Alexandria, Va.-based Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) recently announced the formation of the Building Product Manufacturers Alliance (BPMA), a new group that will bring together leading manufacturers to share knowledge that will reshape and enhance the future of the building industry. BPMA will help its members improve their products and services and strengthen their outreach to the entire building industry by providing a forum to discuss common issues and challenges and to share best practices.

BPMA's inaugural meeting is scheduled for March 3-5, at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Global Learning Center in Atlanta. Featured speakers include James Cramer, Hon. AIA, co-founder of the Design Futures Council, editor of the Almanac of Architecture & Design, and chairman and principal of The Greenway Group, Inc., Atlanta, and Charles Eastman, a professor in Georgia Tech's College of Architecture and College of Computing and co-author of “BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors.” The conference will include sessions on Georgia Tech's research initiatives, Building Information Modeling (BIM), sustainable construction, trends in building construction, and critical issues facing building product manufacturers. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit www.csinet.org/bpma.