No more CBECS…Now what?

Post / June 14, 2011

In April’s budget compromise, Congress cut the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) FY 2011 funding by 14 percent. That equates to a roughly $15.2 million reduction, forcing “adjustments” to many of EIA’s energy data, analysis and forecasting programs. Programs that guide...

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...

A Different T – Party: Thinking About Transforming the Market to Measured Performance

Post / June 22, 2010

On a recent spring day more than 20 leading design professionals gathered in a small conference room at EHDD Architects in San Francisco. I had asked them to join this newly formed group I call “CAMP” – California Advisors on...

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...

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...