Advanced Design

Advanced Buildings

Advanced Buildings is a suite of tools and resources to help design teams create high performance buildings. Advanced Buildings guidance and other information describes what works in energy-efficient building design strategies and low-
energy technologies. Read More

Existing Buildings

Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Typical commercial buildings use, on average, twice the energy of efficient buildings. With roughly 80 billion square feet of existing commercial space in the United States, updating existing buildings is a critical pathway to meeting climate and energy policy goals, utility efficiency targets and real estate objectives. Read more

Getting to 50 and Beyond

NBI’s Getting to 50 initiative looks at design strategies and policy issues that will create buildings that are 50% more energy efficient than current standards. A survey in 2007 found that only one in 1,000 buildings met this level of performance.  Net-zero-energy buildings are the ultimate goal; NBI's Getting to 50 efforts create the stepping stones to get there. Read More

Multifamily Buildings

Multifamily buildings offer a largely untapped opportunity for improving energy efficiency. Despite the tremendous potential, the multifamily market is hard to penetrate due to complexities in market structure and split incentives. More attention is being paid to overcoming these barriers. With support from the MacArthur Foundation, NBI is working with industry partners to accelerate best practices. Read more

Zero Energy

Zero net energy (ZNE) has unprecedented potential to transform the way buildings use energy. This ultra-efficiency goal is one that owners can define, design teams can reach for and occupants desire. ZNE buildings use no more energy over the course of the year than they produce from on-site renewable sources. NBI is working on a number of efforts described below that are related to zero net energy performance in commercial buildings. Read more

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