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Code & Policy

Aligning Utility Programs with Local Codes (Policy)

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015

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...

Tools & Guides

Community Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Implementation Guide

Guideline / January 29, 2018 / Building Innovation, New Construction

The Community Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Implementation Guide outlines a process to help staff engage stakeholders, set tangible goals, target opportunities, and develop a plan to achieve deep and ongoing energy reductions in public building portfolios. Community SEM coordinates activities…

Multifamily Guide

Guideline / September 6, 2017 / New Construction

A new Multifamily Guide offers an advanced standard that addresses the issues faced when applying building code to multifamily buildings. This single prescriptive standard delivers savings regardless of whether the project is subject to the residential or commercial versions of…

New Construction Guide

Guideline / December 12, 2015 / New Construction

Increasing energy code stringency and owner demand for higher efficiency in buildings are challenging design teams to deliver high performance without adding costs. The New Construction Guide from New Construction offers a comprehensive approach to new commercial construction projects that…

FirstView®

Page / March 21, 2017

The majority of commercial buildings have little or no readily available feedback on energy performance. Utility bills provide some insight, but their potential to target particular areas for energy savings is limited. Currently, other tools provide only general benchmarking information...

HVAC Primer

Guideline / December 19, 2015 / New Construction / HVAC

This newly updated primer describes energy savings opportunities and context for packaged rooftop units (RTUs) for utility energy managers and their trade allies. RTUs are ubiquitous in commercial spaces but are also a difficult market to reach. Analysis shows many…

Research

Commercial Office Plug Load Savings and Assessment: Executive Summary

Report / January 24, 2012 / Building Innovation

This study characterizes electricity consumption of plug load devices in two LEED‐certified buildings in California and explores opportunities for plug load energy savings in office buildings. Findings from this field research suggest low- and no-cost savings opportunities through software, hardware…

Plug Load Methodology Paper and Case Study on PECI Office/Metrics Paper

Paper / April 23, 2013 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits

This guide provides building designers, real estate personnel and utilities with two fundamental ways for expressing energy use characteristics for commercial plug loads; preliminary ranges for high, median, and low calculations; and a summary of references for metering and monitoring…

Sensitivity Analysis: Comparing the Impact of Design, Operation, and Tenant Behavior on Building Energy Performance

Report / July 27, 2011 / Building Innovation, Codes And Policy

This study compares the magnitude of energy impact that various design features, operations and tenant behaviors have on total building energy use. The findings of this study can help the building community begin to align their priorities with those building…

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New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge

News / June 16, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

The New Construction Guide has also been incorporated as the prescriptive path to comply with the energy prerequisites for both USGBC’s LEED v4 and the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools standard. The guide has also been adopted as the...

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New Construction Guide and the Architecture 2030 Challenge

Post / July 1, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

In 2006, Architecture 2030 took a bold step: Challenge everyone involved with the built environment — designers, owners, government, utilities, operators and tenants, everyone — to reach for the goal of Zero Net Energy by 2030. Using the average performance...

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Community Strategic Energy Management (SEM)

Guideline / January 11, 2018 / Building Innovation, New Construction / Existing Buildings

Over 400 Mayors across the United State have made formal commitments to the Paris Climate Accord. Others have signed onto the 2030 Challenge and/or the Better Buildings Challenge. To meet these goals, an effective strategy to track, manage, and improve…

Codes & Policy

2018 IECC Code

Code & Policy / September 14, 2016 / Codes And Policy, New Construction

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...

Costs of Advanced Efficiency Measures in Commercial Buildings

Code & Policy / December 22, 2015 / New Construction

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...

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Energy Performance of Commercial Buildings with Radiant Heating and Cooling

Report / August 10, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction / HVAC

This report is part of the California Energy Commission (CEC) EPIC project (EPIC-14-009), Optimizing Radiant Systems for Energy Efficiency and Comfort. The main goal of this research was to determine the building characteristics of projects with radiant heating and cooling…

New Construction Guide Errata

Document / March 22, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction

Updates and errata for the 1.01 print edition of the New Construction New Construction Guide and print editions of the 1.01 through 1.12 New Construction Core Performance Guide are available here.

Proposed Multifamily Building Section for the 2018 IECC

Document / October 16, 2015 / Codes And Policy, New Construction

NBI presented the first public “straw-man” of a proposed section for multifamily buildings in the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to the Department of Energy's Denver Energy Codes Stakeholder Meeting on October 13, 2015.

Enlighted Technical Proof of Concept Study

Report / August 28, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

This report represents the findings on research on the Enlighted wireless luminaire level lighting control system. New Buildings Institute (NBI) conducted the work on behalf of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). The technical proof of concept study aimed to…

Indirect-Direct Evaporative Rooftop Unit Field Test Final Report

Report / June 26, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

As part of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA’s) investigation of new approaches to reducing commercial cooling electric energy use, New Buildings Institute (NBI) installed, monitored and analyzed the performance of a third generation indirect direct (IDEC) evaporative cooler on…

Establishing a Data Collection Methodology, Common Metrics and the Lighting Energy Code Comparison for Lighting Control Systems Research

Paper / May 23, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

Lighting systems with advanced lighting controls offer a pathway to savings, however they also create challenges. The integration of a projected code comparison method is imperative. In this paper NBI is proposing a consistent set of metrics along with a…

Rooftop HVAC FDD: Technology and Market Review with Energy and Demand Savings Estimates

Report / April 24, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

This report reviews and compares the characteristics and approaches for a variety of FDD tools in the market. Also identified are the technology protocols needed to identify faults and the criteria and energy savings estimates used for the inclusion of…

Final Research Summary Report: Skylight Modeling and Validation

Report / April 24, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

This report summarizes the findings for the Skylight Modeling and Validation project within the Evidence-based Design and Operation research program. This report was prepared as part of the California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.

Final Research Summary Report: Rooftop Units FDD

Report / April 23, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

This report summarizes the findings for the Rooftop Unit FDD project within the Evidence-based Design and Operation research program. The project goals were to reduce the energy performance degradation in rooftop HVAC units (5-50 tons in size) in California and…

Enhanced Skylight Modeling and Validation

Report / April 23, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

This report details tasks, findings, and recommendations undertaken for the Enhanced Skylight Modeling and Validation project. The scope involved developing and validating computer simulation alternatives to physical measurements for producing optical daylighting system photometry. Findings indicate that it is possible…

A Method For Evaluating Diagnostic Protocols For Packaged Air Conditioning Equipment

Paper / February 6, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

Fault detection and diagnostic (FDD) tools are becoming more widely available for residential and light commercial air conditioning systems. The California Title 24 Building Energy Standard includes refrigerant charge and air flow diagnostic protocols and procedures, and energy efficiency programs…

Final Advanced Rooftop Unit (ARTU) Product Specification

Report / February 3, 2011 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

This specification is proposed for commercial packaged rooftop units equal to or smaller than 135,000 Btu/h. It is intended to improve in-field energy performance for customers and utilities by increasing reliability, maintainability and performance/conditioning monitoring including advanced fault detection.

Commercial Rooftop HVAC Unit Retrofit Programs Phase 1

Paper / June 30, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

This report is a secondary research project examining data available on pilot and operating rooftop unit (RTU) retrofit programs around the country at the time and summarizes a variety of information on the topic. Included are discussions of technical issues,…

ARTU Cost Benefit Analysis

Paper / February 24, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

This document presents an analysis of the costs and benefits associated with the features of an advanced rooftop unit (ARTU). These features were identified in the “

Hot Dry Climate Air Conditioner (HDAC) Combined Field Test Report

Report / February 24, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

This field test consisted of site and AC selection, installation and replacement, performance monitoring, and data analysis. Standard baseline SEER 13 air conditioners were first monitored and then replaced with HDACs. Monitoring of the baseline and HDAC units were completed…

Building Controls in an Era of High Performance Buildings

Paper / February 17, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

This white paper, also known as "My Car Is Smarter Than Your Building," looks at the lessons controls-savvy cars can teach us about how high performance and enlightened controls standards can lead to more energy efficient buildings.

Advanced Metering and Energy Information Systems

Report / February 16, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

Under a project for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NBI researched trends and new technologies in advanced metering as used in energy information systems (EIS).

Assessment of Market-Ready Evaporative Technologies for HVAC Applications

Report / January 28, 2010 / Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

NBI completed a report on the range of evaporative, evaporative hybrid and evaporative condensing technologies for HVAC applications on behalf of Southern California Edison including: technologies, manufacturers, market applications and adoption factors surrounding evaporative approaches to cooling.

Desert CoolAire Package Unit Technical Assessment: Final Report

Report / January 28, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

NBI conducted lab and field technical assessments of eight Desert CoolAire prototype indirect evaporative air conditioners on behalf of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Sacramento Municiple Utility District. Also see the 2007 Addendum with additional monitoring and equipment status.

Desert CoolAire Technical Assessment: 2007 Addendum

Report / January 28, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

NBI conducted lab and field technical assessments of eight Desert CoolAire prototype indirect evaporative air conditioners on behalf of Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Sacramento Municiple Utility District. This addendum includes additional information about monitoring and equipment status. Also see the Final Report on…

Small HVAC Problems & Potential Savings Reports

Report / January 27, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

This document was one of the technical attachments to the final report of a larger research effort called "Integrated Energy Systems: Productivity and Building Science Program" as part of the PIER Program funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and managed…

Advanced Variable Air Volume System Design Guide

Report / January 26, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

The Advanced Variable Air Volume (VAV) System Design Guide (Design Guide) is written for Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) designers and focuses on built-up VAV systems in multi-story commercial office buildings in California. The Design Guide recommendations include best practices…

Daylighting In Schools: Reanalysis Report

Report / January 21, 2010 / Building Innovation, New Construction

This study expands and validates previous research by Heschong Mahone Group that found a statistical correlation between the amount of daylight in elementary school classrooms and the performance of students on standardized math and reading tests.

Daylight and Retail Sales

Report / January 21, 2010 / Building Innovation, New Construction

This study presents evidence that a chain retailer is experiencing higher sales in daylit stores than in similar non-daylit stores.The study included 73 store locations in California, of which 24 stores were daylit primarily by diffusing skylights.

Windows and Classrooms: A Study of Student Performance and the Indoor Environment

Report / January 21, 2010 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

This study investigates whether daylight and other aspects of the indoor environment in elementary school student classrooms have an effect on student learning, as measured by their improvement on standardized math and reading tests over an academic year. The study…

Events

Effective Ventilation in Multifamily Property for Optimal Energy Performance and Comfort

Webinar / May 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am / Building Innovation, New Construction

This webinar will address the colliding issues of indoor air quality and energy efficiency. We will address the energy issues of ventilation and how to improve ventilation energy efficiency while maintaining and even improving indoor air quality. The focus will…

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NBI Unveils New Multifamily Energy Guide

News / October 30, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction

Published in EC&M: Multifamily buildings offer a largely untapped opportunity for improving energy efficiency, according to a recent report from the New Buildings Institute (NBI). Despite tremendous potential for savings, the organization explains why the multifamily market is hard to...

Smartglass International’s retrofit project with SPD-SmartGlass will protect priceless paintings at the University of Edinburgh and increases energy efficiency in buildings

News / September 23, 2016 / Building Innovation, New Construction

Research Frontiers licensee Smartglass International addresses the long term savings that commercial organizations can realize when they install SPD-SmartGlass in their buildings. From 2016-2023, it is estimated that $960 billion will be invested to make existing buildings more environmentally friendly....

Danfoss’ Galyen: Incentives Will Boost Building Technology Development

News / September 24, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

On September 17, John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America, addressed the importance of taking a holistic approach to improving the efficiency of the U.S. commercial building stock as part of a broad objective to double energy productivity. Galyen was joined...

New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge

News / June 16, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

The New Construction Guide has also been incorporated as the prescriptive path to comply with the energy prerequisites for both USGBC’s LEED v4 and the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools standard. The guide has also been adopted as the...

New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge

News / June 1, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

New Buildings Institute (NBI) and Architecture 2030 are excited to announce that Architecture 2030 has endorsed a prescriptive path to meet the current 2030 Challenge goal based on NBI’s New Construction® New Construction Guide. With this path, design teams now...

System Control Offers Increased HVAC Efficiency For Smaller Buildings

News / September 23, 2014 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

Environmental Leader reported on new technology in heating, venting and air conditioning building automation systems for small- and mid-sized buildings. The article references a 2004 New Buildings Institute study, which found that 91 percent of the packaged rooftop units tested...

PECI tests New Buildings Institute’s plug load energy use metrics at HQ

News / November 6, 2013 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

Building Design + Construction reported, that NBI developed the first ever set of plug load energy use metrics, which will allow commercial building owners and managers to more easily gain insight into their buildings’ energy use and become more energy...

PECI helps affirm usefulness of new plug load metrics

News / November 6, 2013 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

Portland-based PECI used NBI metrics to assess plug load energy use at its First and Main Building headquarters in downtown Portland. The study inspired an energy-saving campaign that resulted in an 18 percent kWh reduction of PECI’s plug load reports...

Energy Management Trends: The Power Of Plugs

News / September 30, 2013 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

An article written by Cathy Higgins, Research Director, and Dan Harris, P.E. was published by Today’s Facility Manager. The article reports that plug loads are the fastest growing energy use item in commercial buildings and can represent as much as...

Enlighted’s Technology Increases Employee Comfort and Reduces Lighting Power by 59% at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

News / July 30, 2013 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

MarketWatch reported that NEEA, NBI and Enlighted collaborated on a study that found when given the option, individuals chose less light. Organizations could substantially reduce their utility bills while improving employee satisfaction. (7/23/2013)

Commercial Plug Loads

News / October 19, 2012 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

Newsletter articles referenced NBI’s “Commercial Office Plug Load Savings Assessment“. The study reveals details about actual energy consumption of common plug loads and measured savings of 40 percent or more resulting from low-cost efficiency measures. 5 Steps To Help You...

High Performance, Low Operating Costs

News / October 16, 2012 / Building Innovation, New Construction

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group wanted their building to perform in the most energy-efficient way. Their project team worked with Efficiency Vermont to follow the New Construction Core Performance Guide. Tracey Beckstrom, Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, wrote about the experience...

Tenants Look to Reduce Office Equipment Power Consumption

News / August 21, 2012 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

Commercial Property Executive Magazine’s plug-load management article quotes Amy Cortese, Senior Project Manager, and includes the 5 steps for reducing energy used by electronic devices from the Plug Load Best Practices Guide. (8/21/2012)

New guide outlines best practices for cutting energy used by plug-in devices

News / July 19, 2012 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

July 19, 2012–The number of things office workers plug into the socket is growing rapidly. To help commercial building owners and occupants get control of the energy used by office equipment and other electronic devices, New Buildings Institute (NBI) today...

Lab Report: XXVIII

News / May 23, 2012 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

New ways of envisioning architecture, design, and construction are discussed in this blog by MetropolisMag.com and they mention research done by NBI. This research can be found in the report Energy Performance of LEED for New Construction Buildings. (5/22/2012)

Daylighting as a Cost-Effective Solution

News / March 7, 2012 / Building Innovation, Deep Energy Retrofits, New Construction

Existing buildings can maximize sunlight use without making structural changes. In this article, from Buildings, Barb Hamilton, Senior Lighting Manager for the NBI, offers three strategies to maximize daylight and minimize artificial light. (2/24/2012)

NBI’s Core Performance adopted as part of Massachusetts stretch code

News / June 3, 2009 / Codes And Policy, New Construction

June 21, 2009–The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards voted Tuesday to adopt a stretch energy code for the state that would make new commercial buildings under 100,000 square feet up to 30% more energy efficient than base standards...

Blog

New Multifamily Guide Offers Solutions that Deliver Up to 25% Energy Savings

Post / October 10, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction / Energy Codes

Multifamily buildings pose a conundrum for advancing energy performance. As a building type, they are caught somewhere between commercial buildings and single-family residences – they are often constructed like commercial buildings, yet used as residential buildings. Energy-efficient technologies and design...

NBI Completes Study into Energy Performance of Commercial Buildings with Radiant Systems for Cooling and Heating

Post / August 10, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction

During the renovation of the Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, a variable air volume (VAV) system was replaced with a radiant design system. The design team included numerous CBE industry partners, including SERA Architects, Stantec, Interface Engineering, and Charles...

Best Practice Options for LED Lighting in Multifamily Offer Illumination Without Negative Impacts

Post / July 5, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction / Lighting

This material has been excerpted from the soon-to-be-released Multifamily Guide offering best practice design for high performance multifamily new construction projects. Stay tuned for more information on the Guide’s release. LED lighting had some of its earliest and broadest successes...

New Construction Guide and the Architecture 2030 Challenge

Post / July 1, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

In 2006, Architecture 2030 took a bold step: Challenge everyone involved with the built environment — designers, owners, government, utilities, operators and tenants, everyone — to reach for the goal of Zero Net Energy by 2030. Using the average performance...

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

Case Study / September 13, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction / 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 / Building Innovation, New Construction / 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 / Building Innovation, New Construction / 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 / Building Innovation, New Construction / 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 / Building Innovation, New Construction / 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…

Savings Verification for Performance Contracting

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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,…

New Construction Project Directory & Case Studies

Case Study / December 23, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

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

Tools & Guides

Community Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Implementation Guide

Guideline / January 29, 2018 / Building Innovation, New Construction

The Community Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Implementation Guide outlines a process to help staff engage stakeholders, set tangible goals, target opportunities, and develop a plan to achieve deep and ongoing energy reductions in public building portfolios. Community SEM coordinates activities…

Community Strategic Energy Management (SEM)

Guideline / January 11, 2018 / Building Innovation, New Construction / Existing Buildings

Over 400 Mayors across the United State have made formal commitments to the Paris Climate Accord. Others have signed onto the 2030 Challenge and/or the Better Buildings Challenge. To meet these goals, an effective strategy to track, manage, and improve…

Multifamily Guide

Guideline / September 6, 2017 / New Construction

A new Multifamily Guide offers an advanced standard that addresses the issues faced when applying building code to multifamily buildings. This single prescriptive standard delivers savings regardless of whether the project is subject to the residential or commercial versions of…

Quantifying the Water-Energy Nexus at the Building Project Scale

Online Tool / June 1, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction / Water-Energy Nexus

NBI has laid the groundwork to connect the water-energy nexus at the power plant with the energy consumed at the building level. With the support of existing research and funding from the Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, NBI has created a…

Understanding the FirstView Tool’s Results

Factsheet / January 30, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction

FirstView’s calculation engine uses multivariable regression analysis to generate a weather normalized simulation model of a building. The building’s energy usage is disaggregated into heating, cooling, thermal baseload, and electric baseload. This allows building owners, operators and designers to better…

FirstView Software and Services Overview

Factsheet / January 30, 2017 / Building Innovation, New Construction

NBI’s FirstView software tool quickly generates information about a building’s energy performance to help you determine if it is on track or if it needs improvement. Learn more with this factsheet.

Daylighting Guide for Office Interiors

Guideline / December 23, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

The Daylighting Guide for Office Interiors helps designers understand and consider the best use of space and finishes to maximize illumination with daylight. The free, printable guide outlines specific steps to accomplishing good daylighting design, facts, tips, links to resources…

Daylighting Pattern Guide

Online Tool / December 20, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction / Daylighting

The Daylighting Pattern Guide is a free, interactive tool that helps design teams incorporate proven daylighting strategies into commercial building projects for substantial reductions in lighting power consumption and overall building energy use.

FirstView

Online Tool / December 19, 2015 / New Construction

FirstView® software and services enable building owners, energy efficiency professionals and designers to extract more targeted and useful energy performance information from basic data inputs. With monthly utility bills and a few building characteristics a building energy model can be…

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HVAC Primer

Guideline / December 19, 2015 / New Construction / HVAC

This newly updated primer describes energy savings opportunities and context for packaged rooftop units (RTUs) for utility energy managers and their trade allies. RTUs are ubiquitous in commercial spaces but are also a difficult market to reach. Analysis shows many…

New Construction Guide

Guideline / December 12, 2015 / New Construction

Increasing energy code stringency and owner demand for higher efficiency in buildings are challenging design teams to deliver high performance without adding costs. The New Construction Guide from New Construction offers a comprehensive approach to new commercial construction projects that…

New Construction Guide and the 2030 Challenge

Factsheet / June 2, 2015 / Building Innovation, New Construction

Architecture 2030 has endorsed a prescriptive path to meet the current 2030 Challenge target based on NBI’s New Construction® New Construction Guide. With this path, design teams now have another tool when pursuing the 2030 Challenge.

New Construction is a Suite of Powerful Tools and Resources

Factsheet / February 28, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

New Construction® is a suite of tools and resources that helps design teams create high performance commercial buildings that stand out for their energy efficiency and healthy environments. The suite is managed by NBI. Learn more in this print friendly…

Daylighting Pattern Guide Helps Building Projects Utilize Natural Light

Guideline / February 28, 2013 / Building Innovation, New Construction

The Daylighting Pattern Guide (DPG) is a free, interactive tool that helps design teams incorporate proven daylighting strategies into commercial building projects for substantial reductions in lighting power consumption and overall building energy use. Learn more in this print friendly…

Core Performance Provides a Path to High Performance Buildings

Guideline / February 28, 2013 / New Construction

The Core Performance Guide is a prescriptive path that was first published in 2007. Following this building guidance will result in buildings that are more energy efficient than conventional buildings.

Plug Load Best Practices Guide

Guideline / July 17, 2012 / Building Innovation, New Construction

The Plug Load Best Practices Guide outlines no-cost and low-cost measures for reducing the energy and costs associated with plug loads, or any device that is plugged into a building’s electrical system—think computers, printers and data servers. The guide, based…

Small HVAC System Design Guide

Guideline / January 26, 2010 / Building Innovation, New Construction

This document provides design guidance on how to improve the installed performance of small packaged rooftop HVAC systems in commercial buildings. It is targeted at architects, engineers, and design/build contractors involved in the design of small packaged rooftop systems for commercial…

Windows and Offices: A Study of Office Worker Performance and the Indoor Environment

Guideline / January 21, 2010 / Building Innovation, New Construction

This study reports on a statistical investigation into the influences indoor physical environment has on office worker performance, especially daylight and view, and secondarily ventilation and thermal comfort. Two different studies were conducted at the same organization, the Sacramento Municipal…

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