The COMNET Energy Modeling Portal is the subject of the USGBC article, A Closer Look at LEED Automation. It states that the COMNET portal saves time by automating the upload of modeling information directly to LEED Online and increases accuracy by eliminating data entry errors. (11/30/2012) Read article
In U.S. building industry, is it too easy to be green?
In this USA Today article they reference a 2008 NBI report written in part by Mark Frankel, Technical Director. The report found LEED buildings used on average 24% less energy but that roughly a third used more energy than conventional counterparts. (10/24/2012) Read article
Vermont Mutual Insurance Group wanted their building to perform in the most energy-efficient way. Their project team worked with Efficiency Vermont to follow the Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide. Tracey Beckstrom, Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, wrote about the experience and savings in EDC magazine. (9/1/2012) Read article
LEED Compliance Gets Easier
Several news sources reported on NBI's recent release of the COMNET Energy Modeling Portal. This online platform is one of the first LEED automation tools available. It can collect energy modeling simulation results, perform quality assurance checks and submit the results to LEED Online. This service will save time and reduce errors in LEED submittals for users. Read more »
How Low Can You Go?
Today’s Facility Manager featured NBI’s Getting to Zero 2012 Status Update in their article "How Low Can You Go?". Communications Director, Stacey Hobart explains how the use of building technologies can help achieve a zero net energy goal. (7/1/2012) Read article
Tenants Look to Reduce Office Equipment Power Consumption
The green building movement in India is now so deep and vast that it promises to change the course of its construction industry, reports The Economic Times. This article references a 2008 study commissioned by NBI that showed some green buildings do not save energy as much as planned. Many green buildings now avoid this problem by using smart technologies. (6/21/2012) Read article
Deep Retrofits Promise Positive Returns
Deep retrofit examples, their strategies, related benefits, and their potential are described in an article published in Building Operating Management. These examples are drawn from NBI's study A Search for Deep Energy Savings and include comments from Mark Lyles, NBI Project Analyst, as well as other experts.(6/7/2012) Read article