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Publish Date: July, 2010

This paper observes that a key problem with current energy code practice is the difficulty in determining what level of performance the codes are delivering. Current energy code practice is based on estimated energy use of a theoretical sample of buildings that meet all code requirements.

It goes on to suggest that a possible solution to many of these problems is to calibrate energy codes to actual building performance. By determining how buildings that are built to code are really performing, a wide range of new opportunities for code improvement becomes available.

(excerpted from the forthcoming white paper from New Buildings Institute)

The Future of Energy Codes (101.22 KB PDF)
Publish Date: July, 2010

This paper outlines a list of guiding principles developed by a coalition, from the Northwest region, that formed to develop new approaches that will allow codes to continue to have a major impact on reducing building energy consumption. Recognizing the inherent limits of current code structures, the group discussed strategies such as the inclusion of performance tests, expanding regulation to operations and maintenance, building-type specific codes, consumption limits and new enforcement mechanisms.

Presented at the 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

Publish Date: July, 2010

This paper presents 1) an overview of current policy drivers for increased information on low-energy buildings, 2) the case for the value of increased data to support that direction, 3) a summary of the sizes, types and measures used by buildings striving for low energy from the GT50 dataset and 4) the approach and results on a pilot measured performance case study. 

Presented at the 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

Publish Date: July, 2010

This paper describes target setting, modeling, and performance validation approaches adopted from the outset by the new University of California, Merced campus, including detailed results for one building. Successes and lessons learned in implementing this process can support other building projects on the trajectory toward zero net energy, as well as provide insights for
program design, implementation, and evaluation.

Presented at the 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

Publish Date: July, 2010

If we are to look to buildings for significant reduction in our total energy consumption, we will need a regulatory framework that can significantly improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings. However, there are significant obstacles within current energy code frameworks. This paper discusses these challenges and opportunities.

Presented at the 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

Publish Date: May, 2010

NBI Technical Director Mark Frankel spoke about building feedback and performance measurement at the Living Futures Unconference in Seattle in May 2010. In this presentation, he outlines the variables that impact building energy performance, current and promising tools and methods for collecting and comparing information about building energy use, and what key issues designers and building portfolio managers need to consider when evaluating actual building performance.

Publish Date: April, 2010

Based on Core Performance and working with key national partners, NBI’s work in advanced codes seeks to further develop and implement better energy codes at national and local levels.  This graphic illustrates many of the relationships of NBI's code work to efforts across the country.

Publish Date: April, 2010

A presentation on the Future of Commercial Codes by  Mark Halverson of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Publish Date: March, 2010

Mark Frankel spoke at the Stegner Center Fifteenth Annual Symposium on the Challenge of Sustainability on March 13, 2010. This presentation explains why green buildings matter and the current state of building energy performance and how we can optimize energy efficiency in commercial buildings.

Publish Date: February, 2010

NBI, along with the American Institute of Architects, is working with cities and states to support development of strong energy requirements in building energy codes. This factsheet details these efforts and ways to tap into available resources. In addition, this piece explains NBI, AIA and USDOE proposals for comprehensive changes to national model energy codes.

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