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Incremental Costs of Zero Net Energy Commercial and Public Buildings

Join us for a webinar on the incremental costs of zero net energy buildings. One of the most common barriers to zero net energy projects is the concern over incremental costs compared to typical building practices. NBI's webinar on Wednesday, April 16, from 10-11 am (Pacific) will highlight the results of recent studies looking at opportunities for achieving scalable and cost-effective zero net energy performance. Register now

Opportunities for Demand Response in Commercial Building Codes

Register for a free webinar to hear from Jim Edelson of NBI and Meg Waltner of NRDC about opportunities for demand response and why proposed modifications to the International Green Construction Code will increase its effectiveness on Thursday, April 17 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Pacific). Demand response enables building owners to modify electricity use in response to price or other informational signals, allowing buildings to be operated more effectively and for the integration of variable resources. Learn more and register

Net-Zero Energy Building Design

On Friday, April 18 in Portland, OR, Energy Trust will bring together a panel of experts, including Mark Lyles, Project Manager, to review the design challenges net-zero presents and offer strategies and tools for meeting high performance standards. The panel will discuss current trends in net-zero design, how these buildings can revolutionize a market and how current technology can help overcome challenges. Group webinars will also take place in several Oregon locations and program representatives will be onsite to facilitate questions. Learn more

ZNE Webinars Available

Now available on demand are webinars about Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings and related policy. ZNE buildings are ultra-energy-efficient structures that produce at least as much energy onsite as they consume over the course of a year.

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Design Shifts To Performance

Right now in the building industry it feels like there is a huge leap project teams and building owners are trying to make from targeting design improvements, beyond energy codes and standards, to targeting real performance and measurements. Neil Bulger, a Professional Engineer with Integral Group, writes in his blog and mentions NBI’s work. Read more

Industry Proposes Innovative Method for Implementing Green Construction Code

An “Outcome-based Pathway,” was submitted as a proposed code change to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). It appears in the monograph of IgCC proposed changes that the International Code Council released March 15, 2014 for public review. This pathway was developed as a result of representatives and organizations coming together from across the building industry under the leadership of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Organizations include the New Buildings Institute, Institute for Market Transformation and Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council. Read article

Zero-Energy Revolution Will Happen

Ralph DiNola, Executive Director, spoke at MIPIM, the leading international real estate event for property professionals. His presentations were "Getting to zero today: how zero net energy buildings will define the next decade of development" and "Retrofit strategy and smart buildings: towards high-performance buildings". The event, in it's 25th year, took place March 11-14 in France. Read article

Codes, Standards + Rating Systems

It’s time to increase our focus on building operations and occupancy issues. Mark Frankel, AIA, technical director for NBI and the Vision 2020 chair for Codes, Standards + Rating Systems wrote this article for EcoHome. Outcome-based policies, regulations, and incentives that promote ongoing building performance are critical to achieving 2030 goals. (12/9/2013) Read article

Career Opportunities at NBI

There are carreer opportunities at New Buildings Institute for a Manager, Sponsor Relations and a Project Analyst/Energy Analyst. The manager position will be be based in the Eastern U.S., preferably in a major metropolitan area. At NBI we are a committed group of professionals working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. If you are interested in working with a group of leaders in this field and have excellent skills and knowledge we hope you'll consider joining us. Learn more