BI2021 Resilience Sessions to Cover Infrastructure, Building Codes, Climate Injustice and Sustainability

The NIBS virtual meeting will feature nearly 30 sessions over three days

(WASHINGTON, DC, August 26, 2021) – Resilience will take on many forms during the Building Innovation 2021: Virtual Edition meeting of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

BI2021 takes place September 27-29, 2021. The NIBS annual meeting allows everyone who impacts the built environment to discuss challenges and find solutions. In addition to resilience, BI2021 will include two other tracks: workplace and technology.

“Resiliency is what we all strive for in the built environment,” said Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. “BI2021 attendees will have a front row seat to innovative solutions around resilience, health and sustainability.”

Resilience session highlights include:

  • Addressing Climate Injustice: Building Our Way to Equitable, Sustainable and Resilient Communities – Regina Gray and Kevin Bush, Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Resiliency Challenges for Our Facilities and Critical Infrastructure – Robert Knoedler, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
  • Building Codes Save: FEMA’s Nationwide Building Code Losses Avoided Study Panel – Jonathan Westcott, FEMA, and Dr. Shane Parson, AECOM
  • Accelerating Climate Change Solutions and Action Through Museums – Sarah Sutton, Environment and Culture Partners, and Edmund Novy, Alamo Group Inc.
  • Resilience, Functional Recovery, Sustainability – What Are They & What Do They Mean to the Structural Engineering Profession? – Don Scott, PCS Structural Solutions; Kevin Moore, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.; and Ricardo Medina, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • How to Build Without the Guilt – Monika Serrano and Julia Gisewite, Turner Construction Company
  • Making Businesses and Homes More Resilient with the SBA, IBHS and the Insurance Information Institute – Alejandro Contreras, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Disaster Assistance

Building Innovation keynote speakers will include Renee Cheng, Dean, University of Washington College of Built Environments; Edward Mazria, FAIA, Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030; Daniel Kaniewski, Managing Director, Public Sector, Marsh McLennan Advantage; Jamie Gentoso, P.E., MBA, Global Head of Solutions & Products Business Unit, Holcim; and Thomas W. Smith, III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE, Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers.

Members of the media are invited to attend Building Innovation 2021. For more information, email Email Contact.

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

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