New Buildings Institute

Our Mission

We take leading-edge practices and technology applications for high performance buildings and translate them into innovative and practical solutions for the energy efficiency and commercial building industries.

New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization driving better energy performance in commercial buildings. We work collaboratively with industry market players—governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals—to promote advanced design practices, innovative technologies, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency. We also develop and offer guidance and tools to support the design and construction of energy efficient buildings.

Throughout its 20-year history, NBI has become a trusted and independent resource helping to drive buildings that are better for people and the environment. Our theory of change includes setting a vision and defining a path forward. We then set out to create the research that serves as the basis for tool and policy development necessary to create market change.

Looking forward, we will continue to fuel innovation that accelerates adoption of “next” practice in energy performance by the energy efficiency and building industries. NBI’s role is critical to creating low energy, even zero energy, buildings. This is a future where the built environment represent an effective use of resources, a positive force against climate change, and a driver for local economies that creates jobs and saves money for homeowners and business on energy costs.

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Our Staff

NBI staff members are subject matter experts in energy efficiency and green building design and operations.

Ralph DiNola


Ralph is an expert facilitator and convener providing inspiration and a pathway for business, policymakers and building owners seeking quantum advances in building energy performance.

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Amy Cortese

Director of Programs

Amy has been involved in sustainable design consulting and implementation of energy efficiency market transformation approaches for over 20 years. She is responsible for managing implementation teams covering all aspects of NBI’s work.

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Jim Edelson

Director of Codes & Policy

Jim is a leading advocate for advanced energy codes and has been at the forefront of national and local commercial energy code development of higher stringency efficiency measures.

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Mark Frankel

Technical Director

Mark is a leading advocate and technical expert in commercial building performance setting the vision for what’s next in building design practices and leading on market adoption strategies.

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Cathy Higgins

Research Director

Cathy oversees the portfolio of NBI's leading-edge research work involving zero net energy buildings, measured performance, and emerging technologies. She also supports business development.

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Stacey Hobart

Director of Communications

Stacey provides her expertise across NBI projects and programs to clearly communicate progress and accomplishments while also supporting advancement for NBI’s mission.

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Eric Makela

Associate Director

Eric has over 30 years of building energy codes expertise throughout the United States as well as abroad. He supports NBI’s broader engagement in code development, with an emphasis on stretch codes and multifamily code adoption.

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Mary Hansel


Mary is an expert in non-profit finance and administration. As NBI’s controller, she works closely with executive management to oversee all financial aspects of NBI’s business operations.

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Webly Bowles

Project Manager

Webly brings her wide range of experience in sustainable building to NBI's zero net energy building programs. Her experience includes principles of design, construction, and operation as well as teaching at a university level.

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Kevin Carbonnier

Project Manager

Kevin supports NBI with technical research and data analysis. He also develops and maintains systems for tracking building energy use and reporting on building systems and trends.

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Sean Denniston

Senior Project Manager

Sean uses his expertise for code analysis, tool development and research. He also manages NBI’s New Construction program, which provides technical resources for new construction projects.

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Leada Fuller-Marashi

Event Coordinator & Communications Specialist

Leada facilitates logistics and outreach for NBI events. She also supports NBI’s external communications through content management and stakeholder engagement.

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Susan Grant Harris

Communications Specialist

Susan supports NBI communications and stakeholder outreach by maintaining tools and client management systems that enable tech transfer of NBI research and guidance.

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Meghan Humphreys

Development Manager

Meghan coordinates fundraising and other advancement efforts for NBI. She works with NBI sponsors and partners, foundations, and other supporters to build a diverse funding mix for NBI’s mission.

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Amruta Khanolkar

Project Manager

Amruta brings her technical expertise on energy efficiency, demand response management, and mechanical design and operation to analyze building energy use, develop tools and advance energy codes and policies.

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Reilly Loveland

Project Manager

Reilly’s focus is on energy efficiency in schools; this work includes developing educational opportunities and resources for a better understanding of zero net energy.

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Mark Lyles

Project Manager

Mark provides technical and design expertise, project management and research support on programs related to zero net energy buildings, new construction and commercial real estate.

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Alexi Miller

Senior Project Manager

Alexi applies his expertise on building operations and mechanical systems to study building energy use data and synthesize the results into actionable measures for design teams and operation managers.

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Connie Umphress

Communications Manager

Connie leads NBI’s communications efforts including publication management, brand oversight and stakeholder outreach. She also facilitates the delivery of NBI’s educational webinars.

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Jackie Waadevig

Office Administrator

Jackie ensures that NBI’s office operations run smoothly managing all the logistical details of business operations as well supporting human resources and financial functions.

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Our Board Members

Marge Anderson

Board Secretary | Slipstream
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David Goldstein

Board President | Natural Resources Defense Council
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Jeff Harris

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
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Nancy Jenkins Ander

CA Dept. of General Services
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Edward McGlynn

Board Treasurer | Franklin Energy
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Brendan Owens

U.S. Green Building Council
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Michelle Thomas

Southern California Edison

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Peter Turnbull

Board Vice President | Pacific Gas & Electric
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In memory of NBI Board Member George Malek

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Senior Fellows

Doug Baston

North Atlantic Energy Advisors
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Charles Eley

Retired Eley Associates, RA, PME, Certified Energy Modeler, ASHRAE BEMP
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Dian Grueneich

Precourt Energy Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University
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Dave Hewitt

Retired New Buildings Institute
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Vivian Loftness

Carnegie Mellon, FAIA, LEED AP, CPHC
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RK Stewart

RK Stewart Consultants, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC, Hon. JIA, Hon. AIA, LEED® AP BD+C
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Thanks to our valued sponsors and partners

NBI is supported by contributions from a number of entities through sponsorship and grant funding. We are extremely grateful for the faithful support of these organizations.