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.