Outcome-Based Performance

An energy-efficient building design doesn't always translate into a high performance building. Attention to energy performance outcomes ensures savings are realized.

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Code & Policy

Outcome-Based Energy Codes

Code & Policy / December 21, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance

Our nation’s current energy codes include structural and enforcement characteristics that limit the ability to achieve significantly more energy savings without major changes. Current energy code strategies consider only a limited number of the factors that impact building energy performance. ...

Steps to Achieving Outcome-Based Energy Codes

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance

Outcome-based energy codes require that a number of policy, data and administration pieces be put in place. Key to the process are: Better data about actual building performance Information about how the building stock is currently performing is sparse.  More...

Tools & Guides

Share Your ZNE and Exemplary Commercial Building Project

Online Tool / June 24, 2016 / Outcome-Based Performance, Zero Net Energy

Wanted: North America’s most advanced commercial buildings! New Buildings Institute is initiating its annual review of advanced energy efficiency commercial projects including zero energy, emerging and ultra-low energy projects.

FirstView®

Page / March 21, 2017

The majority of commercial buildings have little or no readily available feedback on energy performance. Utility bills provide some insight, but their potential to target particular areas for energy savings is limited. Currently, other tools provide only general benchmarking information...

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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Key Performance Indicators for Commercial Buildings

Guideline / November 16, 2012 / Outcome-Based Performance

NBI has developed standardized Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for new or existing commercial buildings that provide feedback to designers, operators and tenants regarding energy use. This development work was funded through the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER)…

Research

Evidence-Based Design & Operations Research Program

Report / June 22, 2010

NBI is managing this three-year research program as a part of the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program funded by the California Energy Commission. The effort is a linked series of projects that examine the variation in energy use of commercial buildings…

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…

Final Research Summary Report: High Performance Buildings Measured Performance and Key Performance Indicators

Report / April 24, 2013

This report summarizes the findings for the High Performance Buildings Measured Performance and Key Performance Indicators 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…

Outcome-Based Performance Summit Summary

Report / September 12, 2014 / Outcome-Based Performance

Attention to achieving desired performance goals, particularly for energy use, through outcome-based requirements is growing. Given the numerous factors that influence actual performance (design, operations, climate, occupancy, etc.) and the traditional delivery pathways, important questions have been raised about how…

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Industry experts plan for future focused on commercial building performance outcomes, increased attention to operations

News / May 6, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance

May 6, 2015–Determining a building’s energy efficiency based solely on using predictive energy models and specifying certain design and construction attributes may be a thing of the past by the time the next generation of architects and engineers join the...

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Outcome-Base Compliance on the horizon for IgCC with electronic voting as last step

Post / October 16, 2014 / Outcome-Based Performance

Just two weeks ago code officials and government representatives from across the country gathered in Fort Lauderdale for the Final Action Hearings on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Most notably for the energy-related sections of this model energy code,...

Energy Codes Must Evolve to Achieve Policy Goals

Post / September 23, 2015 / Codes And Policy

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...

Codes & Policy

Steps to Achieving Outcome-Based Energy Codes

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance

Outcome-based energy codes require that a number of policy, data and administration pieces be put in place. Key to the process are: Better data about actual building performance Information about how the building stock is currently performing is sparse.  More...

Outcome-Based Energy Codes

Code & Policy / December 21, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance

Our nation’s current energy codes include structural and enforcement characteristics that limit the ability to achieve significantly more energy savings without major changes. Current energy code strategies consider only a limited number of the factors that impact building energy performance. ...

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Getting to Outcome-Based Building Performance Event Report

Report / May 6, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance

This report summarizes the work undertaken by a group of building industry thought leaders who gathered for a Performance Outcome Summit in August 2014 in Seattle, Washington. During a day and a half workshop, the group examined the opportunities, barriers…

Events

There are no events for Outcome-Based Performance. Please see our other events below.

A Technical Deep Dive Into ZNE School Retrofits

Event / May 25 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm / Zero Net Energy

Attendees will advance their knowledge of the design process, technology application and approaches used in the Proposition 39 ZNE Schools Pilot Program. The four-hour interactive workshop will highlight technical design features and construction practices from the ongoing multi-year journey of…

ZNE for Local Governments

Event / June 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm / Zero Net Energy

This four-hour workshop is designed to give local government staff the information, tools, and confidence to create and drive progress toward zero net energy goals. Case studies show how cities can be leaders within their own public building portfolios by…

ZNE for Existing Buildings

Event / August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm / Zero Net Energy

This four-hour workshop will outline best practice steps and approaches to comprehensively enhance the energy performance of existing buildings to Zero Net Energy. The workshop will investigate retrofit opportunities in individual buildings as well as how advanced benchmarking can help…

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Energy Department awards nearly $1.3 million to encourage data-driven local energy planning; releases research results

News / August 12, 2016 / New Buildings Institute, Outcome-Based Performance / Benchmarking & Feedback

In support of cities’ efforts to reduce energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of energy efficiency technologies, the Energy Department today selected three projects to help cities integrate energy analysis and data into their strategic decision...

Industry experts plan for future focused on commercial building performance outcomes, increased attention to operations

News / May 6, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance

May 6, 2015–Determining a building’s energy efficiency based solely on using predictive energy models and specifying certain design and construction attributes may be a thing of the past by the time the next generation of architects and engineers join the...

Blog

Outcome-Base Compliance on the horizon for IgCC with electronic voting as last step

Post / October 16, 2014 / Outcome-Based Performance

Just two weeks ago code officials and government representatives from across the country gathered in Fort Lauderdale for the Final Action Hearings on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Most notably for the energy-related sections of this model energy code,...

NBI and NIBS Convene a Stellar Cast for August Summit with Compelling Outcomes

Post / September 12, 2014 / Outcome-Based Performance

NBI was thrilled to partner with National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to host the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance Summit this August in Seattle. Together with a handpicked group of leading thinkers and practitioners in high performance building design, construction...

A Pathway for Outcome-Based Codes

Post / June 1, 2011 / Outcome-Based Performance

In April, over 60 experts in energy code development and high performance commercial building met in Washington D.C. to discuss the future of outcome-based energy codes, a relatively new concept focusing on how buildings actually perform from an energy perspective,...

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There are no case studies for Outcome-Based Performance. Please see our other case studies below.

Verified ZNE Building Case Study: North Face & VF Outdoors

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

The North Face corporate facility is part of the VF Outdoor Campus in Alameda, California. The VF Outdoors Headquarters occupies 14 acres of the Harbor Business Park and includes a 160,000-square-foot, four-building development completed in 2012. A fifth building is…

Emerging ZNE Building Case Study: Environmental Innovation Center

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

Completed in 2014, the Environmental Innovation Center (EIC) in San José, CA, is a local government-owned education and environmental resources center that is targeting zero net energy (ZNE) performance. The project contains a 10,000-square-foot new building and a retrofit of…

Emerging ZNE Building Case Study: California State Lottery District Office in Santa Fe Springs

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

The California State Lottery District Office in Santa Fe Springs is a retrofit of an existing 12,840-square-foot warehouse and is one of the first state-owned and operated buildings to target zero net energy (ZNE). The Lottery partnered with LPAS Architecture…

Verified ZNE Building Case Study: Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems Manufacturing Facility

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

The Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems (BAGS) manufacturing facility is a retrofit of a 1969 concrete warehouse that was renovated in 2008 to be a zero net energy (ZNE) building. The 63,000-square-foot Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems manufacturing facility produces custom glass…

Verified ZNE Building Case Study: 435 Indio Way

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

435 Indio Way in Sunnyvale, California, was built in 1973 as a research and development laboratory and office for Hewlett Packard. Like many buildings in the Silicon Valley, it is a simple one-story, tilt-up that since 2006 had been left…

Ultra-Low Energy School Case Study: Jeffrey Trail Middle School

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The Jeffrey Trail Middle School is a new school in the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). The school was designed and constructed to meet the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) performance standards for exemplary energy and water conservation. With…

Low Energy School Case Study: Georgina Blach Intermediate School

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The Georgina Blach Intermediate School, part of the Los Altos School District, Iocated in Los Altos, California, serves 450 students in seventh and eighth grades. Facilities at the school were unimproved since their construction in 1958, 1962-63 and 1978 and…

Emerging ZNE School Case Study: George V. LeyVa Middle School Administration Building

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The George V. LeyVa Middle School Administration Building was designed to be one of the first zero net energy (ZNE) public school buildings in California as well as the first zero net emissions public school building in California. This leading…

ZNE Case Study: West Berkeley Public Library

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The West Berkeley Public Library is the first verified zero net energy (ZNE) public library in California. Completed in late 2013, the 9,400-square-foot library produces as much or more energy than it consumes on an annual basis. To reach its…

Ultra-Low Energy School Case Study: San Francisco City College Multi-Use Building

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The San Francisco City College Multi-Use Building is a pioneering project for large, low-energy facilities. At 102,000 square feet, the building is one of the largest in the United States to rely nearly entirely on natural ventilation to meet fresh…

ZNE Multifamily Case Study: zHome Multifamily Complex

Case Study / October 10, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The zHome multifamily complex was the first zero net energy project of its kind in the United States. This complex is made up of 10 units and a shared community area. The design approach of the project centered on energy…

ZNE Portfolio Case Study: Gundersen Health System

Case Study / October 10, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

Gundersen Health System is the largest portfolio of buildings striving to reach zero net energy performance on a district wide scale in North America. The portfolio is made up of 45 new and existing buildings and spanning more than 2.5…

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.

Emerging ZNE K-12 School: Turkey Foot Middle School

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Kenton County School District believes “schools should use less energy, demonstrate sound environmental practices and serve as a fundamental tool for learning.” Since the District had experience with a formal energy management program that saved over $2 million since…

Ultra-Low Energy Building: The Ramona

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Ramona is a mixed-use development in the urban Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. The building hosts 138 units of affordable housing and two educational facilities. Portland Public Schools rents 13,000 SF for programs for children ages 3 to 6.…

ZNE Retail Bank Branch: TD Bank

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

TD Bank has been an environmental leader since 1990. As one of the ten largest banks in the United States, they chose to move beyond LEED certification to pilot a Zero Net Energy design for a retail bank branch in…

Emerging ZNE K-12 School: Dr. David Suzuki Public School

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Dr. David Suzuki Public School combines readily available and demonstration technologies to create a school building that serves as a living laboratory for 550 students in Windsor, Ontario. The two-story kindergarten through 8th grade school includes classrooms, a gymnasium,…

Emerging ZNE Building: Rice Fergus Miller Office and Studio

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

Rice Fergus Miller breathed new life into an abandoned 1948 Sears Automotive Center and positioned their new office solidly on the path to net zero. This urban infill transformation project took a dilapidated structure that had been abandoned for 23…

ZNE School: Putney Field House

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Putney Field House is located on a 461-acre parcel, with areas dedicated to forestry, education and agriculture. The site includes indigenous plantings and a production garden. The state-of-the art field house and wellness center was built to provide winter…

A ZNE Building: Leon County Cooperative Extension Office Building

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The mission of the Leon County Cooperative Extension is to educate the community about research performed at the University of Florida through interactive opportunities and demonstration sites. A recent retrofit of their 13,000 SF office was the perfect opportunity to…

ZNE District: Anna Maria Historic Green Village

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Anna Maria Historic Green Village is an unusual combination of historic restoration and modern technology. Owners Mike and Lizzie Thrasher have worked diligently to preserve four 100-year old buildings and merge history with state-of-the-art green technology, all while bringing…

ZNE Museum: Exploratorium

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

When the Exploratorium outgrew its old location at the Palace of Fine Arts, the City of San Francisco offered to provide Piers 15 and 17 on its historic waterfront as a larger relocation option for the science museum. After structurally…

ZNE Small Office Retrofit: Bacon Street Offices

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Bacon Street Office project is a 4,500 SF retrofit of a single-story, 1950’s-era auto repair shop into a high performance office for the firm ARCHITECTS hannah gabriel wells. Through creative design strategies, renewable energy generation and with support from…

ZNE Training Center: Zero Net Energy Center

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

When it came time to upgrade their training facility, the IBEW Local 595 and NECA chapters targeted net zero energy. They wanted to demonstrate that this goal was achievable and train their electrical contractors on the latest, cutting-edge energy efficiency…

ZNE Office: David and Lucille Packard Foundation

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

When the Packard Foundation started thinking about building a new headquarters, they wanted to make sure the final product reflected the organization’s values. These include conserving the Earth’s natural resources over the long-term, providing a comfortable and healthy space that…

Ultra-Low Energy High Rise Office: The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Headquarters

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy / Existing Buildings

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) headquarters is an ultralow-energy, Class A office building that pushes the norm in sustainable design. Located in downtown San Francisco, the 13-story building houses more than 900 employees who were previously located in…

Ultra-Low Energy Multifamily Residence: La Valentine North Townhomes

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy / Existing Buildings

The La Valentine North Townhome project is the result of a partnership between SMUD and the owner/developer of the project, Domus Development LLC. The 18-unit affordable multifamily development is a research and demonstration project in SMUD’s Townhouse Home of the…

ZNE K-12 School: Redding School for the Arts

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy / Existing Buildings

Redding School for the Arts in Northern California connects education and arts for K-8 students in a community of 90,000 people. The school was originally created in August 1999 in response to the rapid decline of arts programs in local…

ZNE Small Office Retrofit: DPR Construction

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy / Existing Buildings

Acting as owner, designer and contractor, DPR rehabbed a near-obsolete, 1984 building into a vibrant, zero-net energy multi-tenant office. DPR’s new 24,000 SF tenant improvement includes an open office space along with 11 conference rooms, a large gathering area and…

Case Study: PIER

Case Study / June 8, 2012

Using FirstView™ software and services, NBI analyzed 22 buildings involved in the State of California’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The participating projects were a broad distribution of type and California climate zones, with concentrations in the central and…

Case Study: StopWaste

Case Study / June 6, 2012

In March 2007, 31 staff at StopWaste.Org moved into a renovated building in downtown Oakland, California. Their goal was to transform a dilapidated, 14,000 SF, two-story structure into an attractive and environmentally responsible building. Built in 1926, the building is…

Case Studies of Applications for FirstView Software

Case Study / May 21, 2012

Several organizations and companies have utilized the FirstView™ software to analyze building energy performance. Some have relied on FirstView software for diagnostics to lead them to potential areas for improvement, while others have used FirstView software as a way to…

Case Study: USGBC Building Performance Program

Case Study / May 18, 2012

NBI's FirstView™ software and services have been used on over 200 LEED buildings involved in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Building Performance Partnership (BPP). BPP is a voluntary program designed to improve the performance of green buildings by providing a…

Lovejoy Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

In Portland, OR a retrofit of the existing load-bearing brick structure required a major seismic upgrade in this building. The architects used this as an opportunity for an integrated response to advanced structural upgrades, enhanced user thermal comfort and improved…

Johnson Braund Design Group Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

Johnson Braund Design Group (JBDG) in Seattle was able to dramatically improve their building’s energy performance, reduce operating costs and provide a test ground for energy-efficient design strategies to influence its clients. The JBDG Building now uses 69% less energy…

Christman Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The Christman in Lansing, MI is one of the few Triple LEED Platinum buildings designated by the USGBC LEED Program. The building is located in a climate zone comparable to Montana, northeast Washington and eastern Idaho, and its age and…

Aventine Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The Aventine in LaJolla, CA is a certified LEED Existing Building Platinum and has an Energy Star rating of 100, the highest possible, and uses just 23 kBtus/sf, 75% less than the national average for offices. Retrofits addressed high-energy loads…

1525 Wilson Boulevard Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

This all-electric building in Rossyln, VA used a combination of energy efficiency strategies, including replacing HVAC and lighting systems and providing tenant education. Energy use was reduced by 35% in just one year, resulting in savings over $250,000 on energy…

Mercy Corps Headquarters Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

This building in Portland, OR is 50% historic renovation and 50% new construction. The information in this profile addresses both the renovated and the new parts of the building. Pursuing energy efficiency supports their mission of sustainability, and lower operating…

Home On The Range Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

This Project Profile builds on a case study prepared by USGBC, including data on energy performance for one year, and provides updated owner feedback and energy use data. The actual energy use of the building in Billings, MT, is 46 kBtu/sf/yr, 51% better than the…

Beardmore Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The Beardmore in Priest River, Idaho has the distinction of being one of the few buildings in the country that is both LEED Gold certified and on the National Register of Historic Places. The project demonstrates a very successful renovation…

200 Market Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The 200 Market building in Portland, OR, has made continuous energy retrofits and system improvements. These efforts have moved the building from an ENERGY STAR score of 79 in 2006 to a score of 98 (out of 100) in 2010,…

Joseph Vance Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

Since its acquisition, significant investments have been made to renovate this building in Seattle to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance, as well as tenant experience. Occupancy increased from 68% to 96% and has seen increased rents, tenant retention and…

Alliance Center Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado launched a project titled “Modeling a Net Zero Future: Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings” to explore options that will enable it to approach a zero-net energy goal. Several documents developed for the project are referenced…

A Zero Energy Building: IDeAs Z2 Design Facility

Case Study / April 26, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

IDeAs’ new headquarters in San Jose, CA was designed to meet 100% of its net energy requirements using renewable energy from photovoltaics.

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Jane D’Aza Convent, House of Formation

Case Study / April 25, 2012

This series of smaller buildings in San Rafael, CA reflects a contemporary vision that includes a strong commitment to environmental responsibility.

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Wampanoag Tribal Headquarters

Case Study / April 25, 2012

This building serves as an administrative, educational, and social center for the Wampanoag tribe, which has inhabited Martha’s Vineyard for hundreds of years. The design approach embodies the traditional Native American belief system of interdependence and respect for nature.

A Zero Energy Building: Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

Achieving net-zero energy required a design that eliminated waste and maximized the use of renewable energy resources. This building in Rhinebeck, NY is purposely compact, organized to harvest daylight, solar energy, and cooling breezes to reduce energy needs

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

For this two-story building in Cupertino, CA the design process moved through six steps to responsibly approach carbon neutral operation and roughly track increasing cost effectiveness.

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Gilman Ordway Building at the Woods Hole Research Center

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

In Falmouth, MA a 19th-century summer home is respectfully adapted with the addition of a contemporary office, laboratory, and common spaces. The integration of passive-solar and energy-conservation strategies, optimal performance, and onsite renewable power generation make this building 83% more…

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Plano Elementary School

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

Plano Elementary School serves 435 students in Warren County, Kentucky. The building includes 32 classrooms, 14 offices, six resource centers, media center, gym, server room, and cafeteria with kitchen. There are 20 public schools in this district and five of…

A Zero Energy Building: Leslie Shao-Ming Sun Field Station at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

One of the explicit energy goals for this building was to achieve net-zero carbon emissions on a recurring annual basis. The most significant strategies employed to maximize energy conservation focused on the building’s cooling, heating, and lighting systems. Due to…

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Doyle Conservation Center

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

This training facility showcases the organization’s conservation activities. The LEED Gold rating reflects the mission of the Trustees of Reservations, which is “To preserve for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.”

A Case For Deep Savings: 11 Case studies of Deep Energy Retrofits

Case Study / August 23, 2011 / Deep Energy Retrofits

For NEEA’s BetterBricks program, New Buildings Institute investigated* 11 examples of energy retrofits in existing commercial buildings that, on average, use 50% less energy than the national average – most with an energy use intensity (EUI) of less than 40…

Measured Performance Case Study; Classroom & Office Building, UC Merced

Case Study / January 26, 2010

The Classroom and Office Building (COB) examined in this case study is one of five buildings in the initial phase of development at UC Merced. This case study examines the actual post-occupancy performance of COB in relation to design elements…

Measured Performance Case Study; Science & Engineering Building 1, UC Merced

Case Study / January 26, 2010

Science & Engineering (S&E) Building I is one of five buildings in the initial phase of development at UC Merced. This case study examines the actual post-occupancy energy performance of S&E in relation to design elements and objectives.

Tools & Guides

Share Your ZNE and Exemplary Commercial Building Project

Online Tool / June 24, 2016 / Outcome-Based Performance, Zero Net Energy

Wanted: North America’s most advanced commercial buildings! New Buildings Institute is initiating its annual review of advanced energy efficiency commercial projects including zero energy, emerging and ultra-low energy projects.

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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Getting to Zero Database

Online Tool / December 19, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance, Zero Net Energy

NBI works to identify, research, analyze and promote commercial buildings that are leaders in low- and –zero energy performance outcomes. Here you will find in-depth information about high performance buildings across the United States, Canada, and beyond. The database includes…

Key Performance Indicators for Commercial Buildings

Guideline / November 16, 2012 / Outcome-Based Performance

NBI has developed standardized Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for new or existing commercial buildings that provide feedback to designers, operators and tenants regarding energy use. This development work was funded through the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER)…