Press Releases

McDonald’s Study Explores Idea of a Net Zero Energy Quick Service Restaurant

January 30, 2015--A study prepared by Rocky Mountain Institute, Fisher Nickel, Inc. and New Buildings Institute examines the technical and financial feasibility of achieving new net zero energy restaurants in three cities: Chicago, Orlando and Washington, D.C.

Through a recently completed study, McDonald’s Corporation seeks to better understand whether it would be feasible to develop a net zero energy[i] (NZE) quick service restaurant.  Exploring net zero energy continues McDonald’s tradition of energy efficiency efforts, and helps to prepare McDonald’s for future energy codes.  The study’s findings, including research, technical analyses, and detailed recommendations, form a roadmap for McDonald’s to pursue future net zero energy restaurants, as well as select energy efficiency solutions for existing restaurants.
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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 »

Net Energy Buildings: The Future is Now

January 14, 2014—Zero  New study shows ultra-efficient, clean energy-powered buildings are gaining ground across the United States and Canada

Growth in numbers, locations, types and sizes all mark progress on the state of commercial zero net energy (ZNE) buildings-–ultra-efficient buildings that generate as much power from onsite renewable energy sources as they consume in a year, according to a report released today from New Buildings Institute (NBI). Of buildings surveyed across North America, the report finds the number of buildings achieving or pursuing ZNE have more than doubled since the last study was released in 2012. 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 »