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Reliable Retrofit Analysis Anyone Can Do

As we advance toward a more energy-efficient built environment, building owners are seeking guidance on how to maximize the energy performance of their buildings. Many owners are concerned about the cost and effectiveness of the tools necessary to achieve this goal, but tools such as the Retrofit Savings Estimator help streamline the energy analysis process, Colorado Real Estate Journal reported. (9/2/2015) Read article

Danfoss' Galyen: Incentives Will Boost Building Technology Development

On September 17, John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America, addressed the importance of taking a holistic approach to improving the efficiency of the U.S. commercial building stock as part of a broad objective to double energy productivity. Galyen was joined by representatives of New Buildings Institute, U.S. Department of Energy, National Grid, Johnson Controls, and other leading energy efficiency advocates for a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., entitled Reinventing Existing Buildings: The Path to Increasing Energy Productivity, reported Contracting Business. (9/24/2015) Read article

Congressional Briefing

NBI CEO, Ralph DiNola, briefed members of Congress on the potential and opportunities for “reinventing” existing buildings in the U.S. to achieve high levels of energy efficiency. View his comments

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

Where We'll Be:

AIA Portland's Getting to Zero Four-Part Series will take place over 4 days in September and October from 8 a.m. — noon. On September 10 Heather Flint Chatto, Project Manager, spoke about "The State of Net Zero Buildings Today". On October 20 Ralph DiNola, CEO, will speak about "A Look Ahead: Policy and Regulation" in Session 4. Learn 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

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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