Today kicked off the first day of the annual Living Future (Un)conference taking place this year in Seattle, Washington.
Four employees from the Vancouver, Washington office, including Executive Director Dave Hewitt, will be joining NBI’s Technical Director Mark Frankel in Seattle to attend the conference for “deep green professionals”. Read more »
Fifteen new commercial building projects will push the limits of energy performance under a pilot program offered by the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO). The Path to Net-Zero pilot program is targeting buildings that will achieve the lowest possible energy use goal of net-zero, meaning the building gets all the energy it needs from renewable sources, preferably sources located on the building’s footprint. Read more »
As the calendar switches from 2009 to 2010 the attention being given to energy codes is seeming to intensify. A recent post titled "4 Green Building Trends to Watch in 2010" by the popular green innovation blog earth2tech identified energy codes that result in greater energy efficiency as something worth watching in the new year. We could not agree more.
Read more about what NBI is doing in the realm of Advanced Energy Codes.
November 20, 2009 - 4:59pm | By New Buildings I...
Last week, CB Richard Ellis and the University of San Diego presented "Do Green Buildings Make Dollars and Sense?" at the annual USGBC GreenBuild conference in Phoenix, AZ. The study compared 154 Energy Star labeled buildings in 10 selected markets to general office properties in the market. All of the buildings in the survey set were managed by CBRE. Read more »
November 11, 2009 - 4:06pm | By New Buildings I...
Due to our continued work in the field of measured performance, NBI is encouraged to see other organizations conducting significant research in this realm. Contributing perspectives such as this one, not only broadens the conversation, but also serves to reinforce the importance of this work. Read more »
Model energy codes that require 30% better efficiency just got a step closer to reality. NBI's major energy code proposal, EC 147, was approved on a 6-5 vote last Friday (October 30) at the IECC Code Development Hearings in Baltimore, Maryland.
October 23, 2009 - 10:07am | By New Buildings I...
The energy efficiency field is comprised of many groups and organizations conducting and publishing important work. Occasionally NBI comes across a report that not only helps to inform our efforts but which we consider critical to the advancement of energy efficiency measures. Read more »
In what can only be considered encouraging news, Massachusetts continues its aggressive pursuit of zero net energy buildings. This year, the Commonwealth adopted a new “stretch code” and the governor-appointed Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force released its comprehensive report, "Getting to Zero." Read more »