Instructions for Presenters

The Building Enclosure Council of Iowa holds bi-monthly public meetings.  At these meetings, members and guests share highly relevant information and innovative ideas on design and construction practices, research, and case studies.  We encourage presentations from members, invited speakers, or others who share our mission in advancing building enclosure performance.  A wide range of topics pertaining to building enclosures or general building science may be submitted for approval.

Benefits to presenting include networking with influential and engaging professionals in Iowa’s building enclosure community, including designers, contractors, engineers, specialty consultants, manufacturer representatives, building officials, and facility managers.

The following guidelines serve to ensure that presentations adhere to a high standard while offering engaging, relevant topics.

Monthly Meetings
The Building Enclosure Council of Iowa generally meets on the third Friday of the month at 9:00-10:30 AM.  Unless an alternative venue is selected, our regular meetings take place at the Oran Pape Building:

215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa

A remote option is available for those who are unable to attend in person.

How to volunteer as a speaker/presenter
Suggest a proposed topic to the BEC-Iowa chair at least 60 days prior to the presentation date.

Submissions
Approved presentations are announced as soon as possible.  Please provide the following information at least thirty days prior to the scheduled presentation:

  1. Title of presentation
  2. Presenter name(s), professional title, company/organization, phone number, email
  3. Short bio for each presenter
  4. Abstract/Summary of presentation
  5. Topic photograph or illustration
  6. Photograph of presenter(s)
  7. PDF version of the presentation for review and approval by the BEC-Iowa board.

Available Equipment
The Oran Pape Building is a professional venue with an array of high-quality presentation equipment and supplies.  Contact us to discuss specific equipment needs.

Presentation Format
Our monthly meetings generally consist of a half hour of business, followed by an hour of technical presentation/discussion. You may format your presentations however you like.

Resources
Presenters are encouraged to provide handouts, such as slideshow printouts, related articles, or material samples.  Our attendance varies, but when offering handouts please plan for a minimum of 15 attendees.  Links to electronic media can be posted with the event announcement on the BEC-Iowa website.  Presenters are responsible for providing reliable links to these resources.

Product Vendors / Manufacturers
Vendors and Manufacturers are welcome to present, but please honor our requirements for product-neutral presentations with high technical merit.  There is ample opportunity to network both before and after the meeting should you wish to discuss your particular product line.

All presentations shall abide by the presentation program requirements as outlined in the AIA/CES standards for HSW and Sustainable Design Credits.

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