Getting to Zero With the Passive House Design Standard 

Post / October 25, 2019

With growing consensus about the economic and social costs of climate change, an increasing number of cities and states have set ambitious carbon reduction goals. When it comes to the built environment, advanced energy codes and policies have proven to...

New York Invests in Energy-Saving Strategies to Meet Climate Action Goals

Post / January 4, 2019

New York has emerged as a shining star in local energy policy with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement early last year of an ambitious energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs (British thermal units) by...

Checking in with the Passive House Network

Post / December 7, 2017 / Energy Codes

It’s been over 25 years since the Passive House concept — tight, well designed and insulated envelope and minimized mechanical loads — was formalized in Germany, and it feels like the movement has reached a tipping point here in North...

Rhode Island Shows Economic and Climate Leadership by Embracing Zero Energy Buildings

Post / June 13, 2017

As states look to realize their climate and energy policy goals, they are turning to strategies for improving building efficiency to cut carbon emissions and lower energy demand. Rhode Island is an emerging leader in this regard with a bold...

Chicago Real Estate Leadership Summit Defines the Building Industry’s Next Opportunity for Leadership

Post / February 9, 2017

Back in November, ComEd, Seventhwave and NBI hosted a Summit, focusing on the question: “What is Chicago’s path to net zero energy buildings?” Nearly 90 real estate professionals, designers and utility representatives gathered to focus on how they might build...

What Commercial Real Estate Executives Think and Do About Energy Efficiency

Post / September 16, 2015

The 2014 Northwest Commercial Building Stock Assessment estimates the size of the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) market in the Northwest to be 1.6 billion square feet–a market of existing buildings that are prime candidates for energy and carbon reductions through...

Vermont Leads the Way

Post / December 30, 2014

What do the State of Vermont and NBI have in common (besides a soft spot for counterculture energy nerds)? I’d answer that both are small in stature but have built legacies around aggressively pushing for codes and policies that promote...

Daylighting Done Right

Post / May 25, 2012

Incorporating natural light into building design has become an increasingly popular strategy that is dramatically improving energy performance and occupant satisfaction. The use of new glazing and shading systems as well as other daylight-harvesting components and controls is reducing dependence...

A Chance Encounter with the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code

Post / March 2, 2011

On a recent trip to visit friends in rural Western Massachusetts, I stumbled upon an indication of the great effort and success NBI’s code team has had working with that State.  Posted in the front window of the local health...

NBI’s Technical Director Honored with BetterBricks Award

Post / February 16, 2011

Mark Frankel, Technical Director at New Buildings Institute (NBI), was recognized for “Outstanding Industry Contribution” during the BetterBricks Awards breakfast on Friday, February 11th in Portland, Oregon. A licensed architect and experienced project manager and technical consultant, Frankel has spent...