New Buildings Institute Blog

Vermont is Willing to Stretch for Efficiency

Vermont adopted a “stretch code” for building energy efficiency in the spring of 2013. The stretch code will be developed through a public, statewide process and will then be available for local adoption by towns that want to go above and beyond the statewide energy code. NEEP’s guest-blogger George Twigg, Director of Public Affairs at Efficiency Vermont shares his perspective. Read blog

Energy Department Invests to Save Small Buildings Money by Saving Energy

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Following the recent release of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) announced an investment that will reduce energy use while helping U.S. businesses reduce costs. A $10 million investment by USDOE is funding six projects to reduce carbon pollution and energy bills in small commercial buildings by increasing energy efficiency. Read more »

Getting to Zero National Forum Blog

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Zero-net energy (ZNE) buildings, ultra-energy-efficient structures that produce as much energy on site than they consume over the course of a year, are gaining ground and national attention. NBI is partnering with NASEO to host “Getting to Zero National Forum” September 17-18. Attendees will share perspectives on the growth of ZNE policies and projects and discuss the future. In the meantime, a blog has been created to share ZNE related news and information leading up to the event. Follow the blog

Regulatory Rewards

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Small government. Big government. Over-regulation. Race to the bottom.

We frequently see these black-and-white characterizations of government regulation. Not just characterizations, but caricatures in some cases. We say, “Stifling!” “Handcuffs on business!” Read more »

NBI milestone gives cause for reflection

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NBI has released its FY2012 Annual Report. Here is the opening letter from Executive Director Dave Hewitt and Board President David Goldstein. Read more »

Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New: Energy Efficiency Outlook for 2013

2012 was a good year for energy efficiency, and 2013 portends to be even better.

In 2012, states, municipalities, and federal agencies largely completed their energy efficiency programs using funds from the 2009 federal stimulus. Notable milestones included weatherizing more than 1 million low-income homes and apartments and establishing energy efficiency loan programs in more than 30 states. Read more »

No Better Time to Talk Energy Codes

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The remarkable events of the last few weeks, from a heated presidential election to “Superstorm” Sandy that left unanticipated destruction in its wake, brought with them new questions and much needed debate about our nation's energy challenges. Last week saw an end to a campaign that, for many, continuously sidestepped discussions about energy independence, efficiency and conservation on the heels of a storm that swept those very issues back onto the tongues of politicians and policy-makers alike. Not to mention green building and energy sector players. Read more »

NBI Puts High Performance HVAC Units to the Test

The Daikin McQuay Rebel Rooftop Unit (RTU) now sits on the rooftop of NBI’s main office in Vancouver, WA. In May of this year, the U.S. Read more »

The Not-So-New Next Big Thing: Retrofits

For several years, NBI has been exploring and researching strategies to drive deep energy savings across the existing commercial building sector. As we've noted before, there are upwards of 71.6 billion square feet of commercial space across the U.S. and significant energy savings potential to go with that. It's certainly a wise energy investment. Read more »

5 Steps to Plug Load Savings

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In the goal of reducing energy costs, businesses–-even those in the energy efficiency industry--have historically focused on upgrades to equipment and facilities, while largely ignoring occupant behavior. But as building systems improve in efficiency, the human side of the energy equation is becoming more important. Read more »