Why Attend

There's no other event that brings together this unique set of individualsgovernment agencies, contractors, the private sector, architects, scientists and moreto improve the built environment. The conference will cover three hot topics in the built environment over three days with expert-led sessions.  Earn AIA-approved CES/HSW credits for conference attendance. Topics include:


NIBS and the American Institute of Architects define resiliency as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. Between the pandemic and a growing number of catastrophic natural disasters, the built environment is at the forefront. Disasters are expensive, but most destruction can be prevented with cost-effective mitigation and advanced planning. New and existing practices must be developed or changed through research, advocacy, and education. A special focus will be placed on ensuring the resilience of the nation’s building stock, covering topics in the built environment relating to resilience due to climate change, natural hazard risks, and sustainability efforts. 



New and advanced technologies rapidly are developed and deployed across the building industry, with major potential shifts in how the industry conducts day-to-day business. In addition to research and development into new technologies, the industry must be prepared for how these technologies will be adopted and utilized. NIBS is working to prepare the industry for new opportunities, as well as promote advanced, efficient, and safe structures. Building Innovation 2020 will showcase these advanced technologies and practices and highlight how the industry can best prepare for their adoption and deployment. 



The building industry faces many workforce challenges, from skills gaps to labor shortages. Today’s building workforce requires unprecedented technological, social, cultural, political, and economic savvy -- all at a time when fewer individuals are entering the trades industry. Through various projects and its councils and committees, NIBS is working to address head-on these challenges. Activities in this space include showcasing career opportunities in the building industry; supporting better credentials and reducing uncertainty in the credentialing space; and, supporting continuing education and retraining opportunities for trades workers. Building Innovation 2020 will highlight this critical challenge for the industry, as well as opportunities for advancing the building workforce to meet 21st century needs. 



Who Attends

The Building Innovation: Virtual Edition has something to offer for anyone who helps develop solutions to challenges in the built environment. Take a look at who has attended in the past. 

Primary BusinessPrimary Job Function:
  • Acoustical Design
  • Analysis/Advising
  • Architecture
  • BIM/CAD Design
  • Building Enclosure Design
  • Civil Engineering
  • Code Enforcement
  • Commissioning
  • Construction/Installation
  • Energy/Sustainability Management
  • Facility Operations and Maintenance
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Instruction
  • Interior Design
  • Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Planning
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Public Relations
  • Research/Testing
  • Sales
  • Security/Risk Assessment
  • Software/Website Design and Programming
  • Specification/Guidelines Writer
  • Structural Engineering



What's Included

Conference registration includes access to all keynotes, three days of conference programming, and more.

All registration fees will be used to support the cost of the virtual technology for Building Innovation 2020, and the National Institute of Building Sciences 501(c)3 non-profit mission to serve the public interest by advancing building science and technology to improve the built environment.


Pay What You Can
Access to all keynotes
Two days of conference programming
Education sessions with expert presenters
Continuing education credits
Live Q&A
Networking Virtual Happy Hours