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Cornerstone or weak link? Unraveling the mystery of control systems in ZNE buildings

Monitoring and control systems are at the nexus of buildings and successful zero net energy (ZNE) performance, but little is understood about them, a new report conducted by NBI and released by the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) contends. "The findings of this study will help manufacturers target improvements, design teams to better integrate controls and work with contractors more effectively, and utilities to identify program priorities leading to a next generation of buildings that can be on the path to zero," said NBI CEO Ralph DiNola in this article from SmartGridNews. (11/24/2015) Read article

What will energy codes look like in 2020?

Green building standards are influencing residential energy code, and vice versa. In this article published by Propane Jim Edelson, director of codes and policy at NBI, stated "It is likely that there will be a time in the next few decades when net zero buildings will be required by code to meet our society's demands in the face of environmental challenges." (10/27/2015) Read article

The Retrofit Savings Estimator

Building owners considering an energy-efficiency upgrade now have a new tool to help them weigh their options and choose strategies that will optimize energy savings or target the biggest opportunities among a portfolio of buildings. NBI has released a beta version of a new web based software tool. The Retrofit Savings Estimator is a free resource that allows those interested to learn more about the energy performance of an existing building and evaluate the potential savings from a deep retrofit. This article was written by Alexi Miller, Senior Project Manager, and published in retrofit magazine. (10/1/2015) Read article

Reliable Retrofit Analysis Anyone Can Do

As we advance toward a more energy-efficient built environment, building owners are seeking guidance on how to maximize the energy performance of their buildings. Many owners are concerned about the cost and effectiveness of the tools necessary to achieve this goal, but tools such as the Retrofit Savings Estimator help streamline the energy analysis process, Colorado Real Estate Journal reported. (9/2/2015) Read article

Danfoss' Galyen: Incentives Will Boost Building Technology Development

On September 17, John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America, addressed the importance of taking a holistic approach to improving the efficiency of the U.S. commercial building stock as part of a broad objective to double energy productivity. Galyen was joined by representatives of New Buildings Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, National Grid, Johnson Controls, and other leading energy efficiency advocates for a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., entitled Reinventing Existing Buildings: The Path to Increasing Energy Productivity, reported Contracting Business. (9/24/2015) Read article

DOE Releases Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, Campuses, and Communities

"NIBS and USDOE have created a set of clear and concise definitions for zero energy buildings that will help to narrow the broad array of terminology currently used in the industry,” said Ralph DiNola, CEO of New Buildings Institute. After leading an extensive stakeholder engagement process over the past year and a half, the Energy Department released its findings in the recently published A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings. Read more

Homes Make as Much Energy as They Use

Will zero-net-energy homes be the wave of the future? Scientific American published this article about ZNE homes and buildings. Across the United States, but especially in California, ZNE residential and commercial buildings are growing in number. The article references NBI and includes information from our ZNE Status Update. (8/21/2015) Read article

Four Reasons Building Performance Is Worse Than Predicted

It’s common for energy use to far exceed what models predict. Should outcome-based measures be the new standard? This article published by Environmental Business News provides highlights from the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance Summit report written by the National Institute for Building Science (NIBS) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI). The report outlines some of the reasons that building performance is worse than predicted, including barriers to achieving energy goals. (9/1/2015) Read article

Why a leading building energy group relocated from Washington to Portland

After operating for 18 years in Vancouver, Washington, White Salmon, Washington and Hood River, New Buildings Institute has relocated to the Rose City. Portland Business Journal caught up with Ralph DiNola, CEO, to find out more about the move and upcoming agenda. (8/6/2015) Read article

The home that pays its own utility bill (and then some)

A movement to develop homes that produce more energy than they use is beginning to gain ground. This article from Christian Science Monitor quotes NBI's Communications Director. (7/16/2015) Read article