Global Climate Action and Energy Efficiency

Global energy use is shifting. It is hard not to notice plunging prices for oil, coal and natural gas. In the past, whenever fossil fuels became cheaper, usage increased – but carbon emissions are not rising in response this time...

Top 16 Trends for 2016

Each year at NBI, we get together to discuss the most significant and potentially impactful or disruptive trends we see coming in the commercial building and energy sectors and actions individuals can take to get ahead of what’s to come....

An Open Letter to America’s Architects

I love movies where life as we know it will end unless someone can stop the massive meteor, or other catastrophe, from imploding the Earth. Everybody freaks out until some unlikely hero emerges with a risky, but innovative idea to...

Energy Codes Must Evolve to Achieve Policy Goals

Energy codes are anticipated to play a big role in the building performance targets adopted by many jurisdictions to reduce carbon impacts from the building sector. But as codes target deep efficiencies, conventional code language and enforcement mechanisms face significant...

A Pause to Remember Jeff Johnson

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Jeff Johnson, New Buildings Institute’s (NBI) former executive director from 2000 to 2005. He died doing what he loved, mountain biking in the Columbia Gorge. Jeff was a person who...

Retrofit Savings Estimator

NBI is happy to announce a new, free tool to help building owners and others quickly evaluate the potential energy savings associated with existing retrofit strategies. The Retrofit Savings Estimator is a web-based analysis engine that uses basic building information...