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Colorado buildings rank high in new energy-use database

The Denver Business Journal reported that Colorado is third among states with the most buildings that are either "net zero" in terms of energy use or are exceptionally energy efficient. This is according to a new database compiled by NBI that tracks commercial energy use. The Getting to Zero Database launched last week and features more than 280 buildings from across the country. Visit database

Getting to Zero National Forum Sessions

Join us February 1-3, in Washington D.C. for the Getting to Zero National Forum. One of the many offerings will provide perspectives on the design process. On February 2, Track 3 “Creating ZNE Buildings” will be led by architects who will share insights on early-stage design integration, where the biggest opportunities and potential wrong turns are encountered and how to move from challenge to success. More information about this track and the full program are now available. Learn more

Understanding LED Systems

The final part in a series of overviews from ALG Online that builds an understanding of LED technology is now available here. In order to discuss the broader application and dimming of LED systems, the electronic components that make up an LED system and driver types are briefly explained. It is how an LED system functions and how these components differ from those more familiar technologies (incandescent or fluorescent) that influence the compatibility of an LED lamp/luminaire and a given controller. Read more

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 presented on new trends and innovations based on recent research. Watch on-demand

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:

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