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.
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NBI assesses technologies, promotes design approaches, and helps guide policies and programs that will significantly improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.
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, to find out more about our work.
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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
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 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 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 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 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
Heather’s focus is on zero net energy buildings working on developing policy action plans, an early adopter network and education on how to plan for a build zero net energy commercial project.Learn More
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 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 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
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
Susan supports NBI communications and stakeholder outreach by maintain tools and client management systems that enable tech transfer of NBI research and guidance.Learn More
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Our Board Members
U.S. Green Building Council
President | Natural Resources Defense Council
Clerk | North American Energy Advisors
Treasurer | Nexant
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Ex-Officio | Energy Foundation
Vice President | National Grid
Southern California Edison
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.