New buildings database offers important lessons on achieving low-energy buildings

Post / December 9, 2014 / Deep Energy Retrofits, Zero Net Energy

There is no better teacher than experience and now NBI has over 280 experiences to share through its new Getting to Zero Buildings Database. The database officially released today offers a dynamic way to find in-depth case studies about high...

Northwest cities get help from NEEA to address worst performing buildings

Post / November 20, 2014 / Deep Energy Retrofits

Existing buildings with aging equipment and infrastructure represent a tremendous opportunity for energy savings. But, without a mechanism to identify inefficient buildings and prioritize budgets for upgrades, it’s difficult to know where to start. Under a pilot program, funded by...

5 Steps to Plug Load Savings

Post / July 10, 2012

In the goal of reducing energy costs, businesses–-even those in the energy efficiency industry–have historically focused on upgrades to equipment and facilities, while largely ignoring occupant behavior. But as building systems improve in efficiency, the human side of the energy...

Commissioning (not just) for California

Post / June 26, 2012

For many years, California has led the way in progressive energy efficient building measures, and the state is pursuing an aggressive long-term goal of making 50 percent of all existing commercial buildings net zero by 2030. To this end, the...

Initiating Energy Transparency

Post / June 5, 2012

Trying to improve energy efficiency in the building sector without readily available energy data is a little like trying to lose weight when you don’t have a scale. Fortunately, the building industry stands to gain by a trend in transparency...

ULI/Greenprint Partnership Brings Key Players (and Dialogue) to the Table

Post / March 30, 2012

“33% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are from the built environment.” That’s just one of the statements that regularly headlines the home page of the Greenprint Foundation. Underneath is a description of the Foundation as “a catalyst for change,...

Solutions for the Plug Load Challenge

Post / February 16, 2012

Often it’s not how we design buildings that impacts actual energy performance but what we, the occupants, do in those buildings that counts. It’s becoming increasingly clear that occupancy factors, such as behavior, have a significant impact on a building’s...

NIBS Releases Data Needs Report

Post / December 15, 2011

Increasingly over the last several years, members of the building industry have expressed the need for both broader and more targeted benchmark data on high-performance buildings.  The Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) has long served as the major source...

Next Step After CBECS: Defining the Path Forward

Post / July 29, 2011

As reported in our June 14 post, the 2011 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) was suspended following Congressionally-mandated budget cuts to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). CBECS has been the nation’s only source of statistical data on energy use...

No more CBECS…Now what?

Post / June 14, 2011

In April’s budget compromise, Congress cut the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) FY 2011 funding by 14 percent. That equates to a roughly $15.2 million reduction, forcing “adjustments” to many of EIA’s energy data, analysis and forecasting programs. Programs that guide...