New Buildings Institute

About NBI

NBI is currently hiring. We assess technologies, promote design approaches, and help guide policies and programs that will significantly improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. Would you like to join our team?

NBI career opportunities

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.

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Our Staff

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

Ralph DiNola


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.

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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.

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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.

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Cathy Higgins

Research Director

Cathy oversees the portfolio of NBI's leading-edge research work involving zero net energy buildings, measured performance, and emerging technologies. She also supports business development.

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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.

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Amy Cortese

Associate Director

Amy has been involved sustainable design consulting and implementation of energy efficiency market transformation approaches for over 20 years. She is responsible for managing implementation teams covering all aspects NBI’s work.

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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.

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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.

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Anna Gabis


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our Board Members

Brendan Owens

U.S. Green Building Council
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David Goldstein

President | Natural Resources Defense Council
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Douglas Baston

Clerk | North Atlantic Energy Advisors
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Jeff Harris

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
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Michael McAteer

Vice President | National Grid
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Nancy Jenkins

Department of General Services (DGS)
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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.