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The B&C Market’s New Adhesive & Sealant Web Resource for Manufacturers, Design Professionals, Specifiers and Installing Contractors; Conference Updates; NIBS Update

Posted on 10/7/2020 11:52:06 AM By Paul Bertram
  

Picking up on my previous blogs that referenced the ASC Grow the Vertical North American Building and Construction Research Study: ‘Voice of the Customer’ Research and the specific focus on vertical walls; ASC has created a great reference document for manufacturers, design professionals, specifiers and installing contractors here: https://www.adhesives.org/markets/building-construction/vertical-walls-b-c

This new reference is segmented into two sections; onefor adhesives and sealantsand one for Self-Adhering Flashing Tapes and Liquid Applied Flashing. Both segments provide reference for industry testing standards, specifications, and best practices. There are also links to videos, and related articles.

Specific references for weather resistant barriers (WRBs)include: sustainability & service life prediction, education training, market information, and white papers.

Other market areas that are featured include: Aerosol Foam Sealants, Glazing Systems  and related accessories.

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The impact of COVID19

Because of COVID 19 social distancing restrictions have impacted many well-known conferences have gone to virtual learning formats this year. I would like to highlight a few relevant virtualevents and advocacy efforts that are opportunities for the adhesive and sealants industries.

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Innovation Conference had two full days of presentations and online networking July 18th/19th.

To begin this virtual conference, the keynote speaker was from ICON. Co-Founder and Chairman, Evan Loomiswho delivered a presentation on the first 3D-printed home to receive a building permit in the U.S. He demonstrated how ICON is using robotics, software and advanced concrete materials to bring affordable and dignified housing to people affected by disasters, while solving for a plurality of problems, including homelessness, affordability and resiliency of homes.

While this was not my first introduction to 3D concrete printing, I found the possibilities of this technology to be adaptive in addressing many of the increasing challenges related to extreme weather challenges.  Opportunities for ASC members to partner with ICON includes their need for team members with expertise in building science functional performance that includes the Thermal envelope and Resiliency. I encourage follow up on this opportunity.

ICON’s Vulcan 3D printer comes with an integrated tablet-based operating system for controlling every aspect of print operation via an intuitive, simple, and beautiful user interface.

“Technological progress requires above all tolerance toward the unfamiliar and the eccentric.” — Joel Mokyr, The Lever of Riches

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Another Building Innovation session that I found of interest was “How to Pay for Mitigation”.

The session on “How to Pay for Mitigation”was moderated by Carl Hedde, Chaiman of NIBS, and has a background in reinsurance, catastrophe management, and risk accumulation.  He spoke about how AI (artificial Intelligence) is being utilized inconducting building science resilient research accessing who benefits from mitigation. Perspectives from property owners, community level tax credits, and rebates for exceeding code were discussed as supporting insurance principles of spreading costs across multiple entities.

Mr. Lakhia, the Director of Hazard Mitigation at the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) addressed several FEMA programs including Disaster Recovery Help for Homeowners and Renters, and Forbearance programs including COVID19 impacts, fire, flood, storm, or other disaster within a FEMA-declared zone. The FEMA BRIC program (Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities) guiding principles support communities through capability and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency. 

ASC advocacy may find expanded opportunities by connecting with FEMA and DHS by partnering with NIBS regarding these programs from a mitigation strategy or reconstruction.

Mr. Hernadez of Fannie Mae spoke about Green and Healthy Financing Solutions

The Fannie Mae Green Financing Business provides mortgage financing to apartment buildings and cooperatives to finance energy and water efficiency property improvements.

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Sean Kevelighan is President and CEO of the Insurance Information Institute  and discussed how Triple-I has become the trusted source of unique, data-driven insights on insurance to inform and empower consumers.  Serving consumers, media and professionals seeking insurance information.


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The Triple-I Resilience Accelerator was launched to reduce the impact of extreme weather events on households and communities through insurance. The Resilience Accelerator is creating a new paradigm for socializing resilience by making data transparent and insightful. Organizations and individuals can choose the most effective strategies for driving risk mitigation and resilience best practices.

Creating awareness of costly and potentially deadly extreme weather events is essential but converting this knowledge into action demands real solutions in the form of ready-for-market products and technologies. Working with partners, the Triple-I uses data analytics to create tools that empower consumers, businesses, and governments to build more resilient communities before catastrophic damage happens – and to speed up the pace of recovery. 

Multifamily Modular Housing as an affordable Supply Strategy.

One last presentation that I found of interest was Libby O’Neil’s presentation on Multifamily Modular Housing.

Libby primarily focused on the growing need for Multifamily Housing and cited several publications such as the Harvard Study – AMERICA’S RENTAL HOUSING 2020

Libby also referenced the Fannie Mae Multifamily Modular Construction Toolkit  Tool Kit was created to create a starting point and provides important resources for lenders, developers, and stakeholders interested in pursuing multifamily modular construction. The NIBS Off-Site Construction Council was a contributing resource for this publication.

Another opportunity for ASC and its members to be engaged with NIBS by providing building science solutions specific to Modular Housing and Off-Site Constructions.

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OTHER Relevant News from NIBS

NIBS Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council (MMC) August 2020 report on “A ROADMAP TO RESILIENCE INCENTIVATION”

This document released by the NIBS The Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council (MMC)  in August 2020, proposes to develop and demonstrate a set of public and private incentives to owners of buildings and other infrastructure to facilitate the upgrade of existing infrastructure and better design of new infrastructure. This document summarizes a concrete set of complementary incentives that reduce the owner’s cost to make new and existing infrastructure more disaster resilient. Incentives include mortgage discounts, insurance premium discounts, tax incentives, grants, and other inducements.

NIBS BETEC (Building Enclosure Technology Environment Council) and the BECs (Building Enclosure Councils)

More than 3,000 affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and others with an interest in building enclosures participate in Building Enclosure Councils (BECs) around the country.

BEC National had a leaders online meeting August 4th and discussed how COVID19 had impacted BEC participation. Not to be surprised there were varying reports that ranged from not much was happening to the transition to Virtual meetings and education events. Many of the ASC members have local BEC representation with this council.I encourage ASC member participation, especially in contributing to education programs related to building science enclosure solutions.

AIA BPKC

At the conclusion of the individual BEC reports a brief presentation was made regarding AIA’s increased focus on Building Enclosure Science throughthe creation of the Building Performance (BPKC). The BPKC knowledge community is interfacing with other AIA Knowledge Communities such as: COTE to better understand the design importance to building science enclosure. The mission of the BPKC is to increase building performance related to occupant comfort and health; and to the function, durability, sustainability, and resilience of buildings.

All of these programs have potential funding for mitigation (Building Science) and reconstruction programs that include sealant and adhesives and are opportunities certainly worth exploring.