Model Energy & Green Codes
NBI works collaboratively with a wide range of industry partners to bring model energy codes up to current market capabilities. Measures promoted by NBI include higher efficiency standards for equipment and advanced design strategies such as daylighting. Once adopted by states and local jurisdictions, the model code becomes the basis for minimum energy requirements.
Multifamily poses a conundrum for energy regulation. Generally, these buildings are constructed and renovated like commercial buildings but used like residential buildings. In order to address this issue and substantially improve the regulation of energy in multifamily buildings, NBI has submitted a proposal for the International Energy Conservation Code. Read More
NBI and several other leading national organizations are proposing code revisions for a range of 2015 International Code Council codes (I-codes). The purpose of the revision is to help the usability and effectiveness of the energy provisions in many of these I-codes as they relate to existing structures. Read More
In the previous I-Code cycle, NBI worked with AIA, U.S. DOE and other industry partners to offer proposals that would improve the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by 20% to 30%. NBI and partners offered comprehensive changes to the IECC based largely on NBI’s Core Performance Guide, which describes a direct and prescriptive path to high performance building that is practical, achievable and affordable.
NBI is involved in the International Code Council’s efforts to create a new green overlay code intended for more advanced jurisdictions and institutions. Known as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the IgCC provides an opportunityfor communities to adopt energy codes that are more advanced and holistic than the base IECC code or ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Read More
NBI has identified four studies as a general survey of the cost impact of increasing the level of energy efficiency in commercial new construction and major retrofits. Summaries of relevant conclusions are provided along with links to the individual reports. While not an exhaustive survey of cost material available, this is an indication of general experience with market costs when higher levels of energy efficiency are specified. Read More