Small buildings get big boost from SMART Scale small commercial retrofit program
Post / October 18, 2016
NBI has long advocated for more attention, tools and resources for energy efficiency in the small business sector. We created the only prescriptive approach approved as a LEED-NC pathway for moving small new commercial buildings to high performance – the...
Congressional Members Look at Reinventing Existing Buildings
Post / September 29, 2015
I had the honor recently of addressing members of Congress on opportunities for “reinventing” existing buildings to achieve high levels of energy efficiency and productivity. The morning briefing was hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy. Why existing buildings? (more…)
Existing buildings get new emphasis and clarity in IECC and other I-Codes
Post / October 15, 2013
In seeming defiance of our own name, New Buildings Institute (NBI) has been working hard on a handful of key issues regarding existing buildings for the 2015 round of International Code Council (ICC) code development hearings. Recognizing the issues that...
Energy Department Invests to Save Small Buildings Money by Saving Energy
Post / July 19, 2013
Following the recent release of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) announced an investment that will reduce energy use while helping U.S. businesses reduce costs. A $10 million investment by USDOE is funding six projects...
The Not-So-New Next Big Thing: Retrofits
Post / July 25, 2012
For several years, NBI has been exploring and researching strategies to drive deep energy savings across the existing commercial building sector. As we’ve noted before, there are upwards of 71.6 billion square feet of commercial space across the U.S. and...
The Best (Re)Invesment: Big Payoffs with Green Retrofits
Post / March 7, 2012
It takes money to make money. The expression certainly applies to green retrofits: throw some cash at upgrading your 20+-year-old HVAC system and you’re likely to see the reduction in utility bills pay for the first costs and more before...
The 12 Themes of Retrofit
Post / December 21, 2011
In these final days of 2011, a report of our September Summit on Deep Energy Retrofits (DERs) is on my holiday list of things to wrap into a colorful package with ribbons of logic and bows that compel change. The...
Tackling 71.6 Billion Square Feet
Post / October 2, 2011
NBI recently hosted the 2011 Deep Savings in Existing Buildings Summit, gathering more than 80 innovative thinkers on energy savings and the built environment. Held in Boulder, Colorado, the three-day event was organized as part of NBI’s ongoing work to...
Sources of Inspiration in the Search for Deep Energy Savings
Post / August 24, 2011
It’s been said that the greenest building is the one already standing. There’s a lot of truth in that when you consider the embodied energy of building materials and, with luck, a cultivated sense of place. At least in the...
Selling the Savings: Deep Energy Retrofits
Post / August 9, 2011
Despite growing awareness of the need to become radically more energy efficient, the small to mid-sized commercial real estate market has been slow to implement energy efficiency retrofits. This sector represents a majority of the existing commercial building stock and...