New Buildings Institute

About NBI

NBI assesses technologies, promotes design approaches, and helps guide policies and programs that will significantly improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

Founded in 1997, New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. We work collaboratively with commercial building market players—governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals—to remove barriers to energy efficiency, including promoting advanced design practices, improved technologies, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency. We also develop and offer guidance to individuals and organizations on designing and constructing energy-efficient buildings through our Advanced Buildings® suite of tools and resources.

NBI’s current efforts are working to provide the policy and program direction and promote design practices and technologies that will result in buildings that are better for people and the environment.

Read our 2015 Progress Report and subscribe to one of our newsletters near the bottom of this page, to find out more about our work.

Read Progress ReportSee Financial StatementsSee Form 990

Interested in having an NBI expert speak at your event?

Visit the Speakers Bureau

Our Staff

NBI staff members are subject matter experts in energy efficiency and green building design and operations.

Ralph DiNola

CEO

Ralph is an expert facilitator and convener providing inspiration and a pathway for business, policymakers and building owners seeking quantum advances in building energy performance.

Learn More

Jim Edelson

Director of Codes & Policy

Jim is a leading advocate for advanced energy codes and has been at the forefront of national and local commercial energy code development of higher stringency efficiency measures.

Learn More

Mark Frankel

Technical Director

Mark is a leading advocate and technical expert in commercial building performance setting the vision for what’s next in building design practices and leading on market adoption strategies.

Learn More

Alexi Miller

Senior Project Manager

Alexi applies his expertise on building operations and mechanical systems to study building energy use data and synthesize the results into actionable measures for design teams and operation managers.

Learn More

Anna Gabis

Controller

Anna is an expert in nonprofit finance and administration. As NBI’s controller, she works closely with executive management to oversee all financial aspects of NBI’s business operations.

Learn More

Connie Umphress

Communications Manager

Connie leads NBI’s communications efforts including publication management, brand oversight and stakeholder outreach. She also facilitates the delivery of NBI’s educational webinars.

Learn More

Heather Flint Chatto

Project Manager

Heather’s focus is on zero net energy buildings; this work includes developing an early adopter network, facilitating educational opportunities and developing resources for a better understanding of zero net energy commercial projects.

Learn More

Jackie Waadevig

Office Administrator

Jackie ensures that NBI’s office operations run smoothly managing all the logistical details of business operations as well supporting human resources and financial functions.

Learn More

Kevin Carbonnier

Project Analyst

Kevin supports NBI with technical research and data analysis. He also develops and maintains systems for tracking analytics on building energy use and reporting on performance.

Learn More

Mark Lyles

Project Manager

Mark provides technical and design expertise, project management and research support on programs related to zero net energy buildings, Advanced Buildings new construction and commercial real estate.

Learn More

Sean Denniston

Senior Project Manager

Sean uses his expertise for code analysis, tool development and research. He also manages NBI’s Advanced Buildings program, which provides technical resources for new construction projects.

Learn More

Susan Grant Harris

Communications Specialist

Susan supports NBI communications and stakeholder outreach by maintaining tools and client management systems that enable tech transfer of NBI research and guidance.

Learn More

Amy Cortese

Associate Director, Programs

Cathy Higgins

Research Director

Interested In A Career With NBI?

View Openings

Our Board Members

Brendan Owens

U.S. Green Building Council
Learn More

David Goldstein

President | Natural Resources Defense Council
Learn More

Douglas Baston

Clerk | North Atlantic Energy Advisors
Learn More

Jeff Harris

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Learn More

John Wilson

Ex-Officio | Energy Foundation
Learn More

Michael McAteer

Vice President | National Grid
Learn More

Nancy Jenkins

Southern California Edison
Learn More

Our Sponsors

NBI is supported by contributions from a number of entities through sponsorship and grant funding. We are extremely grateful for the faithful support of these organizations.