20 Years of Disruption, Innovation and Market Transformation

NBI’s Founding Mission in 1997


2017 marked New Buildings Institute’s 20th year working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings and we are celebrating! Over the last two decades we have seen transformational change in the building industry and, we as NBI staff, are proud to have been a resource and driver every step of the way.

Our work has provided the research and technical analysis to advance codes and policy that make buildings perform better, in regard to energy efficiency as well as the health and productivity of occupants. NBI has also made its mark on the current commercial building stock in the U.S. by helping the greater design community reduce energy use through deployment of tools and guidance representing leading edge practices in building design and construction.  At its beginning, NBI recognized the nascent potential of the zero energy market and began examining the opportunities for ultra-efficient buildings across climate zones and feeding what we learned back to industry. Today, zero energy (ZE) looks more attainable with every jurisdiction ZE code adoption and state ZE road mapping process.

NBI partners in the energy efficiency market help us tell the story of the impact NBI has made on the work they do.

Anniversary Blog Series: Hear from our Friends and Collaborators

NBI Friends and Family give their perspective on the projects and points in NBI history that have had lasting influence on the building sector.

NBI 20th Anniversary: The Arc of Innovation

NBI CEO Ralph DiNola reflects on NBI’s legacy and a vision for the future. Read blog

Outcomes Matter

Ryan Colker writes about the way NBI has influenced the use of performance metrics and outcome based codes in this blog. Read blog

Moving Daylighting into a New Era

Perspective from NBI Board member Nancy Jenkins Ander on the research work NBI has done on the non-energy benefits of daylighting. Read blog

NBI’s Legacy of Code Advocacy Lives On

David Cohan, Director of Technical and Policy Analysis at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) shares his experience working with the NBI Codes and Policy team over the years. Read Blog

Getting to 50 and Back Again

From NBI Executive Director and Fellow Dave Hewitt, find out more about the beginning of the Getting to Zero program, which started as Getting to 50. Read Blog

Interviews with NBI founders

Hear from David Goldstein, NBI’s Board President, as he shares his perspective on the founding of the organization, the work NBI has done over the last two decades, and the impact of an NBI project that has evolved over the years, “Getting to Zero.”


Patrick O’Shei is one of our more recent Board of Director additions.

John Wilson was a founding Board Member and early Board President.

Michael McAteer has been part of the organization since its inception, hear from him on the founding and future of NBI.

Steven Nadel has been a part of NBI since its founding. His leadership continues to guide the work done by the organization.

Steven talks about the leaders he worked with to help found NBI

Steven offers his perspective on NBI’s genesis

Steven Nadel on the market shifts that lead to NBI’s role in the building science sector


Meet Doug Mahone, NBI’s first executive director whose contributions to this organization include thought leadership for a fledgling nonprofit, to providing space within his own enterprise, gave us a few minutes of his time to talk about the founding of this organization and why he thinks NBI has endured.

Doug Mahone speaks on the Genesis of New Buildings Institute

Doug Mahone on the momentum of the early organization

Doug Mahone and the lasting impacts of NBI