Getting serious about carbon emissions, EPA releases new proposal on clean power

Post / June 4, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday released its new Clean Power Plan proposal which is intended to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants–the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. New Buildings Institute (NBI) applauds...

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Leads on High Efficiency, ZNE Buildings

Post / May 2, 2014

On April 29, 2014, Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee signed an Executive Order announcing a broad new effort for the State of Washington to address the challenges of climate change. The order contained some important language around zero net energy buildings...

Existing buildings get new emphasis and clarity in IECC and other I-Codes

Post / October 15, 2013

In seeming defiance of our own name, New Buildings Institute (NBI) has been working hard on a handful of key issues regarding existing buildings for the 2015 round of International Code Council (ICC) code development hearings. Recognizing the issues that...

Regulatory Rewards

Post / June 11, 2013

Small government. Big government. Over-regulation. Race to the bottom. We frequently see these black-and-white characterizations of government regulation. Not just characterizations, but caricatures in some cases. We say, “Stifling!” “Handcuffs on business!” During 10 days of International Code Council hearings...