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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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