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New Code Aims to Ensure Green Buildings Really Are Green

The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) provides model code language for states and cities to establish baseline regulations for new and existing commercial buildings related to energy conservation, water efficiency, building waste, materials and other considerations. This article by Sustainable Facility references work by New Buildings Instutute. (11/3/2011) Read article

Proving Performance in the IgCC

Building Energy Performance Assessment News reported this article written by Dave Hewitt, Executive Director for NBI, about the consideration and vote on the first-ever model green code, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). (10/31/2011) Read article

COMNET partners with USGBC

The ES (Engineered Systems) E -Newsletter reported in October about the COMNET and USGBC partnership.The two entities are teaming up to enable LEED users to easily sync up data and information with LEED Online.(10/13/2011) See newsletter

Online Daylighting Tool helps Designers Create Daylit Spaces

ED+C  reports on the release of NBI’s Daylighting Pattern Guide, an online, no-cost resource to help industry professionals integrate proven daylighting strategies into commercial building projects. (9/19/2011) See article

A Guide to Daylighting Success

A study of spaces around the U.S. offers both proof of concept and valuable ammunition when making the daylighting case to architects and owners. September's LD + A magazine included this article about NBI's Daylighting Pattern Guide. The guide is a free web-based design resource for the implementation of proven daylighting design strategies in commercial buildings. (9/1/2011) Read article

Building a more energy efficient world

Executive Director, Dave Hewitt, is interviewed in the Vancouver Business Journal about the New Buildings Institute and the latest trends in buildings and energy efficiency. He discusses how most buildings (LEED included) could improve their energy efficiency by 10, 15, even 20 percent and the up-and-coming concept of net-zero designs. (8/19/2011) See article

A Step Closer to Net Zero

Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine's July cover story is about the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the role NBI's Core Performance played as a basis for the new model energy standard, and what the code changes mean for electrical professionals. (7/26/2011) See article

HVAC Action Plan Commends Contributor Leadership

Western HVAC Performance Alliance (WHPA), with NBI's Mark Cherniack, and others recognized for their significant contribution to the 2010-2012 HVAC Action Plan; this plan was designed to help achieve goals in the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. (8/1/2011) Read more

Meeting Sustainability Goals with Low-Energy Lighting

NBI's Barb Hamilton offers insights into advanced lighting's role in achieving net zero energy in commercial buildings in her article, "Meeting Sustainability Goals with Low-Energy Lighting" in ED+C. (6/30/2011) See article

New Buildings Institute receives Coalition’s highest award

NW Energy Coalition reports that its highest award, the Conservation Eagle, is given to NBI for its role in crafting national energy code. (6/22/2011) See article