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Getting to Outcome-Based Performance report available now

The event report from the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance Summit is available now. The report summarizes a working group's examination of the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry to more common practice of measuring real performance outcomes based on actual energy use in an occupied building. Read More

New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge

The New Construction Guide has also been incorporated as the prescriptive path to comply with the energy prerequisites for both USGBC’s LEED v4 and the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools standard. The guide has also been adopted as the basis for the prescriptive path for complying with the energy code in the city of Boulder, Colorado, currently the most stringent in the country.This news was reported by "Rethink Energy and Design". Read more

Webinar Series

Back by popular demand, NBI is going to kick off another webinar series. In the new couple weeks we will offer presentations from our recent Getting to Zero National Forum. 

Getting to Zero: What's in Store for Ultra-Efficient Buildings

It’s rare to be able to look 20 years down the road and see what’s coming next. Current trends in zero-energy buildings offer one of those opportunities, and with a potentially large payoff. This article was written by Ralph DiNola, CEO, in Construction Executive. (6/1/2015) Read article

New Construction Guide and the 2030 Challenge

NBI and Architecture 2030 are excited to announce that Architecture 2030 has endorsed a prescriptive path to meet the current 2030 Challenge goal based on NBI’s Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide. With this path, design teams now have another tool when seeking to meet the 2030 Challenge. Read factsheet

Experts Examine Future of Energy Performance

Several recent news articles have referenced the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance report published by the National Institute of Building Sciences and NBI. The report examines opportunities, barriers, and next steps associated with the commercial building industry’s transition from design-phase estimates of energy use based on models to measurements of performance outcomes based on actual energy use.

  • "Building Performance And Operations At Core Of Plan Proposed By Industry Experts", Facility Executive (5/28/2015) Read article
  • "Experts Examine Future of Energy Performance", Green Building News (5/20/2015) Read article
  • "Move to Commercial-Building Performance Outcomes Outlined in Report", HPAC Engineering (5/18/2015) Read article
  • "It is Time to Learn How Buildings Actually Perform", Zondits (5/15/2015) Read article
  • "Industry Experts Plan for Future Focused on Commercial Building Performance Outcomes", RealEstateRama (5/6/2015) Read article

Understanding Delivery, Partnership Strategies and Program Channels

NBI recently conducted research on behalf of NEEA’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Initiative. The research team sought to better understand the delivery, partnership strategies and program channels for promoting the adoption of energy efficiency best practices in commercial real estate. Key recommendations in the resulting report include providing clear and consistent messages around a limited set of best practices; setting a progressive path of action that defines best practices; promoting the adoption of corporate sustainability policies; leveraging ENERGY STAR brand recognition; creating peer networks focused on energy efficiency; creating market clarity on available education and training; assisting internal champions in promoting energy efficiency best practices through case studies, specific tools and resources; and leveraging existing CRE partnerships. Read report

Nothing Beats Zero, Trends in Zero-Energy Commercial Buildings

Zero energy buildings are captivating the minds of leading building owners, designers and government professionals who are guiding the way to a lower carbon future. Zero net energy buildings have moved from an abstract concept to a more widely adopted objective, practice and policy direction. In 2014, NBI completed an update to its original 2012 study. This article was written by Cathy Higgins and published by the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences. The 2014 Update documents more than twice as many buildings than the 2012 study. (2/17/2015) Read more

IgCC Opens Compliance Pathway Based on Actual Energy Use

An outcome-based approach assures that buildings actually achieve energy targets, while relieving technical pressures on code departments, reported Environmental Business News. The 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) will have a compliance option based on an outcome-based approach, officials announced recently. Jim Edelson, director of codes and policy, is quoted in the article, “The adoption of the outcome-based pathway presents a sea change in the way building codes can be met. Cities can now effectively drive better policies in their building sector, design teams gain flexibility to innovate, and building code officials have a streamlined process for validating that a building is operating to code.”(1/4/2015) Read article

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, the database 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, all of which have at least a year's worth of performance data. There are also some notable community solutions, such as the Greensburg, Kansas Sustainable Master Plan. (12/11/2014) Read article

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