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Code & Policy

Utility Programs and Stretch Codes

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Bringing energy codes to market often involves a comprehensive approach that starts years before a code is adopted by a local jurisdiction. NBI provides technical assistance through each stage of code development. NBI aggregates technical information from existing high performance buildings. Observed trends...

Tools & Guides

New Construction Guide

Guideline / December 12, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Increasing energy code stringency and owner demand for higher efficiency in buildings are challenging design teams to deliver high performance without adding costs. The New Construction Guide from Advanced Buildings offers a comprehensive approach to new commercial construction projects that…

Daylighting Pattern Guide

Online Tool / December 20, 2015 / Advanced Buildings / Daylighting

The Daylighting Pattern Guide is a free, interactive tool that helps design teams incorporate proven daylighting strategies into commercial building projects for substantial reductions in lighting power consumption and overall building energy use.

HVAC Primer

Guideline / December 19, 2015 / Advanced Buildings / HVAC

This primer describes energy savings opportunities and context for packaged rooftop units (RTUs) for utility energy managers and their trade allies. RTUs are ubiquitous in commercial spaces but are also a difficult market to reach. Analysis shows many opportunities for…

Advanced Buildings Project Directory & Case Studies

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Below are Advanced Buildings projects that have utilized Core Performance including links to case studies or project profiles when available.

Research

Commercial Office Plug Load Savings and Assessment: Executive Summary

Report / January 24, 2012

This study characterizes electricity consumption of plug load devices in two LEED‐certified buildings in California and explores opportunities for plug load energy savings in office buildings. Findings from this field research suggest low- and no-cost savings opportunities through software, hardware…

Plug Load Methodology Paper and Case Study on PECI Office/Metrics Paper

Paper / April 23, 2013 / Deep Energy Retrofits

This guide provides building designers, real estate personnel and utilities with two fundamental ways for expressing energy use characteristics for commercial plug loads; preliminary ranges for high, median, and low calculations; and a summary of references for metering and monitoring…

Sensitivity Analysis: Comparing the Impact of Design, Operation, and Tenant Behavior on Building Energy Performance

Report / July 27, 2011

This study compares the magnitude of energy impact that various design features, operations and tenant behaviors have on total building energy use. The findings of this study can help the building community begin to align their priorities with those building…

Sensitivity Analysis: Relative Impact Of Design, Commissioning, Maintenance And Operational Variables On The Energy Performance Of Office Buildings

Paper / September 5, 2012

This paper provides a look at the NBI study that compares the magnitude of energy impact that various design features, operations and tenant behaviors have on total building energy use. The perception in the market is that the responsibility for building…

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New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge

News / June 16, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The New Construction Guide has also been incorporated as the prescriptive path to comply with the energy prerequisites for both USGBC’s LEED v4 and the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools standard. The guide has also been adopted as the...

School Collaborative Selects New Construction Guide

News / December 29, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NE-CHPS) has adopted the Advanced Buildings New Construction Guide as a prescriptive path to meet the energy performance requirements of Version 3 of the NE-CHPS Criteria. The New Construction Guide can be used...

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New Construction Guide and the Architecture 2030 Challenge

Post / July 1, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

In 2006, Architecture 2030 took a bold step: Challenge everyone involved with the built environment — designers, owners, government, utilities, operators and tenants, everyone — to reach for the goal of Zero Net Energy by 2030. Using the average performance...

Codes & Policy

Costs of Advanced Efficiency Measures in Commercial Buildings

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

NBI has identified the following four studies as a general survey of the cost impact of increasing the level of energy efficiency in commercial new construction and major retrofits. This is not an exhaustive survey of cost material available, but...

Utility Programs and Stretch Codes

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Bringing energy codes to market often involves a comprehensive approach that starts years before a code is adopted by a local jurisdiction. NBI provides technical assistance through each stage of code development. NBI aggregates technical information from existing high performance buildings. Observed trends...

2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) Development

Code & Policy / December 21, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is an effort of the International Code Council (ICC) aimed at creating a new green overlay code for the ICC’s suite of I-Codes.  The IgCC includes requirements for a range of issues pertinent to...

2012 IECC Development

Code & Policy / December 21, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

In 2010, energy code officials from around the country adopted a new energy model code that represented the largest single-step increase in efficiency in the history of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). NBI worked with AIA, U.S. DOE and other...

2015 IECC and IEBC Development

Code & Policy / December 21, 2015 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

NBI and several other leading organizations proposed code revisions for a range of 2015 International Code Council codes (I-codes) including the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC). The purpose is to help the usability...

Model Energy & Green Codes

Code & Policy / December 19, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

NBI works collaboratively with a wide range of industry partners to bring model energy codes up to current market capabilities. Measures promoted by NBI include higher efficiency standards for equipment and advanced design strategies such as daylighting. Once adopted by states...

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Proposed Multifamily Building Section for the 2018 IECC

Document / October 16, 2015 / Advanced Buildings, Codes And Policy

NBI presented the first public “straw-man” of a proposed section for multifamily buildings in the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to the Department of Energy's Denver Energy Codes Stakeholder Meeting on October 13, 2015.

Enlighted Technical Proof of Concept Study

Report / August 28, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This report represents the findings on research on the Enlighted wireless luminaire level lighting control system. New Buildings Institute (NBI) conducted the work on behalf of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). The technical proof of concept study aimed to…

Indirect-Direct Evaporative Rooftop Unit Field Test Final Report

Report / June 26, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

As part of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA’s) investigation of new approaches to reducing commercial cooling electric energy use, New Buildings Institute (NBI) installed, monitored and analyzed the performance of a third generation indirect direct (IDEC) evaporative cooler on…

Establishing a Data Collection Methodology, Common Metrics and the Lighting Energy Code Comparison for Lighting Control Systems Research

Paper / May 23, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

Lighting systems with advanced lighting controls offer a pathway to savings, however they also create challenges. The integration of a projected code comparison method is imperative. In this paper NBI is proposing a consistent set of metrics along with a…

Rooftop HVAC FDD: Technology and Market Review with Energy and Demand Savings Estimates

Report / April 24, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This report reviews and compares the characteristics and approaches for a variety of FDD tools in the market. Also identified are the technology protocols needed to identify faults and the criteria and energy savings estimates used for the inclusion of…

Final Research Summary Report: Skylight Modeling and Validation

Report / April 24, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This report summarizes the findings for the Skylight Modeling and Validation project within the Evidence-based Design and Operation research program. This report was prepared as part of the California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.

Final Research Summary Report: Rooftop Units FDD

Report / April 23, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This report summarizes the findings for the Rooftop Unit FDD project within the Evidence-based Design and Operation research program. The project goals were to reduce the energy performance degradation in rooftop HVAC units (5-50 tons in size) in California and…

Enhanced Skylight Modeling and Validation

Report / April 23, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This report details tasks, findings, and recommendations undertaken for the Enhanced Skylight Modeling and Validation project. The scope involved developing and validating computer simulation alternatives to physical measurements for producing optical daylighting system photometry. Findings indicate that it is possible…

A Method For Evaluating Diagnostic Protocols For Packaged Air Conditioning Equipment

Paper / February 6, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

Fault detection and diagnostic (FDD) tools are becoming more widely available for residential and light commercial air conditioning systems. The California Title 24 Building Energy Standard includes refrigerant charge and air flow diagnostic protocols and procedures, and energy efficiency programs…

California HVAC Action Plan

Document / July 7, 2011 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This action plan is designed to help California's HVAC sector achieve the goals described in the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. It includes input from the strategic plan, along with contributions from California Public Utility Commission (PUC) Energy Division staff,…

Final Advanced Rooftop Unit (ARTU) Product Specification

Report / February 3, 2011 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This specification is proposed for commercial packaged rooftop units equal to or smaller than 135,000 Btu/h. It is intended to improve in-field energy performance for customers and utilities by increasing reliability, maintainability and performance/conditioning monitoring including advanced fault detection.

Commercial Rooftop HVAC Unit Retrofit Programs Phase 1

Paper / June 30, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This report is a secondary research project examining data available on pilot and operating rooftop unit (RTU) retrofit programs around the country at the time and summarizes a variety of information on the topic. Included are discussions of technical issues,…

ARTU Cost Benefit Analysis

Paper / February 24, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This document presents an analysis of the costs and benefits associated with the features of an advanced rooftop unit (ARTU). These features were identified in the “ARTU Product Definition Report” (AEC 2005).

Hot Dry Climate Air Conditioner (HDAC) Combined Field Test Report

Report / February 24, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This field test consisted of site and AC selection, installation and replacement, performance monitoring, and data analysis. Standard baseline SEER 13 air conditioners were first monitored and then replaced with HDACs. Monitoring of the baseline and HDAC units were completed…

Building Controls in an Era of High Performance Buildings

Paper / February 17, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This white paper, also known as "My Car Is Smarter Than Your Building," looks at the lessons controls-savvy cars can teach us about how high performance and enlightened controls standards can lead to more energy efficient buildings.

Advanced Metering and Energy Information Systems

Report / February 16, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

Under a project for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NBI researched trends and new technologies in advanced metering as used in energy information systems (EIS).

Assessment of Market-Ready Evaporative Technologies for HVAC Applications

Report / January 28, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

NBI completed a report on the range of evaporative, evaporative hybrid and evaporative condensing technologies for HVAC applications on behalf of Southern California Edison including: technologies, manufacturers, market applications and adoption factors surrounding evaporative approaches to cooling.

Desert CoolAire Package Unit Technical Assessment: Final Report

Report / January 28, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

NBI conducted lab and field technical assessments of eight Desert CoolAire prototype indirect evaporative air conditioners on behalf of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Sacramento Municiple Utility District. Also see the 2007 Addendum with additional monitoring and equipment status.

Desert CoolAire Technical Assessment: 2007 Addendum

Report / January 28, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

NBI conducted lab and field technical assessments of eight Desert CoolAire prototype indirect evaporative air conditioners on behalf of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Sacramento Municiple Utility District. This addendum includes additional information about monitoring and equipment status. Also see the Final Report on…

Small HVAC Problems & Potential Savings Reports

Report / January 27, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This document was one of the technical attachments to the final report of a larger research effort called "Integrated Energy Systems: Productivity and Building Science Program" as part of the PIER Program funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and managed…

Advanced Variable Air Volume System Design Guide

Report / January 26, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

The Advanced Variable Air Volume (VAV) System Design Guide (Design Guide) is written for Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) designers and focuses on built-up VAV systems in multi-story commercial office buildings in California. The Design Guide recommendations include best practices…

Daylighting In Schools: Reanalysis Report

Report / January 21, 2010 / Advanced Buildings

This study expands and validates previous research by Heschong Mahone Group that found a statistical correlation between the amount of daylight in elementary school classrooms and the performance of students on standardized math and reading tests.

Daylight and Retail Sales

Report / January 21, 2010 / Advanced Buildings

This study presents evidence that a chain retailer is experiencing higher sales in daylit stores than in similar non-daylit stores.The study included 73 store locations in California, of which 24 stores were daylit primarily by diffusing skylights.

Windows and Classrooms: A Study of Student Performance and the Indoor Environment

Report / January 21, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This study investigates whether daylight and other aspects of the indoor environment in elementary school student classrooms have an effect on student learning, as measured by their improvement on standardized math and reading tests over an academic year. The study…

Events

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Getting to Zero National Forum

Event / October 12 - October 14 / Zero Net Energy

Join leading designers, owners, operators, commercial real estate professionals, policymakers, manufacturers and others to share perspectives on the growth of zero net energy (ZNE), discuss the policies driving new projects, engage in best practices for successful outcomes and collaborate on…

ZNE Technical Training for School & Building Industry Professionals

Event / November 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This day-long technical workshop will present real-world examples of technology applications and design practices that have resulted in superior energy use through whole-building retrofits in schools to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) performance. Attendees will also learn about the operational…

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School Collaborative Selects New Construction Guide

News / December 29, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NE-CHPS) has adopted the Advanced Buildings New Construction Guide as a prescriptive path to meet the energy performance requirements of Version 3 of the NE-CHPS Criteria. The New Construction Guide can be used...

Danfoss’ Galyen: Incentives Will Boost Building Technology Development

News / September 24, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

On September 17, John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America, addressed the importance of taking a holistic approach to improving the efficiency of the U.S. commercial building stock as part of a broad objective to double energy productivity. Galyen was joined...

New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge

News / June 16, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The New Construction Guide has also been incorporated as the prescriptive path to comply with the energy prerequisites for both USGBC’s LEED v4 and the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools standard. The guide has also been adopted as the...

New Construction Guide and the 2030 Challenge

News / June 2, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

NBI and Architecture 2030 are excited to announce that Architecture 2030 has endorsed a prescriptive path to meet the current 2030 Challenge goal based on NBI’s Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide. With this path, design teams now have another tool...

New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge

News / June 1, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

June 2, 2015—New Buildings Institute (NBI) and Architecture 2030 are excited to announce that Architecture 2030 has endorsed a prescriptive path to meet the current 2030 Challenge goal based on NBI’s Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide. With this path, design...

New buildings database showcases growing market trend of low and zero energy buildings

News / December 10, 2014 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

December 10, 2014—Detailed information on North America’s most energy-efficient and zero energy buildings is now available online with the New Building Institute’s Getting to Zero Buildings Database. The database features more than 280 buildings from all climate zones across the...

System Control Offers Increased HVAC Efficiency For Smaller Buildings

News / September 23, 2014 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

Environmental Leader reported on new technology in heating, venting and air conditioning building automation systems for small- and mid-sized buildings. The article references a 2004 New Buildings Institute study, which found that 91 percent of the packaged rooftop units tested...

PECI tests New Buildings Institute’s plug load energy use metrics at HQ

News / November 6, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

Building Design + Construction reported, that NBI developed the first ever set of plug load energy use metrics, which will allow commercial building owners and managers to more easily gain insight into their buildings’ energy use and become more energy...

PECI helps affirm usefulness of new plug load metrics

News / November 6, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

Portland-based PECI used NBI metrics to assess plug load energy use at its First and Main Building headquarters in downtown Portland. The study inspired an energy-saving campaign that resulted in an 18 percent kWh reduction of PECI’s plug load reports...

Energy Management Trends: The Power Of Plugs

News / September 30, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

An article written by Cathy Higgins, Research Director, and Dan Harris, P.E. was published by Today’s Facility Manager. The article reports that plug loads are the fastest growing energy use item in commercial buildings and can represent as much as...

Enlighted’s Technology Increases Employee Comfort and Reduces Lighting Power by 59% at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

News / July 30, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

MarketWatch reported that NEEA, NBI and Enlighted collaborated on a study that found when given the option, individuals chose less light. Organizations could substantially reduce their utility bills while improving employee satisfaction. (7/23/2013)

Commercial Plug Loads

News / October 19, 2012 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

Several newsletter articles reference NBI’s “Commercial Office Plug Load Savings Assessment“. The study reveals details about actual energy consumption of common plug loads and measured savings of 40 percent or more resulting from low-cost efficiency measures. How much do they...

High Performance, Low Operating Costs

News / October 16, 2012 / Advanced Buildings

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group wanted their building to perform in the most energy-efficient way. Their project team worked with Efficiency Vermont to follow the Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide. Tracey Beckstrom, Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, wrote about the experience...

Tenants Look to Reduce Office Equipment Power Consumption

News / August 21, 2012 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

Commercial Property Executive Magazine’s plug-load management article quotes Amy Cortese, Senior Project Manager, and includes the 5 steps for reducing energy used by electronic devices from the Plug Load Best Practices Guide. (8/21/2012)

New guide outlines best practices for cutting energy used by plug-in devices

News / July 19, 2012 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

July 19, 2012–The number of things office workers plug into the socket is growing rapidly. To help commercial building owners and occupants get control of the energy used by office equipment and other electronic devices, New Buildings Institute (NBI) today...

Lab Report: XXVIII

News / May 23, 2012 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

New ways of envisioning architecture, design, and construction are discussed in this blog by MetropolisMag.com and they mention research done by NBI. This research can be found in the report Energy Performance of LEED for New Construction Buildings. (5/22/2012)

Daylighting as a Cost-Effective Solution

News / March 7, 2012 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

Existing buildings can maximize sunlight use without making structural changes. In this article, from Buildings, Barb Hamilton, Senior Lighting Manager for the NBI, offers three strategies to maximize daylight and minimize artificial light. (2/24/2012)

NBI’s Core Performance adopted as part of Massachusetts stretch code

News / June 3, 2009 / Advanced Buildings

June 21, 2009–The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards voted Tuesday to adopt a stretch energy code for the state that would make new commercial buildings under 100,000 square feet up to 30% more energy efficient than base standards...

Blog

New Construction Guide and the Architecture 2030 Challenge

Post / July 1, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

In 2006, Architecture 2030 took a bold step: Challenge everyone involved with the built environment — designers, owners, government, utilities, operators and tenants, everyone — to reach for the goal of Zero Net Energy by 2030. Using the average performance...

Case StudiesView All

Savings Verification for Performance Contracting

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Washington’s Department of General Administration supervised an energy system retrofit of Spokane’s Westlake State Hospital and then was responsible for verifying the energy savings resulting from the improvements. However, when the hospital’s energy management system experienced a partial loss of…

The Runaway Building

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

EZ Sim showed its versatility and its accuracy when analyzing a building with run away winter energy bills. While the building was initially modeled using a traditional engineering method, EZ Sim provided a quicker alternative to identify the nature of…

EZ SIM – Shows Bonus Energy Savings for County Office Building

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

When a county building’s facility manager wanted to know if it was time to upgrade the building’s heat pumps, EZ Sim’s detective work helped to uncover more savings in more places than she bargained.

New England Regional Council of Carpenters

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) represents 22,000 carpenters, pile drivers, shop and mill men, and floorcoverers working in the New England states.

Gibney Family Vision Center

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), a non-profit organization founded in 1926, is the only private rehabilitation agency to offer free training, services and support to visually impaired Vermonters of all ages. VABVI offices are located…

Fidelity Bank

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Fidelity Bank is one of the oldest and continually growing independent, local community banks in Central Massachusetts. In January 2007, the bank opened its new Corporate Center and Branch in Leominster, Massachusetts. The four-story building includes office space as well…

Duxbury Bay Maritime School

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Serving more than 1,800 students annually, the not-for-profit Duxbury Bay Maritime School aims to connect the community through educational and recreational programs with its primary resource, Duxbury Bay.

Child and Family of Newport County Case Study

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Child and Family of Newport County (CF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families and communities through services such as preschool childcare, counseling, home care for the elderly and disabled, substance abuse education, home-based child welfare, transitional housing for…

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Case Study

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

In September 2010, the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School opened its new green building, ready to accommodate 600 students. This new building includes masonry and steel construction, a 3,300 square foot state-of-the-art library and media center, a 5,700 square foot gymnasium,…

Advanced Buildings Project Directory & Case Studies

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Below are Advanced Buildings projects that have utilized Core Performance including links to case studies or project profiles when available.

Tools & Guides

Daylighting Guide for Office Interiors

Guideline / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The Daylighting Guide for Office Interiors helps designers understand and consider the best use of space and finishes to maximize illumination with daylight. The free, printable guide outlines specific steps to accomplishing good daylighting design, facts, tips, links to resources…

Daylighting Pattern Guide

Online Tool / December 20, 2015 / Advanced Buildings / Daylighting

The Daylighting Pattern Guide is a free, interactive tool that helps design teams incorporate proven daylighting strategies into commercial building projects for substantial reductions in lighting power consumption and overall building energy use.

FirstView

Online Tool / December 19, 2015 / Advanced Buildings, Outcome-Based Performance

FirstView® software and services enable building owners, energy efficiency professionals and designers to extract more targeted and useful energy performance information from basic data inputs. With monthly utility bills and a few building characteristics a building energy model can be…

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HVAC Primer

Guideline / December 19, 2015 / Advanced Buildings / HVAC

This primer describes energy savings opportunities and context for packaged rooftop units (RTUs) for utility energy managers and their trade allies. RTUs are ubiquitous in commercial spaces but are also a difficult market to reach. Analysis shows many opportunities for…

New Construction Guide

Guideline / December 12, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Increasing energy code stringency and owner demand for higher efficiency in buildings are challenging design teams to deliver high performance without adding costs. The New Construction Guide from Advanced Buildings offers a comprehensive approach to new commercial construction projects that…

New Construction Guide and the 2030 Challenge

Factsheet / June 2, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Architecture 2030 has endorsed a prescriptive path to meet the current 2030 Challenge target based on NBI’s Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide. With this path, design teams now have another tool when pursuing the 2030 Challenge.

Advanced Buildings is a Suite of Powerful Tools and Resources

Factsheet / February 28, 2013 / Advanced Buildings

Advanced Buildings® is a suite of tools and resources that helps design teams create high performance commercial buildings that stand out for their energy efficiency and healthy environments. The suite is managed by NBI. Learn more in this print friendly…

Daylighting Pattern Guide Helps Building Projects Utilize Natural Light

Guideline / February 28, 2013 / Advanced Buildings

The Daylighting Pattern Guide (DPG) is a free, interactive tool that helps design teams incorporate proven daylighting strategies into commercial building projects for substantial reductions in lighting power consumption and overall building energy use. Learn more in this print friendly…

What Are Advanced Lighting Guidelines (ALG)?

Factsheet / February 28, 2013 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

With rising demand for green building, lighting design professionals are called upon not only to deliver great lighting plans but also to incorporate the most advanced, energy-saving strategies and technologies. For nearly two decades, the Advanced Lighting Guidelines (ALG) has…

Core Performance Provides a Direct Path to High Performance Buildings

Guideline / February 28, 2013 / Advanced Buildings

The Core Performance Guide is a prescriptive path that results in buildings that are up to 25 percent more energy efficient than conventional buildings. Learn more in this print friendly factsheet.

Plug Load Best Practices Guide

Guideline / July 17, 2012 / Advanced Buildings

The Plug Load Best Practices Guide outlines no-cost and low-cost measures for reducing the energy and costs associated with plug loads, or any device that is plugged into a building’s electrical system—think computers, printers and data servers. The guide, based…

Advanced Lighting Guidelines

Online Tool / February 22, 2010 / Advanced Buildings

ALG Online is the former Advanced Lighting Guidelines taken to the web. It is written and updated by expert lighting industry professionals for practicing professionals and provides a comprehensive, one-stop resource for advanced lighting theory, design guidance, real-life applications, lighting…

Small HVAC System Design Guide

Guideline / January 26, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This document provides design guidance on how to improve the installed performance of small packaged rooftop HVAC systems in commercial buildings. It is targeted at architects, engineers, and design/build contractors involved in the design of small packaged rooftop systems for commercial…

Windows and Offices: A Study of Office Worker Performance and the Indoor Environment

Guideline / January 21, 2010 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

This study reports on a statistical investigation into the influences indoor physical environment has on office worker performance, especially daylight and view, and secondarily ventilation and thermal comfort. Two different studies were conducted at the same organization, the Sacramento Municipal…

Core Performance Guide

Guideline / January 27, 2007 / Advanced Buildings

The nationally recognized, easy-to-use, Core Performance Guide brings together over 30 criteria defining high performance in building envelope, lighting, HVAC, power systems and controls. When applied together in an integrated design process, these measures result in buildings that are 30%…

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