About Us

Founded in 1997, 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 advocates 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.

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 2015 Progress Report and subscribe to our mailing list to learn more about NBI news and events.


Throughout its history 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, 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, National Grid, the U.S. Green Building Council and Pacific Gas and Electric Company are just some of the organizations represented on our Board.

Learn more and share this information with this factsheet about NBI.

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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