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...

Massachusetts Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force Gets it Right

Post / October 10, 2009

In what can only be considered encouraging news, Massachusetts continues its aggressive pursuit of zero net energy buildings. This year, the Commonwealth adopted a new “stretch code” and the governor-appointed Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force released its comprehensive report,...

Better Energy Codes: It’s not rocket science

Post / October 5, 2009

Long the turf of behind-the-scenes bureaucrats, energy building codes are now playing a key role in the fight against climate change. Every three years, a group called the International Code Council (ICC) updates building energy codes and releases its “model”...