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Technical Summit on Net Zero Construction in Vermont

Save the date, on October 9, 2014 a technical summit on net zero construction will be held in Vermont. Across the U.S. thousands of building owners and professionals are pursuing the path to net zero. As momentum builds, Efficiency Vermont and New Buildings Institute are convening a summit to facilitate the sharing of best practices. Designers, engineers, community planners, building owners, and operators focused on commercial new construction should plan to attend. The summit will be an all-day event. Questions can be sent to ahollingsworth@veic.org. More details to come soon

Realizing Energy Efficiency Goals Through An Outcome-Based Pathway

Join us and our partners for the webinar “Realizing Energy Efficiency Goals Through An Outcome-Based Pathway” on August 27 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific. This webinar will examine the challenges communities and code departments face in realizing sustainability goals--particularly those related to energy use--and a new potential mechanism within the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) that would allow for an optional outcome-based compliance path. Register now

ZNE Action Bulletin

Here is the latest ZNE Action Bulletin, where you can find the latest zero net energy news. This issue includes: the West Berkeley Public Library; DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home label; the National Institute of Standards and Technology ZNE Test House; research; policy; education; events and more. Sign up to receive the bulletin by email.

Architects, Engineers Stand to Benefit from Potential IgCC Change

ConstructionPro Network reported that a proposed change to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) could make it considerably easier for architects and engineers to make buildings more energy efficient. Among those supporting the proposed outcome-based compliance path in IgCC is New Buildings Institute (NBI). An outcome-based compliance path would set targets for the actual energy use of a building and determine compliance through the building’s achievement of that target once in operation. (06/27/2014) Read article

Summit On Getting To Outcome-Based Performance

Key stakeholders have been invited to attend the Summit On Getting To Outcome-Based Performance in early August. At this summit they will identify the challenges and develop potential solutions for implementing outcome-based approaches to design, construction and operations. The issues, approaches and solutions identified in this summit are likely to have significant influence on how the industry addresses these challenges moving forward. More information will be available following this event.

Outcome-Based Performance

The Outcome Summit Webinar is now available on demand. An outcome-based approach is one where building performance is judged by the actual energy use. This webinar focuses on project contracts, teams and processes that drove successful achievement of the outcomes desired. Watch webinar

Multifamily Housing and Energy

Low-income families often choose multifamily housing for its affordability but a new study from University of Arizona finds that they could be spending hundreds more in utility costs every year due to a lack of energy-efficient features in their buildings. Multifamily buildings offer a largely untapped opportunity for improving energy efficiency. NBI provides links and information on best practices in energy efficiency programs, organizations focused on multifamily energy efficiency and multifamily energy efficiency programs. Read more

Net Zero Roundtable

The push for net zero energy buildings has increased in recent years, with New Buildings Institute reporting that the number of verified net zero energy buildings or those targeting net zero energy has more than doubled in just two years, from 60 in 2012 to 160 in 2013. Metal Architecture spoke to some people in the architecture and construction industries to learn more about their thoughts on net zero energy buildings. Ralph DinNola, Executive Director, is interviewed in this article. (6/2/2014) Read article

New Approach To Energy Code Compliance Clears Hurdle

Building owners, facility managers and design teams working toward high energy performance buildings have a potential new ally in the IgCC. The development committee reviewing new proposals for enhancing the IgCC voted to approve a proposal that would add a first-ever outcome-based compliance path in a model energy code. Today's Facility Manager reports that testimony submitted by an assortment of industry representatives, including NBI, was enough to convince the committee to favor the proposal. (5/12/2014) Read article

Net Zero and Living Building Challenge Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for Buildings in the District of Columbia

NBI teamed up with the International Living Future Institute and Skanska for the Net Zero and Living Building Challenge Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for Buildings in the District of Columbia. The purpose of the study was twofold. First, to investigate costs, benefits and approaches necessary to improve building performance in the District of Columbia from LEED Platinum to zero energy, zero water and Living Building status. Second, to advise District government on policy drivers related to deep green buildings and to analyze the opportunities for the District to offer incentives to advance most rapidly toward zero energy, zero water and Living Buildings. Read report