active in 25 cities nationwide.

“The AIA is committed to providing access to the tools, resources, knowledge and professional collaborations that will better prepare AIA members to meet the ever evolving challenges of high-performance design and construction and the requirements of high-performance building codes like those in the current draft of the forthcoming International Green Construction Code (IgCC),” says AIA EVP/chief executive officer, Robert Ivy, FAIA. “The BECs represent a powerful building science knowledge resource that is critical if architects, as a profession, are to succeed at working collaboratively to design and construct truly high-performing buildings.”


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