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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 CityPortland 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

These Small Business Segments Make Super Customers

In 2013, Preservation Green Lab (PGL) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI) reported on seven small building segments with high energy savings potential: food service, main street buildings, freestanding offices, strip malls, schools, freestanding retail and lodging. This inspired Diana Husmann, Analyst, Offering Development Group, to create her own list of small business segments Nexant often targets in their Small Business programs, along with reasons why these segments make such great customers. (7/16/2015) Read blog

Net-Zero Cities Aren’t Possible, You Say? Some Are Underway Today

From an environmental perspective, cities are already responsible for the majority of the planet’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To meaningfully battle climate change and stay within our carbon budget, getting things right at the urban scale is critical. This article from Line/Shape/Space reports about the needs, actions and future of our buildings and urban areas. It references NBI's report, "2014 Getting to Zero Status Update." NBI tracked a growing pack of projects—with the majority of square footage in the education sector—reaching for net-zero energy. (7/15/2015) Read article

Tool to Assess Value of Building Retrofits reported that a new web application can identify energy savings opportunities. The Retrofit Savings Estimator, created by NBI, uses general factors such as size, heating and cooling types, and building operation schedules as well as more technical details to create custom simulations and identify the relative value of potential changes. (6/25/2015) Read more

New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge

The New Construction Guide has also been incorporated as the prescriptive path to comply with the energy prerequisites for both USGBC’s LEED v4 and the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools standard. The guide has also been adopted as the basis for the prescriptive path for complying with the energy code in the city of Boulder, Colorado, currently the most stringent in the country.This news was reported by Rethink Energy and Design. (6/3/2015) Read more

Getting to Zero: What's in Store for Ultra-Efficient Buildings

It’s rare to be able to look 20 years down the road and see what’s coming next. Current trends in zero-energy buildings offer one of those opportunities, and with a potentially large payoff. This article was written by Ralph DiNola, CEO, in Construction Executive. (6/1/2015) Read article

Experts Examine Future of Energy Performance

Several recent news articles have referenced the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance report published by the National Institute of Building Sciences and NBI. The report examines opportunities, barriers, and next steps associated with the commercial building industry’s transition from design-phase estimates of energy use based on models to measurements of performance outcomes based on actual energy use. Read more »