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The Next Frontier in Green Building

"Understanding the impacts of occupancy will transform everything from design-team liability to energy codes", an article written by NBI's Technical Director, Mark Frankel, in November's GreenSource.(11/28/2011) Read article

Occupant Engagement–Where Design Meets Performance

The importance of occupant engagement is explained in this article from Environmental Building News. Mark Frankel, NBI Technical Director, was also interviewed for the article. (11/28/2011) Read article

Outcome-Based Compliance Path Not Approved in IgCC

As reported in ED+C, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was approved. This is an historic accomplishment. Though the proposal for an outcome-based compliance path that was supported by NBI and its partners was not included, support was expressed for the concept. Other proposals supported by NBI and its partners were adopted that will create a foundation for including the path in the next version of the IgCC in 2015. (11/15/2011) Read article

LEED Designs Don't Always Lead To Sustainable Operations

Building Operating Management magazine interviewed Mark Frankel, NBI Technical Director, for their article, "LEED Designs Don't Always Lead To Sustainable Operations", about bridging the gap between green design and green operations. (11/11/2011) Read article

International Green Construction Code Passes

This article in the Environmental Building News discusses the recent passage of the International Green Construction Code, including efforts of NBI and others to include an outcome based approach as well as other highlights.(11/8/2011) Read article

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