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Steps to sustainable design: better energy codes now

Contract Magazine published an opinion piece co-written by Dave Hewitt, NBI's Executive Director and AIA's Jessyca Henderson discussing opportunities for better building efficiency because of the improvements to the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). (11/10/10) See article

Historic gains in energy efficiency for new homes and commercial buildings

As reported by several publications, building officials from across the nation approved a package of revisions to the commercial section of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  The changes mean that new and renovated buildings constructed in jurisdictions that follow the 2012 IECC will use 30 percent less energy than those built to current standards. Read more »

A mundane approach to a vexing problem

An article in The New York Times reports that building codes are among the most straightforward and cost-effective ways to cut energy costs in buildings, which account for about 40 percent of energy use in the United States and Europe because of the need for amenities like heating, cooling and lighting. NBI Executive Director Dave Hewitt is quoted in the piece. (11/28/10) See article

EIFS, architecture, and the sustainable design

Architecture has always been the marriage of aesthetics, function, economics, and building science. An article in the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG), which references NBI’s Core Performance Guide, discusses how function and aesthetics make architecture a uniquely challenging profession. (9/14/10) See article

Air barrier systems in buildings

The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) published a paper that reviews the problems created by infiltration and exfiltration in buildings, and the design considerations of an air barrier system to control the problems. The piece cites NBI’s Core Performance Guide. (8/10/10) See article

Green buildings miss mark on efficiency

Green Building Elements reports on an article by Mark Winder raising an interesting point about green buildings: sometimes they aren’t as efficient as they were meant to be. Winder cites a 2008 study by the New Buildings Institute regarding the energy use of LEED certified buildings. (7/23/10) See article

Core Performance Guide for new commercial buildings

Natural Resources Canada's newsletter, Heads Up Energy Efficiency, reports that Efficiency New Brunswick has released a version of the Core Performance Guide to help design teams create low-energy commercial buildings in New Brunswick. The guide, developed by NBI and offered through the Advanced Buildings suite of tools and resources, is the first of its kind for a jurisdiction in Canada. (5/2010) See article

Historic Change to Building Codes Approved: Now What?

The online magazine, environmental design + construction (ed+c), has published Dave Hewitt’s article on what is being done by NBI to support the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).  See article

Increase Energy Efficiency With Lighting Retrofits

Today's lighting technology makes it possible to increase energy efficiency and with careful planning also improve lighting quality. This article from facilitiesnet about lighting retrofits was written with lighting experts that include Naomi Miller, senior lighting engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and ALG Online author. (11/1/2010) Read article

Better energy codes now

Architecture Week has posted an Op-Ed by NBI Executive Director Dave Hewitt and AIA Director of Sustainability Advocacy Jessyca Henderson talking about the opportunity for improving model energy codes for commercial buildings when local government officials vote on the International Energy Conservation Code at the end of October. (10/20/10)  See article