Resilient-construction investments warrant first, life cycle cost sharing

Without referencing specific materials, a new National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) report offers proposals that could reveal how portland cement-based products outshine alternatives in building and infrastructure. A Roadmap to Resilience Incentivization builds an economic and stakeholder equity case for robust construction methods, informed by a prior NIBS report’s compelling payback math—$1 invested equals $5 saved—for building above code…

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Concrete printing specialist to keynote Building Sciences conference

Sources: National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Building Sciences has replaced its planned Washington, D.C. conference this summer with Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition, billing the August 18-19 program as “a powerfully compact event, focusing on technology, workforce, resilience and Covid-19.”

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Hazard mitigation study paints outsized ROI for I-Codes compliance

Sources: National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new National Institute of Building Sciences report highlights the significant savings realized from implementing mitigation strategies in terms of safety, property loss prevention, and day-to-day life disruption. The project team behind the Interim Report on the Value of Mitigation weighs the benefits of designing homes and buildings to meet the 2018 International Residential and International Building Codes versus the prior generation of codes reflecting 1990s-era practice and National Flood Insurance Program requirements. 

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