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Tool to Assess Value of Building Retrofits

BUILDINGS.com reported that a new web application can identify energy savings opportunities. The Retrofit Savings Estimator, created by NBI, uses general factors such as size, heating and cooling types, and building operation schedules as well as more technical details to create custom simulations and identify the relative value of potential changes. (6/25/2015) Read more

Net-Zero Cities Aren’t Possible, You Say? Some Are Underway Today

From an environmental perspective, cities are already responsible for the majority of the planet’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To meaningfully battle climate change and stay within our carbon budget, getting things right at the urban scale is critical. This article from Line/Shape/Space reports about the needs, actions and future of our buildings and urban areas. It references NBI's report, "2014 Getting to Zero Status Update". NBI tracked a growing pack of projects—with the majority of square footage in the education sector—reaching for net-zero energy. (7/15/2015) Read article

Getting to Outcome-Based Performance report available now

The event report from the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance Summit is available now. The report summarizes a working group's examination of the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry to more common practice of measuring real performance outcomes based on actual energy use in an occupied building. Read More

Webinar Series

Back by popular demand, NBI is going to kick off another webinar series. In the new couple weeks we will offer presentations from our recent Getting to Zero National Forum. 

Getting to Zero: What's in Store for Ultra-Efficient Buildings

It’s rare to be able to look 20 years down the road and see what’s coming next. Current trends in zero-energy buildings offer one of those opportunities, and with a potentially large payoff. This article was written by Ralph DiNola, CEO, in Construction Executive. (6/1/2015) 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

Experts Examine Future of Energy Performance

Several recent news articles have referenced the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance report published by the National Institute of Building Sciences and NBI. The report examines opportunities, barriers, and next steps associated with the commercial building industry’s transition from design-phase estimates of energy use based on models to measurements of performance outcomes based on actual energy use.

  • "Building Performance And Operations At Core Of Plan Proposed By Industry Experts", Facility Executive (5/28/2015) Read article
  • "Experts Examine Future of Energy Performance", Green Building News (5/20/2015) Read article
  • "Move to Commercial-Building Performance Outcomes Outlined in Report", HPAC Engineering (5/18/2015) Read article
  • "It is Time to Learn How Buildings Actually Perform", Zondits (5/15/2015) Read article
  • "Industry Experts Plan for Future Focused on Commercial Building Performance Outcomes", RealEstateRama (5/6/2015) 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

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

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