Not Accepting Poor Performance

Post / January 6, 2011

It’s no secret that most commercial buildings perform poorly in terms of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The question is, why do we put up with it? As author Auden Schendler puts it in this post for Climate Progress...

NBI at Greenbuild: Building Performance and Outcome-based Codes

Post / December 4, 2010

Recently, NBI had the opportunity to present some of our projects and ideas at the world’s largest green building gathering, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild conference. Mark Frankel, NBI’s Technical Director, presented the results of a new study on...

Living Future 2010 and the Emergence of zEPI (Zero Energy Performance Index)

Post / May 24, 2010

This year’s Living Future conference in Seattle provided many highlights. From the simple yet inspirational message of working together provided by Dr. John Francis to the heartfelt thanks (and slight roasting) NBI’s technical director Mark Frankel received as outgoing Director...

Window Volume Purchase Program Working to Lower Cost, Improve Availability

Post / May 18, 2010

R-5 windows can reduce average heat loss by 30-40% over common ENERGY STAR-qualified products (with an R-3 value), and low-e storm windows have the potential for twice the energy savings of those without a low-e coating, according to Department of...

NBI Well Represented at Cascadia Green Building Council’s Living Future Conference

Post / May 6, 2010

Today kicked off the first day of the annual Living Future (Un)conference taking place this year in Seattle, Washington.  Four employees from the Vancouver, Washington office, including Executive Director Dave Hewitt, will be joining NBI’s Technical Director Mark Frankel in...

Oregon Buildings Strive to Reach Net-Zero Energy Goal in ETO Pilot

Post / March 30, 2010

Fifteen new commercial building projects will push the limits of energy performance under a pilot program offered by the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO).  The Path to Net-Zero pilot program is targeting buildings that will achieve the lowest possible energy...

Green Building Code Released – Open for Public Review

Post / March 24, 2010

On Monday, March 15 2010, the International Code Council (ICC) released a green building code proposal, the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) Public Version 1.0, for public review.While NBI is not a sponsor of the IGCC proposal several NBI staff...

NBI Collaborates with CIEE on Two Measured Performance Case Studies

Post / January 26, 2010

In collaboration with the California Institute for Energy and the Environment (CIEE), NBI recently completed measured performance case studies for two buildings on the University of California campus at Merced (UCM). Classroom & Office Building Case StudyScience & Engineering Building...