Monthly Briefing Webinars

As a technical resource for both the green building and energy efficiency industries, New Building Institute (NBI) is in a unique position to offer insight on progress being made toward better energy performance in commercial buildings. As such, we would like to share what we're learning with NBI stakeholders during regular briefings scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of each month.
 
These invitation-only, 30- to 40-minute briefings will be conducted via webinar and include a short presentation and time for discussion. Stakeholder briefings will cover topics such as: 

  • policy issues that help or hinder better energy performance in buildings,
  • energy-efficient technologies and design strategies with potential to reduce energy use in buildings,
  • new tools and resources that can help design teams improve efficiency, and
  • what it will take to move best practice along the path to net zero.

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Current Webinar Presentation

June 26, 2013 Audio recording: Keeping Cool - Results from an Indirect/Direct Evaporative Cooled RTU Field Test

June 26, 2013 Presentation: Keeping Cool - Results from an Indirect/Direct Evaporative Cooled RTU Field Test

Additional resources
Indirect/Direct Evaporative Cooled RTU Field Test Final Report


Past Webinar Presentations

May 22, 2013 Audio Recording: A Search for Consistent Metrics to Measure Energy Savings from Lighting Controls

May 22, 2013 Presentation: A Search for Consistent Metrics to Measure Energy Savings from Lighting Controls (PDF 1.36 MB)

Additional Resources

White paper: Establishing a Data Collection Methodology, Common Metrics and the Lighting Energy Code Comparison for Lighting Control Systems Research (PDF 1.14 MB)


April 24, 2013 Audio Recording: Key Performance Indicators

April 24, 2013 Presentation: Key Performance Indicators (PDF 2.64 MB)

Additional Resources

Key Performance Indicators web pages

Sensitivity Analysis Presentation (PDF 1.57 MB)

Report- Sensitivity Analysis: Comparing the Impact of Design, Operation, and Tenant Behavior on Building Energy Performance (9.76 MB PDF)

Audio Recording: FirstView Diagnostic Tool for Building Energy Performance

FirstView web pages


February 20, 2013 Audio Recording: Researching Efficient Lighting Data & Trends

February 20, 2013 Presentation: Researching Efficient Lighting Data & Trends (PDF 3.23 MB)


October 24, 2012 Audio Recording: Efficiency Program Strategies & Tools for Multifamily

October 24, 2012 Presentation: Efficiency Program Strategies & Tools for Multifamily (PDF 2.32 MB)

Additional Resources on NBI's Multifamily Initiative

Multifamily Prospectus


September 26, 2012 Presentation: Plug Load Best Practices Guide (PDF, 859 KB)

September 26, 2012 Audio Recording: Plug Load Best Practices Guide

Additional Resources on Plug Load Best Practices

Plug Load Best Practices Guide

Commercial Office Plug Load Savings and Assessment: Executive Summary

NRDC Research on Server Rooms

Top Ten USA

EPEAT


May 30, 2012 Presentation: FirstView Diagnostic Tool for Building Energy Performance (PDF 858 KB)

May 30, 2012 Audio Recording: FirstView Diagnostic Tool for Building Energy Performance  (no longer available on-demand)

April 25, 2012 Presentation: COMNET Portals for Quality Assurance in Energy Modeling (PDF 1 MB)

April 25, 2012 Audio Recording: COMNET Portals for Quality Assurance in Energy Modeling (no longer available on-demand)

March 28, 2012 Presentation: Energy Efficiency and the IgCC (PDF 946 KB)

March 28, 2012 Audio Recording: Energy Efficiency and the IgCC (no longer available on-demand)

Jan 25, 2012 Presentation: Office Plug Loads (PDF 2.09 MB)

Jan 25, 2012 Audio Recording: Office Plug Loads (no longer available on-demand)

Nov 30, 2011 Presentation: Strategies for Increasing Efficiency of RTUs (PDF 3.23 MB)

Nov 30, 2011 Audio Recording: Strategies for Increasing Efficiency of RTUs (no longer available on-demand)

Oct 26, 2011 Presentation: Sensitivity Analysis (PDF 1.57 MB)

Oct 26, 2011 Audio Recording: Sensitivity Analysis (no longer available on-demand)

Sep 28, 2011 Presentation: Designing for Meterability (PDF 709 KB)

Sep 28, 2011 Audio Recording: Designing for Meterability (no longer available on-demand)

July 27, 2011 Presentation: Zero Energy Buildings (PDF 779 KB)

July 27, 2011 Audio Recording: Zero Energy Buildings (no longer available on-demand)

June 22, 2011 Presentation: The Shifting Energy Code Landscape (PDF 350 KB)

Audio recordings for presentations over a year old are available to send via Dropbox. Please contact Connie Umphress if you are interested in viewing any of these presentations.


Factsheets & Reports

Commercial Office Plug Load Savings and Assessment Executive Summary

The Shifting Energy Code Landscape (PDF 81 KB)

Sensitivity Analysis Report (PDF 9.76 MB)


Additional Resources

"2007 The Cost of Green Revisited" - This Davis Langdon study takes a second look at the question of the cost of incorporating sustainable design features into projects, this paper builds on the work undertaken in the earlier paper "Costing Green: A Comprehensive Cost Database and Budget Methodology," released in 2004.

High Performance Building Case Studies - NBI has developed a database of high performance buildings that perform 30 percent better than CBECS 2003. Many of them have measured performance data, which is a criteria by which users can sort. They can also be sorted by climate. Several of the zero energy and zero energy-capable buildings are included in the database.

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