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Daylighting as a Cost-Effective Solution

Existing buildings can maximize sunlight use without making structural changes. In this article, from Buildings, Barb Hamilton, Senior Lighting Manager for the NBI, offers three strategies to maximize daylight and minimize artificial light. (2/24/2012) Read article

Barnstable Airport energy efficiency paying off

The renovated Barnstable Airport has been awarded $60,570 in incentive funds from Cape Light Compact for making its new Hyannis passenger terminal and air traffic control tower highly energy efficient, reported Wicked Local Barnstable. Cape Light Compact subscribes to the Advanced Buildings Core Performance Program, developed and managed by the New Buildings Institute. (2/23/2012) Read article

International Green Construction Code Approved With Energy Efficiency, Metering Requirements

The IgCC, is scheduled to debut early this spring, some states and cities have already begun implementing many of the code's provisions for commercial buildings. The recently finalized version will soon become the nation's first official model green building code. NBI Project Analyst, Sean Denniston is quoted in this article about the code.(2/21/2012) Read article

Airport Earns Cash for Energy Savings

Barnstable Municipal Airport has been awarded $60,570 in incentive funds from Cape Light Compact for making its new Hyannis passenger terminal and air traffic control tower highly energy efficient. Cape Light Compact subscribes to the Advanced Buildings Core Performance Program, developed and managed by New Buildings Institute. (1/18/2012) Read article

NBI Study: The Impact Of Design Decisions, Operations And Tenant Behavior On Building Energy Use

With growing energy needs to run equipment, architects and engineers can only go so far in delivering on energy efficiency in today's commercial buildings. Facilitiesnet reports, a study by NBI summarizes the extent to which operations and occupant behavior impact a building's energy use compared to design characteristics. (12/8/2011) Read article

Paying Attention to Energy Consumption

What has a bigger impact on a building’s energy use: occupant behavior or design characteristics? A recent study uncovers how buildings use energy and what aspects of a building’s performance should garner increased attention reports Construtech(12/7/2011) Read article

Telling Builders to Build Greener Without Saying How

Outcome-based code concept developed by Preservation Green Lab with technical help from New Buildings Institute. A restored building project in Seattle will have to meet an overall target: 50 percent less energy than the national average for a building of its size and type. This marks a new kind of path toward more energy efficient buildings,The Atlantic Cities reports (12/05/2011). Read article

Tenants, Operation Key to Building Performance

HVAC&R Industry reports that NBI's Sensitivity Analysis found that best practices in building operations can reduce energy use 10% to 20% across all climate zones. Poor operations practices can increase energy use 30% to 60% or more. (12/1/2011) Read article

Impact of Design Decisions, Operations and Tenants on Building Energy Use

A new analysis informs architects and owners how to ensure efficiency measures save, ED+C magazine reports. A new study by New Buildings Institute (NBI) summarizes the extent to which operations and occupant behavior impact a building's energy use compared to design characteristics.(11/30/2011) Read article

NBI study shows impact of design decisions, operations and tenant behavior on building energy use

RealEstateRama, an internet based real estate news source, reported on NBI's recent study, Sensitivity Analysis: Comparing the Impact of Design, Operation, and Tenant Behavior on Building Energy Performance. The study compares and quantifies the impacts of operational and tenant practices relative to design features on building energy use. (11/29/2011) Read article

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