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Code & Policy

2015 IgCC gives cities and states something to be thankful for

Post / November 25, 2014 / Codes And Policy

As we move toward Thanksgiving this Thursday, the recent adoption of the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) gives cities and states a lot to be thankful for. Four critical proposals that will drive significant improvements in building energy performance...

Research

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...

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2015 IgCC gives cities and states something to be thankful for

Post / November 25, 2014 / Codes And Policy

As we move toward Thanksgiving this Thursday, the recent adoption of the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) gives cities and states a lot to be thankful for. Four critical proposals that will drive significant improvements in building energy performance...

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5 Steps to Plug Load Savings

Post / July 10, 2012

In the goal of reducing energy costs, businesses–-even those in the energy efficiency industry–have historically focused on upgrades to equipment and facilities, while largely ignoring occupant behavior. But as building systems improve in efficiency, the human side of the energy...

Codes & Policy

There are no code & policy for New Buildings Institute. Please see our other code & policy below.

2018 IECC Code

Code & Policy / September 14, 2016 / Advanced Buildings, Codes And Policy

Voting members, be sure to vote! The CDP voting period is November 8 through November 22. All votes are important, but be sure to review NBI’s Voting Recommendations and the following General Energy Efficiency Voting Recommendations before you vote. Final...

2018 IECC and Multifamily Homes

Code & Policy / March 9, 2016 / Codes And Policy / Policy

Multifamily poses a conundrum for energy regulation. Generally, these buildings are constructed and renovated like commercial buildings but used like residential buildings. As a result, regulation of multifamily buildings has been split between the residential and the commercial codes. The...

Steps to Achieving Outcome-Based Energy Codes

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance

Outcome-based energy codes require that a number of policy, data and administration pieces be put in place. Key to the process are: Better data about actual building performance Information about how the building stock is currently performing is sparse.  More...

Costs of Advanced Efficiency Measures in Commercial Buildings

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

NBI has identified the following four studies as a general survey of the cost impact of increasing the level of energy efficiency in commercial new construction and major retrofits. This is not an exhaustive survey of cost material available, but...

zEPI

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) includes many progressive measures that will improve the energy performance of buildings. One important provision describes the Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI), which provides a scale for measuring commercial building energy performance. zEPI...

Zero Net Energy Policies

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

Policies and programs can dramatically change the landscape for Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. There is burgeoning market interest in ZNE, and policies and programs can foster and grow that interest through leadership, direct support, and the reduction of risks and...

Utility Programs and Stretch Codes

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Bringing energy codes to market often involves a comprehensive approach that starts years before a code is adopted by a local jurisdiction. NBI provides technical assistance through each stage of code development. NBI aggregates technical information from existing high performance buildings. Observed trends...

Outcome-Based Energy Codes

Code & Policy / December 21, 2015 / Outcome-Based Performance

Our nation’s current energy codes include structural and enforcement characteristics that limit the ability to achieve significantly more energy savings without major changes. Current energy code strategies consider only a limited number of the factors that impact building energy performance. ...

2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) Development

Code & Policy / December 21, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is an effort of the International Code Council (ICC) aimed at creating a new green overlay code for the ICC’s suite of I-Codes.  The IgCC includes requirements for a range of issues pertinent to...

2015 IECC and IEBC Development

Code & Policy / December 21, 2015 / Advanced Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits

NBI and several other leading organizations proposed code revisions for a range of 2015 International Code Council codes (I-codes) including the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the International Existing Building Code (IEBC). The purpose is to help the usability...

Model Energy & Green Codes

Code & Policy / December 19, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

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...

White Paper on Establishing a Pathway to Outcome-Based Codes and Policies

Code & Policy / November 13, 2012

For several years, NBI has been engaged in wide‐ranging conversations about code stringency increases and the degree to which current code strategies can continue to achieve aggressive efficiency goals that have been targeted. We have come to recognize that current...

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Progress Report 2013-2014

Report / August 13, 2015 / New Buildings Institute

This Progress Report begins with a message from our CEO and Board President and contains key highlights from our programs, reports and news.

Events

There are no events for New Buildings Institute. Please see our other events below.

ZNE School Retrofit Readiness

Webinar / September 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm / Zero Net Energy

This webinar will share the findings of a recent study, commissioned by the California Public Utilities Commission and conducted by NBI, that identifies opportunities for K-14 schools to achieve a zero net energy (ZNE) performance. NBI investigated decision-making patterns and…

National Grid Presents — Benchmarking — A Practical Approach 101

Webinar / September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm / Outcome-Based Performance

Part I of this two-part webinar covers the necessary steps for complying with local benchmarking ordinances such as those in New York City and Boston. This is also the first step in assessing the performance of the building in order…

National Grid Presents — Benchmarking — A Practical Approach 102

Webinar / October 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm / Outcome-Based Performance

Part II of this two-part webinar covers how to build on the basic benchmarking covered in Part I. It will identify the strategies and tools that can be used to take basic benchmarking information and build on it so that…

The Business of ZNE School Retrofits and Community Impact

Event / November 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This three-hour session focuses on the business of creating ZNE school retrofit projects within California’s K-12 and community college campuses. This interactive workshop will highlight the experiences of districts participating in the Proposition 39 ZNE Schools Pilot program including planning,…

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From High Performance to Net Zero

News / September 21, 2017 / New Buildings Institute

Ralph DiNola, CEO, was at Verge on September 21 participating in the breakout session “From High Performance to Net Zero: Charting a Path Forward”. See our Facebook page for streaming coverage of the session.

NBI News

News / August 14, 2017 / New Buildings Institute

The latest NBI newsletter includes the following articles and more… The Sum of its Parts – Honoring the Paris Climate Agreement, New Tool Calculates Water Savings from Efficiency Measures, Rhode Island Shows Economic and Climate Leadership by Embracing Zero Energy,...

Blueprint Outlines Key Actions to Improve Systems Efficiency in Buildings

News / May 8, 2017 / New Buildings Institute

New Buildings Institute joined the Alliance to Save Energy and more than 50 other organizations and companies to release a blueprint outlining key actions that businesses, governments, design professionals and others can take to improve systems efficiency in buildings. It...

NBI’s Spring Newsletter

News / April 24, 2017 / New Buildings Institute

News includes: list shows a doubling of ZNE projects, cities getting help to prioritize energy upgrades, lighting demand for indoor agriculture increasing, commemorating Earth Day, zero energy schools and training.

Energy Department awards nearly $1.3 million to encourage data-driven local energy planning; releases research results

News / August 12, 2016 / New Buildings Institute, Outcome-Based Performance / Benchmarking & Feedback

In support of cities’ efforts to reduce energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of energy efficiency technologies, the Energy Department today selected three projects to help cities integrate energy analysis and data into their strategic decision...

Zero Net Energy Initiatives Taking Root

News / August 11, 2016 / New Buildings Institute, Zero Net Energy / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

This article digs into California’s successes with zero energy buildings and overall increases in ZEBs nationwide.

DOE Awards $3.7 Million to Spur Investment in Commercial Energy Code Compliance

News / June 29, 2016 / New Buildings Institute

The Building Technologies Office has selected three projects to receive a total of $3.7 million to study the effects of improving the implementation of commercial building energy codes. New Buildings Institure is responsible for one of these projects. NBI will...

USGBC approves New Construction Guide for LEED Pilot Credit Library

News / February 10, 2016 / New Buildings Institute

(Portland, Ore.) Feb. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has approved the addition of New Buildings Institute’s (NBI) Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide as a LEED Pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP). By following the prescriptive path in...

Why a leading building energy group relocated from Washington to Portland

News / August 11, 2015 / New Buildings Institute

After operating for 18 years in Vancouver, Washington, White Salmon, Washington and Hood River, New Buildings Institute has relocated to the Rose City. Portland Business Journal caught up with Ralph DiNola, CEO, to find out more about the move and upcoming...

Nancy Jenkins of Southern California Edison Joins NBI Board

News / June 17, 2015 / New Buildings Institute

June 17, 2015—New Buildings Institute (NBI) has announced the addition of Nancy Jenkins, manager of DSM Strategy and Compliance at Southern California Edison (SCE), as the newest member of the organization’s Board of Directors. Ms. Jenkins is currently responsible for...

New Buildings Institute welcomes new executive director

News / May 24, 2013 / New Buildings Institute

Ralph DiNola to head nonprofit’s work advancing energy performance in buildings; retains ties to Green Building Services as strategic advisor May 23, 2013–New Buildings Institute (NBI) today announced that Ralph DiNola has been named the organization’s new executive director. The...

Blog

NBI 20th Anniversary: The Arc of Innovation

Post / September 21, 2017 / New Buildings Institute

by CEO Ralph DiNola Anniversaries provide the opportunity to mark a point in time and provide the space to examine accomplishments, purpose, and vision of the future. Staff and board members, some with NBI since the beginning, are reflecting on...

The Sum of its Parts – Honoring the Paris Climate Agreement

Post / June 2, 2017 / New Buildings Institute / Policy

Last October, New Buildings Institute along with a host of partners, opened the Getting to Zero National Forum with great enthusiasm, sharing gratitude and satisfaction over the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, noting how the global agreement to address...

New Tool Calculates Water Savings from Energy Efficiency Measures, Spotlights the Water-Energy Nexus in Buildings

Post / May 31, 2017 / New Buildings Institute

The water-energy nexus is a nascent topic in the building industry. The impact on water systems linked to energy generation has important ecological, conservation, and sustainability implications, particularly in water-strained areas such as the Southwestern desert of the United States....

Increasing Energy Efficiency Through Connected Systems

Post / May 11, 2016 / New Buildings Institute / Integrated Solutions

Ralph Dinola, CEO, recently spoke at the EE Global Forum in Washington, D.C. The presentation was “Increasing EE Through Connected Systems: How Can Communities Take Into Account Holistic System Efficiency From Day One”, and this is his talk. At NBI,...

Top 16 Trends for 2016

Post / January 6, 2016 / New Buildings Institute

Each year at NBI, we get together to discuss the most significant and potentially impactful or disruptive trends we see coming in the commercial building and energy sectors and actions individuals can take to get ahead of what’s to come....

A Pause to Remember Jeff Johnson

Post / August 18, 2015 / New Buildings Institute

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Jeff Johnson, New Buildings Institute’s (NBI) former executive director from 2000 to 2005. He died doing what he loved, mountain biking in the Columbia Gorge. Jeff was a person who...

We Hear You

Post / March 4, 2015 / New Buildings Institute

I recently checked in with as many NBI stakeholders as I could to learn a little more about them and to see how NBI’s doing. A few months ago an email containing a link to an online communications interest survey...

Top Ten Priorities for Getting to 2030

Post / January 6, 2015 / New Buildings Institute

A New Year’s Reality Check, 15 Years In… Where does the time go? Just last week we celebrated the arrival of 2015, in all of its New Year’s freshness and possibility. And while I’m happy to greet the new year with...

NBI taps Charles Eley as a Fellow

Post / August 21, 2014 / New Buildings Institute

New Buildings Institute (NBI) is pleased to announce that Charles Eley, longtime energy efficiency advocate and consultant, has been named an NBI Fellow. NBI Fellowship recognizes luminary energy efficiency professionals who have made a significant contribution to society through their...

Case StudiesView All

There are no case studies for New Buildings Institute. Please see our other case studies below.

Radiant Cooling and Heating Systems Case Study: Port of Portland Headquarters

Case Study / September 13, 2017 / Advanced Buildings / HVAC

The Port of Portland headquarters was studied under a California Energy Commission EPIC research project on radiant heating and cooling systems in 2016-2017. It is a three story office space with 450 Port employees built above seven stories of public…

Radiant Cooling and Heating Systems Case Study: Pomona College Millikan Laboratory and Andrew Science Hall

Case Study / September 13, 2017 / Advanced Buildings / HVAC

The Pomona College Millikan Laboratory and Andrew Science Hall (Millikan Building) was studied under a California Energy Commission EPIC research project on radiant heating and cooling systems in 2016-2017. It is a 3-story, 75,000 square foot building comprised of physics…

Radiant Cooling and Heating Systems Case Study: Lovejoy Opsis Building

Case Study / September 13, 2017 / Advanced Buildings / HVAC

radiant heating and cooling systems in 2016-2017. It is a two-story, 19,460 square foot retail and office building located in Portland, Oregon. The building was constructed in 1910 as stables for an historic hardware company. Opsis Architecture purchased the building…

Radiant Cooling and Heating Systems Case Study: Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building

Case Study / September 13, 2017 / Advanced Buildings / HVAC

The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building was studied under a California Energy Commission EPIC research project on radiant heating and cooling systems in 2016-2017. It is an 18-story, 512,474 square foot office building located in Portland, Oregon. The building houses…

Radiant Cooling and Heating Systems Case Study: Bullitt Center

Case Study / September 13, 2017 / Advanced Buildings / HVAC

The Bullitt Center was studied under a California Energy Commission EPIC research project on radiant heating and cooling systems in 2016-2017. It is a six-story, 44,700 square foot (SF) office building located in Seattle, WA. The Bullitt Foundation, a nonprofit…

Verified ZNE Building Case Study: North Face & VF Outdoors

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

The North Face corporate facility is part of the VF Outdoor Campus in Alameda, California. The VF Outdoors Headquarters occupies 14 acres of the Harbor Business Park and includes a 160,000-square-foot, four-building development completed in 2012. A fifth building is…

Emerging ZNE Building Case Study: Environmental Innovation Center

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

Completed in 2014, the Environmental Innovation Center (EIC) in San José, CA, is a local government-owned education and environmental resources center that is targeting zero net energy (ZNE) performance. The project contains a 10,000-square-foot new building and a retrofit of…

Emerging ZNE Building Case Study: California State Lottery District Office in Santa Fe Springs

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

The California State Lottery District Office in Santa Fe Springs is a retrofit of an existing 12,840-square-foot warehouse and is one of the first state-owned and operated buildings to target zero net energy (ZNE). The Lottery partnered with LPAS Architecture…

Verified ZNE Building Case Study: Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems Manufacturing Facility

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

The Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems (BAGS) manufacturing facility is a retrofit of a 1969 concrete warehouse that was renovated in 2008 to be a zero net energy (ZNE) building. The 63,000-square-foot Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems manufacturing facility produces custom glass…

Verified ZNE Building Case Study: 435 Indio Way

Case Study / March 8, 2017 / Zero Net Energy

435 Indio Way in Sunnyvale, California, was built in 1973 as a research and development laboratory and office for Hewlett Packard. Like many buildings in the Silicon Valley, it is a simple one-story, tilt-up that since 2006 had been left…

Ultra-Low Energy School Case Study: Jeffrey Trail Middle School

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The Jeffrey Trail Middle School is a new school in the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). The school was designed and constructed to meet the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) performance standards for exemplary energy and water conservation. With…

Low Energy School Case Study: Georgina Blach Intermediate School

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The Georgina Blach Intermediate School, part of the Los Altos School District, Iocated in Los Altos, California, serves 450 students in seventh and eighth grades. Facilities at the school were unimproved since their construction in 1958, 1962-63 and 1978 and…

Emerging ZNE School Case Study: George V. LeyVa Middle School Administration Building

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The George V. LeyVa Middle School Administration Building was designed to be one of the first zero net energy (ZNE) public school buildings in California as well as the first zero net emissions public school building in California. This leading…

ZNE Case Study: West Berkeley Public Library

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The West Berkeley Public Library is the first verified zero net energy (ZNE) public library in California. Completed in late 2013, the 9,400-square-foot library produces as much or more energy than it consumes on an annual basis. To reach its…

Ultra-Low Energy School Case Study: San Francisco City College Multi-Use Building

Case Study / December 13, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The San Francisco City College Multi-Use Building is a pioneering project for large, low-energy facilities. At 102,000 square feet, the building is one of the largest in the United States to rely nearly entirely on natural ventilation to meet fresh…

ZNE Multifamily Case Study: zHome Multifamily Complex

Case Study / October 10, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

The zHome multifamily complex was the first zero net energy project of its kind in the United States. This complex is made up of 10 units and a shared community area. The design approach of the project centered on energy…

ZNE Portfolio Case Study: Gundersen Health System

Case Study / October 10, 2016 / Zero Net Energy

Gundersen Health System is the largest portfolio of buildings striving to reach zero net energy performance on a district wide scale in North America. The portfolio is made up of 45 new and existing buildings and spanning more than 2.5…

Savings Verification for Performance Contracting

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Washington’s Department of General Administration supervised an energy system retrofit of Spokane’s Westlake State Hospital and then was responsible for verifying the energy savings resulting from the improvements. However, when the hospital’s energy management system experienced a partial loss of…

The Runaway Building

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

EZ Sim showed its versatility and its accuracy when analyzing a building with run away winter energy bills. While the building was initially modeled using a traditional engineering method, EZ Sim provided a quicker alternative to identify the nature of…

EZ SIM – Shows Bonus Energy Savings for County Office Building

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

When a county building’s facility manager wanted to know if it was time to upgrade the building’s heat pumps, EZ Sim’s detective work helped to uncover more savings in more places than she bargained.

New England Regional Council of Carpenters

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) represents 22,000 carpenters, pile drivers, shop and mill men, and floorcoverers working in the New England states.

Gibney Family Vision Center

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), a non-profit organization founded in 1926, is the only private rehabilitation agency to offer free training, services and support to visually impaired Vermonters of all ages. VABVI offices are located…

Fidelity Bank

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Fidelity Bank is one of the oldest and continually growing independent, local community banks in Central Massachusetts. In January 2007, the bank opened its new Corporate Center and Branch in Leominster, Massachusetts. The four-story building includes office space as well…

Duxbury Bay Maritime School

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Serving more than 1,800 students annually, the not-for-profit Duxbury Bay Maritime School aims to connect the community through educational and recreational programs with its primary resource, Duxbury Bay.

Child and Family of Newport County Case Study

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Child and Family of Newport County (CF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families and communities through services such as preschool childcare, counseling, home care for the elderly and disabled, substance abuse education, home-based child welfare, transitional housing for…

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Case Study

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

In September 2010, the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School opened its new green building, ready to accommodate 600 students. This new building includes masonry and steel construction, a 3,300 square foot state-of-the-art library and media center, a 5,700 square foot gymnasium,…

Advanced Buildings Project Directory & Case Studies

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Advanced Buildings

Below are Advanced Buildings projects that have utilized Core Performance including links to case studies or project profiles when available.

Emerging ZNE K-12 School: Turkey Foot Middle School

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Kenton County School District believes “schools should use less energy, demonstrate sound environmental practices and serve as a fundamental tool for learning.” Since the District had experience with a formal energy management program that saved over $2 million since…

Ultra-Low Energy Building: The Ramona

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Ramona is a mixed-use development in the urban Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. The building hosts 138 units of affordable housing and two educational facilities. Portland Public Schools rents 13,000 SF for programs for children ages 3 to 6.…

ZNE Retail Bank Branch: TD Bank

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

TD Bank has been an environmental leader since 1990. As one of the ten largest banks in the United States, they chose to move beyond LEED certification to pilot a Zero Net Energy design for a retail bank branch in…

Emerging ZNE K-12 School: Dr. David Suzuki Public School

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Dr. David Suzuki Public School combines readily available and demonstration technologies to create a school building that serves as a living laboratory for 550 students in Windsor, Ontario. The two-story kindergarten through 8th grade school includes classrooms, a gymnasium,…

Emerging ZNE Building: Rice Fergus Miller Office and Studio

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

Rice Fergus Miller breathed new life into an abandoned 1948 Sears Automotive Center and positioned their new office solidly on the path to net zero. This urban infill transformation project took a dilapidated structure that had been abandoned for 23…

ZNE School: Putney Field House

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Putney Field House is located on a 461-acre parcel, with areas dedicated to forestry, education and agriculture. The site includes indigenous plantings and a production garden. The state-of-the art field house and wellness center was built to provide winter…

A ZNE Building: Leon County Cooperative Extension Office Building

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The mission of the Leon County Cooperative Extension is to educate the community about research performed at the University of Florida through interactive opportunities and demonstration sites. A recent retrofit of their 13,000 SF office was the perfect opportunity to…

ZNE District: Anna Maria Historic Green Village

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Anna Maria Historic Green Village is an unusual combination of historic restoration and modern technology. Owners Mike and Lizzie Thrasher have worked diligently to preserve four 100-year old buildings and merge history with state-of-the-art green technology, all while bringing…

ZNE Museum: Exploratorium

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

When the Exploratorium outgrew its old location at the Palace of Fine Arts, the City of San Francisco offered to provide Piers 15 and 17 on its historic waterfront as a larger relocation option for the science museum. After structurally…

ZNE Small Office Retrofit: Bacon Street Offices

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

The Bacon Street Office project is a 4,500 SF retrofit of a single-story, 1950’s-era auto repair shop into a high performance office for the firm ARCHITECTS hannah gabriel wells. Through creative design strategies, renewable energy generation and with support from…

ZNE Training Center: Zero Net Energy Center

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

When it came time to upgrade their training facility, the IBEW Local 595 and NECA chapters targeted net zero energy. They wanted to demonstrate that this goal was achievable and train their electrical contractors on the latest, cutting-edge energy efficiency…

ZNE Office: David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

When the Packard Foundation started thinking about building a new headquarters, they wanted to make sure the final product reflected the organization’s values. These include conserving the Earth’s natural resources over the long-term, providing a comfortable and healthy space that…

Ultra-Low Energy High Rise Office: The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Headquarters

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy / Existing Buildings

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) headquarters is an ultralow-energy, Class A office building that pushes the norm in sustainable design. Located in downtown San Francisco, the 13-story building houses more than 900 employees who were previously located in…

Ultra-Low Energy Multifamily Residence: La Valentina North Townhomes

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy / Existing Buildings

The La Valentine North Townhome project is the result of a partnership between SMUD and the owner/developer of the project, Domus Development LLC. The 18-unit affordable multifamily development is a research and demonstration project in SMUD’s Townhouse Home of the…

ZNE K-12 School: Redding School for the Arts

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy / Existing Buildings

Redding School for the Arts in Northern California connects education and arts for K-8 students in a community of 90,000 people. The school was originally created in August 1999 in response to the rapid decline of arts programs in local…

ZNE Small Office Retrofit: DPR Construction

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Zero Net Energy / Existing Buildings

Acting as owner, designer and contractor, DPR rehabbed a near-obsolete, 1984 building into a vibrant, zero-net energy multi-tenant office. DPR’s new 24,000 SF tenant improvement includes an open office space along with 11 conference rooms, a large gathering area and…

Case Study: PIER

Case Study / June 8, 2012

Using FirstView™ software and services, NBI analyzed 22 buildings involved in the State of California’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The participating projects were a broad distribution of type and California climate zones, with concentrations in the central and…

Case Study: StopWaste

Case Study / June 6, 2012

In March 2007, 31 staff at StopWaste.Org moved into a renovated building in downtown Oakland, California. Their goal was to transform a dilapidated, 14,000 SF, two-story structure into an attractive and environmentally responsible building. Built in 1926, the building is…

Case Studies of Applications for FirstView Software

Case Study / May 21, 2012

Several organizations and companies have utilized the FirstView™ software to analyze building energy performance. Some have relied on FirstView software for diagnostics to lead them to potential areas for improvement, while others have used FirstView software as a way to…

Case Study: USGBC Building Performance Program

Case Study / May 18, 2012

NBI's FirstView™ software and services have been used on over 200 LEED buildings involved in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Building Performance Partnership (BPP). BPP is a voluntary program designed to improve the performance of green buildings by providing a…

Lovejoy Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

In Portland, OR a retrofit of the existing load-bearing brick structure required a major seismic upgrade in this building. The architects used this as an opportunity for an integrated response to advanced structural upgrades, enhanced user thermal comfort and improved…

Johnson Braund Design Group Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

Johnson Braund Design Group (JBDG) in Seattle was able to dramatically improve their building’s energy performance, reduce operating costs and provide a test ground for energy-efficient design strategies to influence its clients. The JBDG Building now uses 69% less energy…

Christman Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The Christman in Lansing, MI is one of the few Triple LEED Platinum buildings designated by the USGBC LEED Program. The building is located in a climate zone comparable to Montana, northeast Washington and eastern Idaho, and its age and…

Aventine Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The Aventine in LaJolla, CA is a certified LEED Existing Building Platinum and has an Energy Star rating of 100, the highest possible, and uses just 23 kBtus/sf, 75% less than the national average for offices. Retrofits addressed high-energy loads…

1525 Wilson Boulevard Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

This all-electric building in Rossyln, VA used a combination of energy efficiency strategies, including replacing HVAC and lighting systems and providing tenant education. Energy use was reduced by 35% in just one year, resulting in savings over $250,000 on energy…

Mercy Corps Headquarters Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

This building in Portland, OR is 50% historic renovation and 50% new construction. The information in this profile addresses both the renovated and the new parts of the building. Pursuing energy efficiency supports their mission of sustainability, and lower operating…

Home On The Range Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

This Project Profile builds on a case study prepared by USGBC, including data on energy performance for one year, and provides updated owner feedback and energy use data. The actual energy use of the building in Billings, MT, is 46 kBtu/sf/yr, 51% better than the…

Beardmore Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The Beardmore in Priest River, Idaho has the distinction of being one of the few buildings in the country that is both LEED Gold certified and on the National Register of Historic Places. The project demonstrates a very successful renovation…

200 Market Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The 200 Market building in Portland, OR, has made continuous energy retrofits and system improvements. These efforts have moved the building from an ENERGY STAR score of 79 in 2006 to a score of 98 (out of 100) in 2010,…

Joseph Vance Building Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

Since its acquisition, significant investments have been made to renovate this building in Seattle to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance, as well as tenant experience. Occupancy increased from 68% to 96% and has seen increased rents, tenant retention and…

Alliance Center Case Study

Case Study / April 27, 2012 / Deep Energy Retrofits

The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado launched a project titled “Modeling a Net Zero Future: Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings” to explore options that will enable it to approach a zero-net energy goal. Several documents developed for the project are referenced…

A Zero Energy Building: IDeAs Z2 Design Facility

Case Study / April 26, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

IDeAs’ new headquarters in San Jose, CA was designed to meet 100% of its net energy requirements using renewable energy from photovoltaics.

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Jane D’Aza Convent, House of Formation

Case Study / April 25, 2012

This series of smaller buildings in San Rafael, CA reflects a contemporary vision that includes a strong commitment to environmental responsibility.

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Wampanoag Tribal Headquarters

Case Study / April 25, 2012

This building serves as an administrative, educational, and social center for the Wampanoag tribe, which has inhabited Martha’s Vineyard for hundreds of years. The design approach embodies the traditional Native American belief system of interdependence and respect for nature.

A Zero Energy Building: Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

Achieving net-zero energy required a design that eliminated waste and maximized the use of renewable energy resources. This building in Rhinebeck, NY is purposely compact, organized to harvest daylight, solar energy, and cooling breezes to reduce energy needs

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

For this two-story building in Cupertino, CA the design process moved through six steps to responsibly approach carbon neutral operation and roughly track increasing cost effectiveness.

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Gilman Ordway Building at the Woods Hole Research Center

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

In Falmouth, MA a 19th-century summer home is respectfully adapted with the addition of a contemporary office, laboratory, and common spaces. The integration of passive-solar and energy-conservation strategies, optimal performance, and onsite renewable power generation make this building 83% more…

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Plano Elementary School

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

Plano Elementary School serves 435 students in Warren County, Kentucky. The building includes 32 classrooms, 14 offices, six resource centers, media center, gym, server room, and cafeteria with kitchen. There are 20 public schools in this district and five of…

A Zero Energy Building: Leslie Shao-Ming Sun Field Station at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

One of the explicit energy goals for this building was to achieve net-zero carbon emissions on a recurring annual basis. The most significant strategies employed to maximize energy conservation focused on the building’s cooling, heating, and lighting systems. Due to…

A Zero Energy-Capable Building: Doyle Conservation Center

Case Study / April 25, 2012 / Zero Net Energy

This training facility showcases the organization’s conservation activities. The LEED Gold rating reflects the mission of the Trustees of Reservations, which is “To preserve for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.”

A Case For Deep Savings: 11 Case studies of Deep Energy Retrofits

Case Study / August 23, 2011 / Deep Energy Retrofits

For NEEA’s BetterBricks program, New Buildings Institute investigated* 11 examples of energy retrofits in existing commercial buildings that, on average, use 50% less energy than the national average – most with an energy use intensity (EUI) of less than 40…

Measured Performance Case Study; Classroom & Office Building, UC Merced

Case Study / January 26, 2010

The Classroom and Office Building (COB) examined in this case study is one of five buildings in the initial phase of development at UC Merced. This case study examines the actual post-occupancy performance of COB in relation to design elements…

Measured Performance Case Study; Science & Engineering Building 1, UC Merced

Case Study / January 26, 2010

Science & Engineering (S&E) Building I is one of five buildings in the initial phase of development at UC Merced. This case study examines the actual post-occupancy energy performance of S&E in relation to design elements and objectives.

Tools & Guides

About NBI

Factsheet / February 7, 2017 / New Buildings Institute

About New Buildings Institute (NBI)

Guideline / February 27, 2013 / New Buildings Institute

New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. Learn more in this print friendly factsheet.