U.S. Clean Energy Jobs: Mapped Out

Post / March 15, 2018 / New Buildings Institute

In case you might’ve missed it, U.S. Clean Energy Progress released a comprehensive, dynamic tool that visually illustrates the strong growth and economic benefits of clean energy jobs, including wind, solar and energy efficiency, across the U.S. The U.S. Clean...

NBI’s Legacy of Code Advocacy Lives On

Post / March 8, 2018 / Codes And Policy / Energy Codes

New Buildings Institute (NBI) has played an active and influential role in building energy codes since the day its doors opened in 1997. Jeff Johnson, one of its first executive directors, was an ardent codes advocate with a long track...

Making the Path to Zero Energy Buildings Well Worn Together

Post / February 28, 2018 / Zero Net Energy / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

When does a path become a road? Is it volume of travelers, difficulty of terrain or perhaps the need to arrive more rapidly at the destination to create the attention and resources needed to smooth out the path? For zero...

Eric Makela Joins NBI’s Codes and Policy Team

Post / February 22, 2018 / New Buildings Institute / Energy Codes

We are pleased to announce the addition of Eric Makela to our Codes and Policy team. He brings over 30 years of global expertise in energy code development, training and evaluation, throughout the United States as well as abroad, including...

Educational Sector Leads on Zero Energy Buildings, but Lacks Retrofits

Post / January 29, 2018 / Zero Net Energy / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

New research by NBI looks at the reasons why existing schools don’t aim for zero. New Buildings Institute (NBI) recently released its Zero Energy* Buildings List with nearly 500 verified or emerging commercial buildings projects. Educational facilities continue to outpace...

Moving Daylighting into a New Era

Post / December 29, 2017 / New Buildings Institute / Daylighting

Note: To celebrate our 20th Anniversary we’ve invited energy efficiency leaders who have partnered with NBI to share their stories and successes. In this post, Nancy Jenkins Ander, P.E., Deputy Director, Office of Sustainability, Department of General Services, reflects on...

Checking in with the Passive House Network

Post / December 7, 2017 / New Buildings Institute / 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...

Outcomes Matter

Post / November 16, 2017 / Codes And Policy / Energy Codes

We all know what it takes to lead a healthy life—eat your vegetables, exercise, and visit your doctor to monitor your cholesterol, blood sugar, weight and blood pressure. Now imagine what life would be like if you decided to eat...

Stretch Codes: A Disruptive Solution to Super Charge Green Building

Post / November 6, 2017 / Codes And Policy / Energy Codes

This week, thousands of building industry professionals will converge at Greenbuild 2017 to share their excitement and progress advancing green buildings. While the number of green buildings—energy-efficient, zero energy, LEED and ENERGY STAR-certified, etc.—has grown dramatically over the last decade,...

A New Metric for Tracking Energy Codes Driving Toward Zero

Post / October 10, 2017 / Zero Net Energy / Energy Codes

ACEEE’s 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard was released in late September with Massachusetts leading based on six categories including utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state initiative and appliance standards, according to ACEEE. Looking ahead, there are...