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New buildings database showcases growing market trend of low and zero energy buildings

December 10, 2014—Detailed information on North America’s most energy-efficient and zero energy buildings is now available online with the New Building Institute’s Getting to Zero Buildings Database. The database features more than 280 buildings from all climate zones across the U.S., Canada and beyond, including a variety of building types such as schools, offices, nursing homes, wineries and courthouses. The number of zero energy-verified buildings—those that use only as much energy as can be produced on-site through renewable resources—total 37. Read more »

New 2015 IgCC can assist progressive communities to meet energy goals

November 24, 2014--Cities and states looking at energy efficient buildings to help meet energy goals are getting a boost from the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Four critical proposals that will drive significant improvements in building energy performance were approved when final voting on the model energy code closed earlier this month.  Read more »

Northeast gears up to fuel hot trend in buildings: net zero energy

Regional efficiency programs build on momentum, bring technical resources

October 9, 2014— The built environment in the United States is poised for a transformation that experts believe will result in high performance, resilient spaces that save owners money on energy expenses. Commercial projects aiming for net zero energy (NZE) performance have grown by 300% since 2012, according to research by New Buildings Institute (NBI). NZE buildings are extremely energy-efficient structures that use only as much energy as can be produced onsite through renewable resources such as photovoltaics. Read more »

New approach to energy code compliance clears hurdle

Outcome-based pathway would focus on a building's energy performance once in occupancy

May 15, 2014—Owners and design teams working toward high energy performance buildings have a potential new ally in the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The development committee reviewing new proposals for enhancing the IgCC voted 8-5 earlier this month to approve a proposal that would add the first-ever outcome-based compliance path in a model energy code. Read more »

Study examines present-day policies and fiscal realities of zero energy, Living Buildings in Washington, DC

April 30 , 2014-–The District of Columbia Department of the Environment today released the findings of a recent study detailing how the District, already home to more green buildings per capita than other large cities, can best craft policy and create incentives to build zero energy, zero water and Living Buildings™. Read more »

New energy code includes historic gains for efficiency in existing buildings

Lighting controls and advanced HVAC also gain ground at 2015 IECC final action hearings

October 17, 2013--Hearings to finalize the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) wrapped up in Atlantic City last week with big wins for higher efficiency requirements in existing buildings, controls for lighting and daylighting hardware and HVAC equipment specifications. New Buildings Institute (NBI) and its partners put forward some two dozen proposals addressing a diverse set of building technologies and design specifications that would improve commercial building energy performance. The IECC is reviewed and updated every three years and serves as the model energy code for states and local jurisdictions across the country. Read more »

New Buildings Institute welcomes new executive director

Ralph DiNola to head nonprofit's work advancing energy performance in buildings; retains ties to Green Building Services as strategic advisor
 
May 23, 2013--New Buildings Institute (NBI) today announced that Ralph DiNola has been named the organization's new executive director. The nonprofit NBI acts as a technical resource working to improve energy performance in commercial buildings, including promoting advanced design practices and technologies as well as development of public policies and program strategies that reduce energy use. Read more »

2011-12 Leading Edge Student Design Competition winners announced

November 29, 2012--Twenty architecture students from around the United States are being recognized by the 2011-2012 Leading Edge Student Design Competition. Administered by New Buildings Institute and sponsored by Southern California Edison and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Leading Edge challenges students to incorporate principles of energy efficiency and sustainability as a basic standard of building design. Read more »

COMNET Energy Modeling Portal automates uploads of energy data to LEED Online

August 1, 2012--New Buildings Institute (NBI) today announced the official release of one of the first LEED Automation tools available to LEED project teams. The COMNET Energy Modeling Portal is an online platform used to collect energy modeling simulation results, perform quality assurance checks, and submit the results to LEED Online for Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite 2 and Energy & Atmosphere Credit 1. Read more »

New guide outlines best practices for cutting energy used by plug-in devices

July 19, 2012--The number of things office workers plug into the socket is growing rapidly. To help commercial building owners and occupants get control of the energy used by office equipment and other electronic devices, New Buildings Institute (NBI) today released the Plug Load Best Practices Guide. The guide, based on research by Ecova and NBI for the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, offers actionable information on how to save money by reducing plug load energy use in office spaces. Read more »

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