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The building sector is responsible for roughly 40% of energy used in the United States and more than one-third of the carbon emissions.

We remain committed to the same goal since our founding in 1997: accelerate adoption of best practices in energy performance for the built environment. Almost all of the resources we provide as a thinktank nonprofit – research, reports, webinars and more – are available for free to help move the building sector toward full decarbonization. Your donation to support our work can help us continue to keep sharing these vital resources at no cost.

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Your contribution to NBI’s work funds work across our programs to:

  • ensure our national, state and local building codes move buildings into a climate-positive future
  • drive innovation and adoption of technology for carbon neutral buildings
  • educate architects, engineers, builders, owners, and others in the buildings sector how to deliver zero energy / carbon neutral buildings

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes New Buildings Institute as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts to NBI are tax-deductible in the United States to the fullest extent of the law. Our Federal Tax ID # is 68-0401509. If you’re curious to learn more about the impact of our work, check out our most recent annual report.

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With your support, we can change the landscape for energy use in buildings.

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Corporate Support Options

NBI’s work is made possible by the generous support of both philanthropic and corporate partners. Financial support helps us work towards a future where the built environment is a positive force against climate change. We have a range of projects available for corporate sponsor support. Learn more about them below:



Next Gen Student Program

Leaders Circle


NBI partnership provides opportunities to create change through decarbonization and energy efficiency. General partners make our program work possible and can collaborate with NBI on custom projects.


NBI’s key initiatives, such  as the GridOptimal® Buildings InitiativeAdvanced Water Heating Initiative and other projects are available for sponsorship. Companies may support projects with an annual or multi-year commitment. 


The Next Gen program is for undergraduate students, and is designed to bolster inclusivity in the buildings industry. Sponsorship support helps college students of color receive mentorship, educational and professional development support.


The Leaders Circle is a membership program designed to promote leading zero energy (ZE) building firms. Building design, engineering, and construction firms with Verified ZE Buildings in NBI’s Getting to Zero Buildings Database are eligible to join.

Benefits include discounted consulting support, thought leadership engagement, and early access to NBI research and reports. Benefits include membership on working groups and technical advisory committees, early access to research and reports, and discounted consulting support 
Benefits include publicity, equity/diversity program engagement, potential mentorship opportunity for staff 
Benefits include publicity, access to educational resources for staff, co-branded Zero Energy Buildings Checklist, other discounts and benefits
Contribution amounts range from $25,000 to $150,000 per year Contribution amounts: negotiable Contribution options start at $5,000 to sponsor a student Membership contribution amounts start at $2,500 per year
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If interested in corporate sponsorships, please contact Meghan Humphreys for more information.

(Photo above: Bishop O’Dowd High School | Credit: David Wakely)

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Donations to NBI are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
NBI is an IRS certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID number 68-0401509.