The National Institute of Building Sciences is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 in the United States. We are strictly following the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization. Our chief concern has been and always will be the health and safety of our attendees, staff, and members.

As of March 13, the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus still is low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase.

According to the CDC, different parts of the country are seeing varying levels of COVID-19 activity. Nationally, the country is in the initiation phases, but states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. 

CDC and state and local public health laboratories are testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. View the CDC’s laboratory testing map:

NIBS encourages people to take routine health precautions like covering your mouth when sneezing and frequently washing your hands. To view the ongoing situation, visit the CDC site on the coronavirus disease. There, you’ll find information about how it spreads, prevention and treatment, U.S. cases, and a situation summary. You also can find information on the WHO site on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

When does the conference start?

The conference kicks off with a welcome reception at 5pm on Sunday, August 16, 2020. For details on conference events and sessions, visit the schedule page.

Is Building Innovation 2020 still happening?

Yes! NIBS has moved Building Innovation to Aug. 16-19. Our top priority is the safety and health of our members, attendees, and staff. We look forward to seeing you in August.

I may not be able to attend Building Innovation 2020. Do you have a cancellation policy?

NIBS will allow cancellation of registration without penalty to those who previously registered for BI2020’s April dates and can not make the new August dates. Contact for more information or to request a cancellation.

I am concerned about traveling to Washington, DC. Can I get a refund on my registration fee?

If you are from a country with a government-mandated travel restriction, we will refund your registration fee. If you cannot attend Building Innovation because of the date change to August 16-19, we will refund your conference registration fee.

I've paid for the conference, but have decided I am not going to attend. Can I get the virtual pass?

At this time, we do not offer virtual passes to attend Building Innovation 2020. However, we do plan to stream the keynote breakfast and lunch sessions through Facebook Live.

I have a medical emergency/other health issue that prevents me from traveling. Can I get a refund on my registration fee?

If you have a medical emergency or other health issue (example: pregnancy) that keeps you from traveling, we will consider your request on a case-by-case basis.

Is NIBS planning to take any precautionary measures to provide a safe and healthy environment for conference attendees?

Yes, we take this health situation -- and others like it – extremely seriously. NIBS intends to follow government directives and recommendations as they relate to the coronavirus. The hotel is very closely monitoring the developments each day. They have additional hand sanitizing stations in public spaces, housekeeping is focusing on all “high touch areas” such as buttons, door knobs, telephones, etc., and all of their chemicals are recommended by their vendor to destroy Coronavirus and other transmittal diseases.


If you are interested in the inner workings of the built environment, this conference is for you. Building Innovation was designed to convene representatives of government, the building industry, labor and consumer interests, and regulatory agencies. The aim was to identify and resolve problems and potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the country. Details about 2019 attendees can be found below.

Primary Business:
  • Architecture
  • Building Construction
  • Building Materials/Products Manufacturing
  • Building Owner/Manager
  • Codes & Standards Organization
  • Consumer & General Interest
  • Contractor/Consulting
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Federal Government
  • Housing Industry
  • Real Estate/Finance/Insurance
  • Research/Testing
  • Software/Technology
  • State/Local Government
  • Student


Primary 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

Sponsorship opportunities are available at You can also download the full sponsorship prospectus and space application here.


Sarah Swango
Director of Business Development

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) produces this event. To find out more more about NIBS, or to become a member, visit

The conference kicks off with a welcome reception at 5pm on August 16, 2020. For details on conference events and sessions, visit the schedule page.

Registration options for members, non-members and students are available on the pricing page.