In the News

Design Shifts To Performance

Right now in the building industry it feels like there is a huge leap project teams and building owners are trying to make from targeting design improvements, beyond energy codes and standards, to targeting real performance and measurements. Neil Bulger, a Professional Engineer with Integral Group, writes in his blog and mentions NBI’s work. Read more

Industry Proposes Innovative Method for Implementing Green Construction Code

An “Outcome-based Pathway,” was submitted as a proposed code change to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). It appears in the monograph of IgCC proposed changes that the International Code Council released March 15, 2014 for public review. This pathway was developed as a result of representatives and organizations coming together from across the building industry under the leadership of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Read more »

2014 Getting to Zero Status Update

Several recent newsletter articles have referenced NBI's "2014 Getting to Zero Status Update", in addition to the radio story, OR Middle School Makes the Grade for "Zero Net Energy".

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Codes, Standards + Rating Systems

It’s time to increase our focus on building operations and occupancy issues. Mark Frankel, AIA, technical director for NBI and the Vision 2020 chair for Codes, Standards + Rating Systems wrote this article for EcoHome. Outcome-based policies, regulations, and incentives that promote ongoing building performance are critical to achieving 2030 goals. (12/9/2013) Read article

Energy Management Trends: The Power Of Plugs

An article written by Cathy Higgins, Research Director, and Dan Harris, P.E. was published by Today’s Facility Manager. The article reports that plug loads are the fastest growing energy use item in commercial buildings and can represent as much as 50% of the energy use in an office building and includes recent research by New Buildings Institute on office equipment energy use and savings strategies. (10/3/2013) Read article

International Code Council Approves Stringent New Requirements for Historical Structures

Updates to the 2015 IECC update parameters for historic buildings and set guidelines for their renovation. This article, about the IECC changes that were proposed by a team of industry representatives that included New Buildings Institute, was recently published in Architect. Sean Denniston, Project Manager, was interviewed for the article. (10/28/2013) Read more

State officials, advocates shrug as Senate bill, federal leadership stall

Executive Director, Ralph DiNola is quoted in this recent article from Environment & Energy Daily about the energy bill put on the Senate floor, S. 1392. The Senate bill is about voluntary building codes and grant programs. DiNola notes the importance of grass roots efforts at the state level in the absence of federal legislation. (9/19/2013) Read article

Enlighted's Technology Increases Employee Comfort and Reduces Lighting Power by 59% at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

MarketWatch reported that NEEA, NBI and Enlighted collaborated on a study that found when given the option, individuals chose less light. Organizations could substantially reduce their utility bills while improving employee satisfaction. (7/23/2013) Read article

Prepare to Measure Performance

NBI announced that Ralph DiNola, a LEED Fellow, immediate-past board chair of the Living Future Institute, and founder and partner at Green Building Services, has been named as the new executive director. As he settled into his first week at NBI, caught up with him. (6/17/2013) Read interview

Building The Capacity To Increase Net Zero Construction

Forbes magazine features zero net energy buildings with an article highlighting the newly opened Zero Net Energy Center in California. The article cites NBI’s Getting to Zero list of 21 verified ZNE buildings. The center will serve as a net zero training facility for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and National Electrical Contractors Association. (6/5/2013) Read article