20 Years of Disruption, Innovation and Market Transformation

NBI’s Founding Mission in 1997

2017 marked 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 market and began examining the opportunities for ultra-efficient buildings across climate zones and feeding what we learned back to industry. Today, zero energy (ZE) looks more attainable with every jurisdiction ZE code adoption and state ZE road mapping process.

NBI partners in the energy efficiency market help us tell the story of the impact NBI has made on the work they do.

NBI Friends and Family give their perspective on the projects and points in NBI history that have had lasting influence on the building sector.

Anniversary Blog Series

NBI 20th Anniversary: The Arc of Innovation

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

Outcomes Matter

Ryan Colker writes about the way NBI has influenced the use of performance metrics and outcome based codes in this blog. Read blog

Moving Daylighting into a New Era

Perspective from NBI Board member Nancy Jenkins Ander on the research work NBI has done on the non-energy benefits of daylighting. Read blog

NBI’s Legacy of Code Advocacy Lives On

David Cohan, Director of Technical and Policy Analysis at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) shares his experience working with the NBI Codes and Policy team over the years. Read Blog

Getting to 50 and Back Again

From NBI Executive Director and Fellow Dave Hewitt, find out more about the beginning of the Getting to Zero program, which started as Getting to 50. Read Blog

Interviews with NBI founders

Hear from David Goldstein, NBI’s Board President, as well as Patrick O'Shei, Michael McAteer, Steven Nadel and Doug Mahone. They share their perspectives here on the founding of New Buildings Institute, the work NBI has done over the last two decades, and the impact of an NBI's projects including “Getting to Zero.”