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Colorado buildings rank high in new energy-use database

The Denver Business Journal reported that Colorado is third among states with the most buildings that are either "net zero" in terms of energy use or are exceptionally energy efficient. This is according to a new database compiled by NBI that tracks commercial energy use. The Getting to Zero Database launched last week and features more than 280 buildings from across the country. Visit database

Getting to Zero Buildings Database Launches

If you've been wondering where the greenest buildings are - including net-zero energy - take a look at New Building Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database, reported SustainableBusiness.com. So far, it includes 280 buildings in the US and Canada (and select projects elsewhere), in all climate zones and sizes, mostly office buildings (134) and schools (69), but also other types like wineries, nursing homes and courthouses. 37 are net-zero energy, all of which have at least a year's worth of data that proves performance. There are also some notable community solutions, such as the Greensburg, Kansas Sustainable Master Plan. (12/11/2014) Read article

Provisions adopted into the 2015 IgCC can assist progressive communities meet energy goals

Cities and states looking at energy efficient buildings to help meet energy goals are getting a boost from the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), reported RealEstateRama. Four critical proposals that will drive significant improvements in building energy performance were approved when final voting on the model energy code closed earlier this month. New Buildings Institute (NBI) joined with an assortment of industry representatives to educate the industry, which helped to convince the IgCC committee and the ICC membership to favor the proposal. (12/2/2014) Read article

Absolute Zero: U.S. is Closer to Building Zero-Net Energy Communities

From high-rises to subdivisions, the U.S. is getting closer to building sustainable and resilient zero-net energy communities. Doing more with less — it’s an axiom the public sector has heard for years. Usually such a call to action is based on rising demand and limited budget. But it also describes what is achievable when communities take committed action to reduce energy consumption. Serious efforts to reduce energy use is leading to the ultimate doing-more-with-less goal — achieving zero-net energy (ZNE) communities. This vision encompasses homes and commercial buildings that use on-site systems and renewable sources to generate at least as much energy as they consume. Government Technology magazine reported in this article that references NBI's work. (11/12/2014) Read article

Energy efficiency and solar: Beer and wine or gin & tonic?

Traditionally, energy efficiency and solar have been thought of like beer and wine – two great options that belong in separate glasses. More recently, however, they have become like gin and tonic – two great options that are best together. What has changed and why? This blog from Peregrine Energy Group explains with references to New Buildings Institute’s work. (10/22/2014) Read blog

Approaching Zero

Design teams reach the once-elusive goal of creating buildings that produce as much energy as they consume, reports Architectural Record. A building that produces all the energy it requires, without sacrifices to its operations or concessions of human comfort, might sound like pie in the sky. But according to the New Buildings Institute (NBI), 160 commercial and institutional buildings in the U.S. are targeting or have achieved net zero energy—meaning that, over the course of a year, they produce at least as much energy from renewable sources as they consume. (10/1/2014) Read article

New Energy Code Approach Could Be Industry Game-Changer

When Seattle's Supply Laundry Building opened in 1906, building codes looked rather different than they do today. And energy codes weren't yet a gleam in even the most progressive politician's eye. These days, however, after a full renovation and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the building (along with two other pilots in Seattle) is serving as a test case for a new type of energy code compliance, one that has the potential to be nothing short of an industry game-changer. The Supply Laundry Building is using an outcome-based method of compliance that will require actual energy usage data. FacilitiesNet recently reported on outcome-based codes. (10/1/2014) Read article

Getting to Zero: The New Wave of Building Efficiency

Cathy Higgins, Research Director was interviewed for Green Technology Magazine. The article discusses the evolution of ZNE buildings and prospects for schools. (10/13/2014) Read more

System Control Offers Increased HVAC Efficiency For Smaller Buildings

Environmental Leader reported on new technology in heating, venting and air conditioning building automation systems for small- and mid-sized buildings. The article references a 2004 New Buildings Institute study, which found that 91 percent of the packaged rooftop units tested had at least one problem that increased cooling energy consumption by 5 to 40 percent. (8/14/2014) Read article

Zero Net Energy the newest trend in High Performance Buildings

New England Real Estate Journal reported that ZNE seems to be trending throughout Massachusetts and across North America. ZNE buildings currently contribute to a small fraction of all green buildings, but if you have sat through a presentation or read an industry article lately, you know the market is changing. The article references New Buildings Institute (NBI) research. Zero Net Energy buildings as buildings with greatly reduced energy loads such that, averaged over a year, 100% of the buildings' energy use can be met with onsite renewable energy technologies. (9/5/2014) Read article

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