Ithaca Leads in New York for Net Zero Energy Building Standards

Post / November 29, 2018

The energy use in buildings across the town and city of Ithaca is responsible for nearly 75% of carbon emissions, according to the local sustainability officials. To reduce its carbon footprint, the two jurisdictions are taking important steps to increase...

Banking on Sustainable, Zero Energy

Post / August 21, 2018

How Suncoast Credit Union is leading the way to save energy and connect with its customers and community With close to 700,000 members, Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in Florida. It’s also a leading company in sustainable...

California Schools Have a Lot to Teach Us About Zero Net Energy

Post / December 27, 2016

Congratulations are in order for nine innovative school districts, iconic projects and leading-edge designers and firms that were honored last month with a ZNE School Leadership Award. These were notably the first non-residential zero net energy (ZNE) awards in the...

Top 16 Trends for 2016

Post / January 6, 2016

Each year at NBI, we get together to discuss the most significant and potentially impactful or disruptive trends we see coming in the commercial building and energy sectors and actions individuals can take to get ahead of what’s to come....

Five Reasons Why Zero Energy Buildings are the Real Deal

Post / March 31, 2015

When New Buildings Institute published the first-ever list of verified zero energy buildings in 2012, an abstract concept turned real. These were documented examples of high-efficiency buildings coupled with onsite renewables that could produce enough energy to power themselves over...

Early adopters receive training on ZNE Buildings

Post / December 22, 2014

New Buildings Institute, CPUC and utilities collaborated to host two southern California training on zero net energy trends, policy and funding opportunities, case studies, and tools for communicating and planning zero energy buildings. Materials from the workshop are linked below....

Do Green Buildings Make Dollars and Sense?

Post / November 21, 2009

Last week, CB Richard Ellis and the University of San Diego presented “Do Green Buildings Make Dollars and Sense?” at the annual USGBC GreenBuild conference in Phoenix, AZ. The study compared 154 Energy Star labeled buildings in 10 selected markets...

The Chicago Chapter of the USGBC publishes a measured performance study of 25 Illinois LEED projects

Post / November 12, 2009

Due to our continued work in the field of measured performance, NBI is encouraged to see other organizations conducting significant research in this realm. Contributing perspectives such as this one, not only broadens the conversation, but also serves to reinforce...

NBI’s Code Proposals Clear First Hurdle

Post / November 3, 2009

Model energy codes that require 30% better efficiency just got a step closer to reality. NBI’s major energy code proposal, EC 147, was approved on a 6-5 vote last Friday (October 30) at the IECC Code Development Hearings in Baltimore,...

Three Recent Reports Catch Our Eye

Post / October 23, 2009

The energy efficiency field is comprised of many groups and organizations conducting and publishing important work. Occasionally NBI comes across a report that not only helps to inform our efforts but which we consider critical to the advancement of energy...