Winter Conference Schedule

Resilience Planning in Design & Construction

Our climate is changing. Storms are becoming more frequent and fierce. Heat waves are lasting longer; the seas are rising; drought is more commonplace; and wildfires are becoming more intense. At the same time, forward-looking companies, organizations, agencies, and individuals recognize that resilient building design is vital to our future. The Design & Build Conference is offering AIBD’s first national gathering of building industry professionals focused exclusively on how to create more resilient buildings. Become a facilitator for change by attending performance-focused working sessions, rubbing elbows with the experts, and going forward to advance the agenda of resilient design.

Sponsored by:

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2020 Winter Conference Schedule

Unless noted otherwise, all events are held at the Greer Lowdermilk Conference Center, 4225 Interwood N Parkway, Houston, Texas 77032


February 27, 2020

8:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. ~ 9:00 a.m. Networking & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m.

Meet @ the Greer Lowdermilk Conference Center, to board the shuttle (parking is free)

(3.0 E-CE)

Transportation is provided

D & B Field Trip (

Join us for a tour of Ecocast Homes, a manufacturing plant of precast concrete modular systems, and a beautifully completed four-bedroom, six-thousand foot, custom home built using insulated concrete forms.

Learn to design homes to be built quickly, more resiliently, and still be aesthetically pleasing and style specific. Discover the reasons why concrete is an ideal choice for homeowners, designers, and builders. Whether you’re creating a one-off custom home or a community of builder models, see first hand how you can incorporate modular concrete panels and ICFs into your designs.

12:30 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. 

(1.0 E-CE)

Lunch-and-Learn Presentation – As a continuation of the D&B Field Trip, the owner/builder of the custom home featured on the tour will be sharing about his adventures building a resilient home using the BuildBlock insulated concrete forms.

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2:15 p.m. ~ 3:45 p.m.

(1.5 E-CE)

D & B Cafe – After the Storm: Lessons Learned About Building For High Wind Resistance 

By Karyn Beebe, PE, LEED AP, Regional Manager, APA – The Engineered Wood Association

Become a part of the discussion about the forces of high wind, the importance of a continuous load path, and how good design and construction practices can improve the storm resistance of buildings. How are you paying attention to connection details? Learn more about APA’s above-code recommendations for wind-resistant building, as well as lateral load concepts. Leave the session able to cost-effectivelyAf design a safer home and reduce potential storm damage.

4:00 p.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. D&B Happy Hour (and trade show) –

  • Guest of Honor, HomeAid Houston
  • 50/50 fundraiser
  • Local professionals’ meet & greet
  • Sponsor & exhibitor networking
  • Hors-d’oeuvres & open bar (Beer & Wine)
  • Door prizes & more!


February 28, 2020

8:00 a.m. ~ 3:30 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. ~ 8:45 a.m. Networking & Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. ~ 9:45 a.m.

(1.0 P-CE)

Educational Session – Integrating Resiliency Into The Design.

By Robert Klob, Robert Klob Designs, Inc.

Devastating storms, fires, and floods have been a mainstay in the news for the past several years. How do some homes withstand the wrath of mother nature, while others don’t? See examples of high-quality design, combined with different levels of resiliency using wood, masonry, and concrete, plus learn where to find resources and guidelines needed to execute a safe home properly.

10:00 a.m. ~ 11:00 p.m.

(1.0 P-CE)

Educational Session – Important Things To Know About The IECC-Residential

By Steve Stelzer, AIA, LEED AP, TRUE Advisor, ICC CSP, Green Building Resource Center, The City of Houston

You’re probably aware of Chapter 11 of the International Residential Code, but are you using it and using it correctly? In this session, the essential provisions of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, both addressing sustainability and resiliency, will be highlighted. Why care about the IECC? If it’s not enforced in your area, it will be soon. Already be aware of the mandatory provisions, such as how to correctly illustrate a thermal barrier on your working drawings. Also, Mr. Stelzer will share things that aren’t necessarily required but are best practice, especially when it comes to getting the permit issued. For example, how to the right materials to make your wall assembly more resistant to moister and how to coordinate your drawings with the base flood elevation.

11:15 a.m. ~ 12:15 p.m.

(1.0 P-CE)

Educational Session – What Makes A Building FORTIFIED? 

By Alexandra Cary, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

FORTIFIED is a superior building standards program that uses scientific research to make residential and commercial construction better withstand severe weather. Gain access to guidelines, checklists, technical bulletins, retrofits, and construction details. Go back to your office with an overview of both the FORTIFIED HOME, and FORTIFIED COMMERCIAL, standards, how to use third-party evaluators to assess your designs, and how to become an evaluator, yourself. Give your clients an added layer of protection by knowing and incorporating these standards into your home designs.

12:15 p.m. ~ 1:45 p.m.

(1.0 E-CE)

Lunch-and-Learn Presentation – 

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2:00 p.m. ~ 3:00 p.m.

(1.0 P-CE)

Educational Session – Weathering The Storm, Lessons Learned

By Alexandra Cary, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

IBHS has conducted several damage investigations following major hurricanes to assess building performance across different wind speed zones, exposures, and construction eras. All data are georeferenced and focus on details such as terrain exposure, elevation and roof structures, finishes, openings and opening protection, attached structures, and damage to these building systems. Learn about the significant findings from their post-disaster investigations and research, particularly specific building codes that have significantly improved the performance of houses during a storm.

3:15 p.m. ~ 4:15 p.m.

(1.0 P-CE)

Educational Session – Insulated Concrete Forms For Multi-Family Residential Construction

By By Robert Klob, Robert Klob Designs, Inc., representing the National Ready-mix Concrete Association, Build With Strength

ICFs provide ideal solutions for apartments, townhouses, condos, hotels, dormitories, and assisted living facilities. Be able to minimize the cost of ICF concrete construction and take full advantage of the benefits, such as fire resistance, noise reduction, and other important features when designing multi-family buildings. Also, review the NRMCA’s Build With Strength program and how it can benefit design professionals, contractors, and developers.

4:15 p.m. ~ 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks & Recognition
4:30 p.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. 2020 Building Design Awards Reception

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