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New CABA report highlights crucial role of controls for achieving and maintaining zero net energy buildings

November 18, 2015—Monitoring and control systems are at the nexus of buildings and successful zero net energy (ZNE) performance, according to a new study released today from the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA). The study, “Zero Net Energy Building Controls: Characteristics, Energy Impacts and Lessons,” was conducted by NBI and focuses on three areas from the designer and user experience to surface details about how existing and emerging monitoring and control technologies are helping designers, building owners, operators and occupants achieve and maintain ZNE performance. Read press release

Developing Multifamily Energy Codes for the IECC

On Monday, November 23, 10-11 a.m. (Pacific), NBI will hold a one-hour webinar to share and discuss a proposal for multifamily buildings in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Right now, different multifamily buildings are subject to different energy codes. This results in confusion and needless complexity in the multifamily market, and enforcement challenges for code officials. This webinar will review the current problems with multifamily energy codes and our solution for the 2018 IECC development cycle. Join us

Presenting at the Greenbuild International Conference

NBI CEO, Ralph DiNola and Technical Director, Mark Frankel will present during the Education Sessions in the Metrics Track at the upcoming Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Mark will co-present during the session "Thinking Smart about Smart Building Data" on Thursday, November 19 at 1:30 pm and Ralph will co-present during "GREEN LIGHT: DC's Research to Action Program" on Friday, November 20 at 9:30 am.  Learn more

What will energy codes look like in 2020?

Green building standards are influencing residential energy code, and vice versa. In this article published by Propane Jim Edelson, director of codes and policy at NBI, stated "It is likely that there will be a time in the next few decades when net zero buildings will be required by code to meet our society's demands in the face of environmental challenges." (10/27/2015) Read article

The Retrofit Savings Estimator

Building owners considering an energy-efficiency upgrade now have a new tool to help them weigh their options and choose strategies that will optimize energy savings or target the biggest opportunities among a portfolio of buildings. NBI has released a beta version of a new web based software tool. The Retrofit Savings Estimator is a free resource that allows those interested to learn more about the energy performance of an existing building and evaluate the potential savings from a deep retrofit. This article was written by Alexi Miller, Senior Project Manager, and published in retrofit magazine. (10/1/2015) Read article

DOE Releases Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, Campuses, and Communities

"NIBS and USDOE have created a set of clear and concise definitions for zero energy buildings that will help to narrow the broad array of terminology currently used in the industry,” said Ralph DiNola, CEO of New Buildings Institute. After leading an extensive stakeholder engagement process over the past year and a half, the Energy Department released its findings in the recently published A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings. Read more

Four Reasons Building Performance Is Worse Than Predicted

It’s common for energy use to far exceed what models predict. Should outcome-based measures be the new standard? This article published by Environmental Business News provides highlights from the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance Summit report written by the National Institute for Building Science (NIBS) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI). The report outlines some of the reasons that building performance is worse than predicted, including barriers to achieving energy goals. (9/1/2015) Read article

New Construction Guide and the 2030 Challenge

NBI and Architecture 2030 are excited to announce that Architecture 2030 has endorsed a prescriptive path to meet the current 2030 Challenge goal based on NBI’s Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide. With this path, design teams now have another tool when seeking to meet the 2030 Challenge. Read factsheet

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

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