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Where You'll Find NBI in May

On Wednesday, May 13, Ralph DiNola, CEO, will speak at the 2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum in Washington D.C. His presentation "What Are The Necessary Steps To Creating Whole Building Efficiency?" will be at 11:00 a.m. Learn more

Wednesday, May 27, at the Better Buildings Summit in Washington D.C. he will serve as moderator during the "How to Get to Net Zero in Multifamily" at 1:30 p.m. Learn more

3 Chicago Buildings That Use No Energy Whatsoever

Bisnow reported that New Buildings Institute recently came out with its latest list of Verified Zero Energy Buildings, and Chicago had a favorable showing, contributing three to the ranks. (5/7/2015) Read article

Getting to Outcome-Based Performance

The National Institute of Building Sciences and NBI have released the report Getting to Outcome-Based Performance. This report summarizes the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance Summit where attendees delved into the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building. Read press release

Can the Bullitt Center prove that it pays for buildings to go 'deep green'?

A Seattle office building that generates its own electricity, collects its own water and composts all human waste from its restrooms has been designated an ultra-sustainable ‘living building’. Ralph DiNola, CEO of NBI, was quoted in an article published in The Guardian. Between 2012 and 2015, the number of verified zero net energy commercial buildings nearly doubled; the number of buildings deemed capable of eventually reaching that goal nearly quadrupled during that same time period. Mounting evidence also suggests that well-executed deep-green designs can minimize or even eliminate additional upfront costs, potentially neutralizing financial concerns. (4/23/2015) Read article

Understanding Delivery, Partnership Strategies and Program Channels

NBI recently conducted research on behalf of NEEA’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Initiative. The research team sought to better understand the delivery, partnership strategies and program channels for promoting the adoption of energy efficiency best practices in commercial real estate. Key recommendations in the resulting report include providing clear and consistent messages around a limited set of best practices; setting a progressive path of action that defines best practices; promoting the adoption of corporate sustainability policies; leveraging ENERGY STAR brand recognition; creating peer networks focused on energy efficiency; creating market clarity on available education and training; assisting internal champions in promoting energy efficiency best practices through case studies, specific tools and resources; and leveraging existing CRE partnerships. Read report

Nothing Beats Zero, Trends in Zero-Energy Commercial Buildings

Zero energy buildings are captivating the minds of leading building owners, designers and government professionals who are guiding the way to a lower carbon future. Zero net energy buildings have moved from an abstract concept to a more widely adopted objective, practice and policy direction. In 2014, NBI completed an update to its original 2012 study. This article was written by Cathy Higgins and published by the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences. The 2014 Update documents more than twice as many buildings than the 2012 study. (2/17/2015) Read more

IgCC Opens Compliance Pathway Based on Actual Energy Use

An outcome-based approach assures that buildings actually achieve energy targets, while relieving technical pressures on code departments, reported Environmental Business News. The 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) will have a compliance option based on an outcome-based approach, officials announced recently. Jim Edelson, director of codes and policy, is quoted in the article, “The adoption of the outcome-based pathway presents a sea change in the way building codes can be met. Cities can now effectively drive better policies in their building sector, design teams gain flexibility to innovate, and building code officials have a streamlined process for validating that a building is operating to code.”(1/4/2015) Read article

Getting to Zero Buildings Database Launches

If you've been wondering where the greenest buildings are - including net-zero energy - take a look at New Building Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database, reported SustainableBusiness.com. So far, the database includes 280 buildings in the US and Canada (and select projects elsewhere), in all climate zones and sizes, mostly office buildings (134) and schools (69), but also other types like wineries, nursing homes and courthouses. 37 are net-zero, all of which have at least a year's worth of performance data. There are also some notable community solutions, such as the Greensburg, Kansas Sustainable Master Plan. (12/11/2014) Read article

Webinar: Staying ahead of advancing energy codes with the Advanced Buildings New Construction Guide

With the release of the Advanced Buildings New Construction Guide, NBI has laid out a prescriptive path for commercial buildings to stay ahead of advancing code baselines. Learn more with a 90-minute webinar. Watch on-demand

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