In the News

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

Reconstructing building codes for greater energy efficiency

To move towards an energy-saving future, governments are adopting new and strengthening existing building codes, hoping others will follow their lead. This May 2011 article released by Governing mentions NBI’s work in performance based energy codes and quotes Senior Project Manager Jim Edelson. (5/24/2011) See article

Key energy data hit hard by federal budget cuts

A recent article in the online magazine “Green Source” reports on the suspension of the 2011 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey and quotes NBI Technical Director Mark Frankel. (5/13/2011)  See article

Learning from performance

The Spring 2011 edition of High Performing Buildings magazine includes an article co-written by NBI Program Director, Cathy Higgins and CIEE’s Karl Brown. Read this article and find out what can be learned from NBI’s dataset of highly energy efficient buildings. Included are details about the University of California, Merced, Classroom. (4/1/2011) See article

As more commercial buildings go green, a few go 'Net-Zero'

One credit union tells about its decision to build the first ‘net zero’ building in Florida. The New York Times reports on this leading edge approach to building green and its potential for energy savings. NBI Technical Director, Mark Frankel, provided an estimate about the number of these buildings in the U.S. (3/23/2011) See article