About Us

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 Columbia Gorgeadvocates 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.

While NBI is working to achieve net-zero energy buildings—those that meet all power needs through renewable resources—we recognize that they are not easily attainable today. The good news is that buildings with significantly better performance than current standards are possible. 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 2012 Annual Report or subscribe to one of our newsletters, sent by email, to find out more about our work.

NBI works nationally with offices located in the state of Washington. 


Throughout its history, starting in 1997, NBI has become a trusted and independent resource providing guidance and project management services to energy efficiency advocates and commercial building professionals. Among its funders and project partners are the Energy Foundation, U.S. Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects, U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and leading electric utilities and public benefits administrators.

NBI’s Board of Directors is a virtual Who’s Who among the energy efficiency and green building fields. Natural Resources Defense Council, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ComEd, National Grid, the U.S. Green Building Council and Pacific Gas & Electric Company are some of the organizations represented on our Board.

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Jeff Johnson (Nov. 6, 1956 - May 15, 2005)
Former Executive Director of NBI, Jeff influenced building efficiency and performance through his passion, enthusiasm, intellect and collaboration.

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