20 Years of Disruption, Innovation and Market Transformation

NBI’s Founding Mission in 1997


2017 marks New Buildings Institute’s 20th year working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings and we are celebrating! Over the last two decades we have seen transformational change in the building industry and, we as NBI staff, are proud to have been a resource and driver every step of the way.

Our work has provided the research and technical analysis to advance codes and policy that make buildings perform better, in regard to energy efficiency as well as the health and productivity of occupants. NBI has also made its mark on the current commercial building stock in the U.S. by helping the greater design community reduce energy use through deployment of tools and guidance representing leading edge practices in building design and construction.  At its beginning, NBI recognized the nascent potential of the zero energy marked and began examining the opportunities for ultra-efficient buildings across climate zones and feeding what we learned back to industry. Today, zero energy looks more attainable with every jurisdiction ZE code adoption and state ZE road mapping process.

This year, NBI staff will be tapping our partners in the energy efficiency market to help us tell the story of the impact NBI has made on the work they do. Stay tuned to this space as we have these conversations over the course of the year culminating with an in-person celebration at the upcoming 2018 Getting to Zero National Forum.

Blog: NBI 20th Anniversary: The Arc of Innovation

NBI CEO Ralph DiNola reflects on NBI’s legacy and a vision for the future. Read blog

Interviews with founders

Hear from David Goldstein, NBI’s Board President, as he shares his perspective on the founding of the organization, the work NBI has done over the last two decades, and the impact of an NBI project that has evolved over the years, “Getting to Zero.”


Patrick O’Shei is one of our more recent Board of Director additions.

John Wilson was a founding Board Member and early Board President.

Michael McAteer has been part of the organization since its inception, hear from him on the founding and future of NBI.

Steven Nadel has been a part of NBI since its founding. His leadership continues to guide the work done by the organization.

Steven talks about the leaders he worked with to help found NBI

Steven offers his perspective on NBI’s genesis

Steven Nadel on the market shifts that lead to NBI’s role in the building science sector


Meet Doug Mahone, NBI’s first executive director whose contributions to this organization include thought leadership for a fledgling nonprofit, to providing space within his own enterprise, gave us a few minutes of his time to talk about the founding of this organization and why he thinks NBI has endured.

Doug Mahone speaks on the Genesis of New Buildings Institute

Doug Mahone on the momentum of the early organization

Doug Mahone and the lasting impacts of NBI