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Getting to Zero Buildings Database Launches

If you've been wondering where the greenest buildings are - including net-zero energy - take a look at New Building Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database, reported SustainableBusiness.com. So far, it includes 280 buildings in the US and Canada (and select projects elsewhere), in all climate zones and sizes, mostly office buildings (134) and schools (69), but also other types like wineries, nursing homes and courthouses. 37 are net-zero energy, all of which have at least a year's worth of data that proves performance. There are also some notable community solutions, such as the Greensburg, Kansas Sustainable Master Plan. (12/11/2014) Read article

Net Zero: What's New and What Works

Ralph Dinola, Executive Director, joined other industry leaders in a webinar on December 18 to discuss the latest issues with net zero construction and the role metal building products play. He will present on new trends and innovations based on recent research. Watch on-demand

New Buildings Database Showcases Growing Market Trend

Detailed information on North America’s most energy-efficient and zero energy buildings is now available online with the New Building Institute’s Getting to Zero Buildings Database. The database features more than 280 buildings from all climate zones across the U.S., Canada and beyond, including a variety of building types such as schools, offices, nursing homes, wineries and courthouses. Learn more

2014 Cascadia Fellows Announced

Mark Frankel, Technical Director, was recently named 2014 Cascadia Fellow. Cascadia Fellows are individuals who exemplify Cascadia’s mission to lead a transformation toward a built environment that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Mark has dedicated the last 20 years of his career to advancing the green building industry. His work with NBI has included technical evaluation of comparative life cycle costs for a range of public and private development models. Learn more

Webinar: Staying ahead of advancing energy codes with the Advanced Buildings New Construction Guide

With the release of the Advanced Buildings New Construction Guide, NBI has laid out a prescriptive path for commercial buildings to stay ahead of advancing code baselines. Learn more with a 90-minute webinar. Watch on-demand

Provisions adopted into the 2015 IgCC can assist progressive communities meet energy goals

Cities and states looking at energy efficient buildings to help meet energy goals are getting a boost from the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), reported RealEstateRama. Four critical proposals that will drive significant improvements in building energy performance were approved when final voting on the model energy code closed earlier this month. New Buildings Institute (NBI) joined with an assortment of industry representatives to educate the industry, which helped to convince the IgCC committee and the ICC membership to favor the proposal. (12/2/2014) Read article

Zero Net Energy Technology Application Guides

Three new Zero Net Energy Technology Application Guides, developed for California but widely transferable, provide information on readily available leading-edge technologies found in today’s ZNE buildings. They describe the technology, its features and benefits, and illustrate energy performance from both modeled and measured results. There are project application examples, overviews on costs and trends and a list of related resources. These featured technologies were selected through a group of architect and engineering advisors experienced in ultra-low and zero energy design. The three guides are:

ALG Connections: Color Considerations of LEDs

ALG Connections is brought to you from ALG Online and informs readers on timely lighting topics. ALG Online is offered through our Advanced Buildings® suite of tools and resources. This is one of a series of overviews meant to build an understanding of LED technology and what the lighting design community needs to know to confidently discuss and successfully apply this electrifying technology. Read more

Register Now for Getting to Zero National Forum

Register for the 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum. February 1-3 in Washington, DC join leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners and commercial real estate representatives. Ed Mazria will speak at the Opening Plenary, other speakers to be announced soon. During the forum we will share perspectives on the growth of ZNE policies and projects and discuss the future of the extremely efficient buildings that produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year. Learn more

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