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NBI recently conducted research on behalf of NEEA’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Initiative. The research team sought to better understand the delivery, partnership strategies and program channels for promoting the adoption of energy efficiency best practices in commercial real estate. Key recommendations in the resulting report include providing clear and consistent messages around a limited set of best practices; setting a progressive path of action that defines best practices; promoting the adoption of corporate sustainability policies; leveraging ENERGY STAR brand recognition; creating peer networks focused on energy efficiency; creating market clarity on available education and training; assisting internal champions in promoting energy efficiency best practices through case studies, specific tools and resources; and leveraging existing CRE partnerships. Read report

Zero energy buildings are captivating the minds of leading building owners, designers and government professionals who are guiding the way to a lower carbon future. Zero net energy buildings have moved from an abstract concept to a more widely adopted objective, practice and policy direction. In 2014, NBI completed an update to its original 2012 study. This article was written by Cathy Higgins and published by the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences. The 2014 Update documents more than twice as many buildings than the 2012 study. (2/17/2015) Read more

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McDonald’s Study Explores Idea of a Net Zero Energy Quick Service Restaurant

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A recently released study looks at the technical and financial feasibility of achieving new net zero energy restaurants in three cities including Chicago, Illinois, Orlando, Florida, and Washington, D.C. The study, commissioned by McDonald’s Corporation, was conducted by Rocky Mountain Institute, Fisher Nickel, Inc. and New Buildings Institute. Read more »


This report describes the outcomes of the 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum including key themes that emerged. Learn more

The next zero net energy workshop and building tour, "Advancing Policies and Practice" will take place Monday, April 6, at 10:00 a.m. Register now