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ZNE Workshops November 3-4

On November 3 local government representatives are invited to learn about ZNE leadership and market trends in California. Then on November 4 those who want to learn more about Zero net energy schools are invited to attend a workshop hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission. This is in conjunction with the Green California Schools Summit where NBI Executive Director Ralph DiNola will co-present “Energy –Net Zero for Zero?” on November 6 at 2:45 p.m. Learn more

Energy efficiency and solar: Beer and wine or gin & tonic?

Traditionally, energy efficiency and solar have been thought of like beer and wine – two great options that belong in separate glasses. More recently, however, they have become like gin and tonic – two great options that are best together. What has changed and why? This blog from Peregrine Energy Group explains with references to New Buildings Institute’s work. (10/22/2014) Read blog

Getting to Zero Buildings Database

We are proud to introduce our Getting to Zero Buildings Database. Here you will find in-depth information about high performance buildings across North America. Visit database

Approaching Zero

Design teams reach the once-elusive goal of creating buildings that produce as much energy as they consume, reports Architectural Record. A building that produces all the energy it requires, without sacrifices to its operations or concessions of human comfort, might sound like pie in the sky. But according to the New Buildings Institute (NBI), 160 commercial and institutional buildings in the U.S. are targeting or have achieved net zero energy—meaning that, over the course of a year, they produce at least as much energy from renewable sources as they consume. (10/1/2014) Read article

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

New Energy Code Approach Could Be Industry Game-Changer

When Seattle's Supply Laundry Building opened in 1906, building codes looked rather different than they do today. And energy codes weren't yet a gleam in even the most progressive politician's eye. These days, however, after a full renovation and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the building (along with two other pilots in Seattle) is serving as a test case for a new type of energy code compliance, one that has the potential to be nothing short of an industry game-changer. The Supply Laundry Building is using an outcome-based method of compliance that will require actual energy usage data. FacilitiesNet recently reported on outcome-based codes. (10/1/2014) Read article

Getting to Zero: The New Wave of Building Efficiency

Cathy Higgins, Research Director was interviewed for Green Technology Magazine. The article discusses the evolution of ZNE buildings and prospects for schools. (10/13/2014) Read more

2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC)

2015 IgCC is under development and there are important proposals supported by NBI. These proposals include outcome-based compliance, cool roofs, renewable energy and demand resonse  Learn more

Register Now for Getting to Zero National Forum

Registration is now open for the 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum. February 1-3 in Washington, DC join NBI and NASEO with leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners and commercial real estate representatives. 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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