MSR Winter

Attendees at the MSR

    Tackle Your Toughest
    Project Challenges

      February 1 - 3, 2023
      Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
      Fort Myers, Florida

The Master Specifier's Retreat (MSR) is a two-day, immersive experience that places architects, specifiers, engineers, and contractors at the forefront of building product innovation.

Renew and Restore: The Legacy We Leave

Buzzwords like “sustainability” and “net zero” may come and go, but the need for a healthier built environment is here to stay. Today’s project teams need to ensure that their builds renew and restore resources, while making a positive impact on society. This Master Specifiers Retreat (MSR) connects you with experts who will share innovative approaches and solutions, while challenging you to exercise environmental stewardship.



Wednesday, February 1

5:30 - 7:00 PM  |  Welcome Reception


Thursday, February 2

7:30 - 8:30 AM  |  Welcome Breakfast

+ 8:30 - 9:45 AM  |  Opening General Session

Decarbonizing the Built Environment—the Role of Data and Standards

Anil Sawhney, Ph.D. PMP, FRICS, FHEA: Infrastructure Sector Director, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Decarbonizing the built environment is imperative to address the climate crisis, as the sector generates 47% of global CO2 emissions annually. The operation of existing built assets is responsible for 27% of these emissions, while construction materials, products, on-site operations, and other construction industry-related emissions account for an additional 20%.

The business-as-usual approach cannot continue, and as stewards of construction information, we must deploy our expertise to decarbonize cost-effectively. Using the ICMS standard as a backdrop, this session explores the role of data and information management in calculating the whole life carbon of built assets. ICMS provides an integrated taxonomy for life cycle costs and carbon emissions. ICMS can allow project teams to evaluate various carbon-reducing alternatives for new and existing built assets when connected with design workflows. In this session, we will discuss the role of data and standards in decarbonization.  

Learning objectives:

  • The importance of decarbonization for the built environment sector.
  • Integrating the decarbonization workflow with design and cost workflows so that data is shared and information exchange requirements are met.
  • What is missing from the digital (BIM, CDE, QTO tools, etc.) toolkit?
  • What are some of the upcoming carbon-related regulations and their implications on our sector (e.g., SEC ESG reporting requirements, NYC Local Law 97, etc.)?
  • How will the recent developments, especially in the US, the Inflation Reduction Act, help with our decarbonization efforts?

9:45 - 10 AM  |  Morning Coffee Break

10 AM - 12:15 PM  |  Knowledge Exchange #1-4

12:15 - 1:15 PM  |  Networking Lunch

1:30 - 3:10 PM  |  Knowledge Exchange #5-7

3:15 - 3:45 PM  |  Afternoon Coffee Break

3:50 - 4:55 PM  |  Knowledge Exchange #7-8

4:55 - 6 PM  |  Attendee Free Time

6 - 8 PM  |  Cocktail Reception & Dinner


Friday, February 3

7:30 - 8:30 AM  |  Breakfast

+ 8:30 - 9:30 AM  |  Education Session

Ending Veteran Homelessness 240 Square Feet at a Time

Bryan Meyer: CEO & Co-Founder of Veterans Community Project

Solving the pandemic of Veteran homelessness starts with a simple idea. Communities across the United States lack adequate physical infrastructure to address the issue. Shelters and transitional housing or "halfway houses" do not work. Homeless Veterans simply need a place of their own to live.  

Founded in Kansas City, MO, in 2016 by Combat Veterans, Veterans Community Project (VCP) is an innovative housing program that utilizes communities of tiny homes and on-site case management to give Veterans a place of their own while addressing the underlying issues of homelessness and ultimately transition Veterans back to self-sufficiency. In contrast to traditional homeless services, a tiny home provides the Veteran with privacy, a sense of security, and the ability to reintegrate at a comfortable pace.  

Construction is the key to ending Veteran homelessness. The collaboration and expertise of builders, architects, contractors, and designers are more essential to ending Veteran homelessness than any social service agency.  

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the shortcomings of the current infrastructure cities use to address Veteran homelessness.  
  • Learn what a “Trauma-Informed Tiny Home Community” is and why they are effective. 
  • Recognize the value of professional expertise in our mission to end Veteran homelessness.  
  • How can you join the mission, "community" is central to our name for a reason.

9:35 - 10:05 AM  |  Knowledge Exchange #9

10:05 AM - 10:20 PM  |  Morning Coffee Break

10:20 AM - 12 PM  |  Knowledge Exchange #10-12

12 - 1 PM  |  Networking Lunch

1:05 - 2:10 PM  |  Knowledge Exchange #13-14

2:15 - 2:45 PM  |  Afternoon Coffee Break

2:50 - 2:55 PM  |  Knowledge Exchange #15-16

4 - 5:30 PM  |  Attendee Free Time

4 - 5:30 PM  |  Business Break & Tear Down

5:30 - 6:30 PM  |  Closing Happy Hour

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Featured Speakers

Bryan Meyer

Bryan Meyer

Chief Executive Officer, Veterans Community Project

Bryan Meyer served two tours in Iraq as a Helicopter Crew Chief and Door Gunner in the United States Marine Corps. In 2016, after returning home to Kansas City, Bryan and his co-founders started Veterans Community Project – a walk-in clinic for all Veterans and a village of tiny houses with wrap-around case-management services for homeless Veterans in Kansas City. In VCP's short existence it has already transitioned hundreds of Kansas City area veterans out of homeless and provided services to thousands more. 

The transformative success of VCP in Kansas City made national news and soon other communities were reaching out and inviting VCP to replicate their model outside Kansas City. Today, VCP is one of the fastest growing Veterans nonprofits in America with campuses under construction nationwide.

Ending Veteran Homelessness 240 Square Feet at a Time


Anil Sawhney, Ph.D. PMP FRICS FHEA

Infrastructure Sector Director, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Anil is a construction and infrastructure sector expert, an educator, a researcher, and a construction tech enthusiast. In his role at the RICS, he is involved in producing the construction and infrastructure sector’s body of knowledge, standards, guidance, practice statements, education, and training.

Decarbonizing the Built Environment—the Role of Data and Standards


Thanks to our Educational Session Sponsor

Alpolic Metal Composite Materials
Anil Sawhney

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Participating Manufacturers

The following companies have registered to attend the February 2023 Master Specifier's retreat:

Air Barrier Association of America


Arkema, Inc. / APV Engineered Coatings

ATAS International, Inc.

AWI Quality Certification Program

Barrette Outdoor Living

Behr Paint Company


Carlisle Construction Materials


CertainTeed Architectural


Door Systems


FunderMax North America


Guardian Glass

Hohmann & Barnard, Inc.

ISE Logik Industries, Inc.

Kawneer Company, Inc.


Kuraray America, Inc.


Marino WARE Industries

Master Builder Solutions


Neogard, a part of Hempel

New Millennium Building Systems

Noble Company


PAC-CLAD | Petersen


Polyglass USA Inc.

RIB Software North America

Sherwin-Williams (Table 1)

Sherwin-Williams (Table 2)

Specified Technologies Inc

Tremco CPG Inc.


York Flashings


The Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa is located on the Punta Rassa, an 85-acre peninsula on San Carlos Bay in Fort Myers, Florida. A short distance from Sanibel and Captiva Islands, which feature beautiful beaches and top attractions.

A comfortable and refreshing stay awaits, featuring spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking scenic views, comfortable meeting spaces, and great dining on the resort grounds. Τhe resort features several pools, tennis facilities, a spa and fitness center, nature trails, and bike/kayak rentals to help you rest and recharge in between sessions.

Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa

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Travel Reimbursement

Airfare (up to $500) + one checked bag Ground transportation to/from resort and airport in MSR destination Hotel for three nights Meals during event Your guest room rate and tax is hosted by CSI thru the support of our participating BPMs.


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Alpolic Metal Composite Materials

Carlisle Construction Materials Logo

Kuraray Logo

PPG Logo

RIB Logo

Sherwin Williams Logo