2024 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon

News / June 5, 2024

Published by Oregon Business: New Buildings Institute ranked 42 out of 100 for best green workplaces in Oregon.

NBI Summer 2023 Newsletter

News / August 9, 2023

Our latest newsletter includes a new study surrounding Plug-In Heat Pump Water Heaters, a new blog on how homeowners with 100-150 amp panels can electrify their homes without a panel upgrade, information about our July 26th’s All-Electric Commercial Kitchens webinar,...

When flying is essential, how to make an impact through voluntary carbon offsets

Post / March 24, 2023

Greenhouse gas emissions from the airline industry are reaching new heights. By 2050, more than a quarter of all global emissions are expected to come from the aviation industry, according to a UN report. While many individuals and organizations are...

NBI Spring 2023 Newsletter

News / March 20, 2023

Our latest newsletter includes information about our 2023 Getting to Zero forum and how to register, recent blog post on central heat pump water heaters, recent verified projects from the CIRRUS Low Carbon program, a recent podcast featuring NBI and...

ASHRAE accelerates building decarbonization

Post / February 28, 2023

ASHRAE, along with 24 of the world’s leading building industry organizations, issued a statement a few months ago to government representatives attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 27) pledging to assume a leadership role in...

Energy in the Built Environment

News / January 30, 2023

Published by Connected World: Peggy Smedley digs deep into the NBI annual report to see how public policies and programs are changing to improve energy efficiency in our buildings.

2022 at NBI – Year in Review

News / January 4, 2023

Last year was a big year for NBI – not only did it mark our organization’s 25th anniversary, but we logged major accomplishments for every month of 2022. We’re grateful for the support you’ve given us along the way, which...

Passive House Podcast Ep. 120: Ralph DiNola, New Buildings Institute

News / January 3, 2023

Published by Passive House Accelerator: Passive House Podcast cohost Zack Semke interviews Ralph DiNola, Chief Executive Officer of New Buildings Institute (NBI). The two conducted the interview in the PAE Living Building in Portland, Oregon, the site of NBI’s headquarters...

Passive House Podcast Ep. 119: Mark Lyles, New Buildings Institute

News / January 3, 2023

Published by Passive House Accelerator: Passive House Podcast cohost Zack Semke interviews Mark Lyles, Senior Project Manager at New Buildings Institute (NBI). The two conducted the interview in the PAE Living Building in Portland, Oregon, the site of NBI’s headquarters...

Winter 2022 Newsletter from NBI

News / December 13, 2022

Our latest newsletter includes information on how to make comments on the 2024 residential IECC (please note that the deadline has now passed), the first CIRRUS Low Carbon project, new EMPOWERED resources to support distributed energy resource permitting and inspections,...

Fall 2022 Newsletter from NBI

News / October 19, 2022

Our latest newsletter includes information on our recently released Existing Building Decarbonization Code, how to make comments on the 2024 commercial IECC, the world’s first GridOptimal® building, results from Net Zero Buildings Week, and more. Interested in receiving email communications...

NBI’s Smita Gupta to serve as Director for Federal Facility Decarbonization

News / August 30, 2022

New Buildings Institute is proud to announce that Director of Building Innovation Smita Gupta has been appointed as a detailee to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)! The CEQ is one part of the Executive Office of the President and...

Hopeful in 2022 during this make-or-break year on climate change

Post / January 6, 2022

We are optimists, and a new year offers opportunities for inspiration and hope. Our current challenges seem unrelenting. But even as we battle several emergencies all at once, we see bright spots of opportunity for necessary and significant progress to...

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at New Buildings Institute

Post / September 28, 2021

We recognize there are structural injustices and inequities in our systems and climate work. NBI is committed to the journey necessary to ensure every member of our society has equal access to and benefits from zero energy and zero carbon....

Why K-12 Should Feature in America’s National Climate Strategy

Paper / April 21, 2021

This white paper by UndauntedK12, New Buildings Institute, and the Coalition for Climate Education Policy offers a national perspective on the urgent role that our K-12 sector must play in our national climate strategy. In particular, we urge state and…

Want to actually fix the environment? Change how buildings are built

News / January 29, 2021

Published by Fast Company: The U.S. is recommitting to dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and capping global warming under 1.5ºC. How do we make progress while also managing through a global pandemic? We need to talk about buildings. For decades,...

How Biden’s Sweeping Climate Plan Impacts CRE

News / January 28, 2021

Published by Commercial Property Executive: The executive orders create what the president called a “unified national response” to climate change. This article helps explain what that means for commercial real estate. Ralph DiNola, CEO, is quoted in the article, “We...

2020 NBI Newsletters

News / December 7, 2020

December 2020 Newsletter The December 2020 Newsletter includes information about: the growth of zero-energy verified buildings since 2018, 2021 IECC, the Advanced Water Heating Initiative, implementing building performance standards to reduce carbon emissions, a new awards program spotlighting all-electric building...

AECCafe Bunker Broadcast

News / December 3, 2020

Hear Reilly Loveland, Project Manager, talk about NBI, the Peninsula Clean Energy awards program, and more on the AECCafe Bunker Broadcast. Visit newbuildingsin.wpenginepowered.com to see some of the resources she mentioned during the call.

To Deal with Climate Crisis, Society Needs to Address Disconnect Between Energy and Health

News / October 2, 2020

Published by ecoRI News: As the planet spins into a deepening climate crisis, energy is one of the key topics on the table when it comes to mitigation. But much of the discussion, be it about solar power, wind energy,...

Energy Efficiency Day

Event / October 7, 2020

Energy Efficiency Day is the first Wednesday in October – Oct. 7, 2020. This effort is a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency advocacy groups around the United States. Join us.

2030 Climate Challenge

News / August 24, 2020

Earlier this year, the #2030ClimateChallenge launched to find bold solutions to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prioritize a low-carbon future that promotes economic prosperity and personal well-being. NBI is proud to partner with the Institute for Market Transformation, Architecture...

Electrification Nation: Buildings and Energy

News / July 22, 2020

Published by OurEnergyPolicy.org: Residential and commercial buildings are responsible for almost 40% of total carbon emissions in the United States. Policymakers with a focus on climate action are taking notice; they are advancing both policies that reduce emissions from the...

Reilly Loveland Wins USGBC Green Schools Ambassador Award

Post / March 12, 2020

NBI Project Manager Reilly Loveland was recently awarded the USGBC Center for Green Schools Ambassador Award at the March Green Schools Conference and Expo held this year in NBI’s hometown, Portland. Ore. We asked Reilly some questions about the award,...

Local students and parents win Green School Awards

News / March 6, 2020

Published by Portland Tribune: Local students, parents and others were honored for their efforts to help make area schools more sustainable during the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Portland on Monday, March 2. Reilly Loveland, project manager of the...

Trying To Build A Zero Carbon Future

News / March 3, 2020

In this interview at GreenBuild 2019, Ralph DiNola, CEO, spoke about his green building goals, his desire to bring the building sector to zero carbon and zero energy.

Sustainability Symposium 2020

Event / January 20, 2020

NBI is pleased to partner with Green Builder Media on the 4th annual Sustainability Symposium 2020. The event will focus on Improving the Human Condition and highlight how a sustainable built environment and transportation system can foster environmental stewardship, social…

2019 NBI Newsletters

News / December 10, 2019

The December 2019 newsletter is available here. Read our December 2019 newsletter for a variety of energy related news, including: 2021 IECC, San Jose’s Reach Codes, NBI Fellows, Zero Carbon buildings, Passive House, California’s ZNE Leadership Award winners, a new...

About NBI

Factsheet / December 7, 2019

With this printer friendly 2-page factsheet, learn more about how NBI is working to find strategic points of leverage that will deliver the best outcomes for improving building efficiency.

Reflecting on the 2019 Getting to Zero Forum – Optimism, Urgency and Poised for Action

Post / November 13, 2019

As urgency around addressing climate change increases, local leaders are working to define near-term actions, including those targeting the built environment, which accounts for 39% of global carbon emissions. Uptake in actions happening across the United States include: a surge...