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NEW BUILDINGS INSTITUTE INC

aka New Buildings Institute, Inc.   |   Portland, OR   |  www.newbuildings.org

Mission

INCORPORATED AS A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT IN 1997, THE INSTITUTE PROMOTES ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDINGS THROUGH POLICY DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH, TRAINING PROGRAMS, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDELINES AND CODES. THE INSTITUTE WORKS WITH NATIONAL, REGIONAL, STATE ORGANIZATIONS AND UTILITY GROUPS, AND SERVES AS "CARRIER" OF IDEAS AMONG STATES AND REGIONS REGARDING EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE AND "ADVANCED" BUILDINGS.

Ruling year info

1998

Chief Executive Officer

Ralph DiNola

Main address

623 SW Oak Street, Third Floor

Portland, OR 97205 USA

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EIN

68-0401509

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (S05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Building Innovation

This mission-critical research, technical analysis, tools and guidance helps those seeking to drive better energy performance outcomes in commercial buildings.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

NBI is deeply involved in energy code development: the process of updating energy codes to match advances in building science and construction practices.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Market development and leadership for zero energy buildings spotlight ultra-low energy projects that consume only as much energy as they produce from clean, renewable resources.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

NBI's vision is a built environment that makes a positive contribution to a sustainable society through dramatic improvements in energy performance. Our current efforts are working to provide the policy and program direction and promote design practices and technologies that will result in buildings that are better for people and the environment. Success will mean the transformation of new construction practices and renovation of the current building stock to the highest degree of efficiency possible resulting in substantive reductions in carbon emissions from the built environment.

NBI strategies for creating market shifts start with thought leadership and establishing a theoretical pathway for change. This concept is further supported and proven with research to verify feasibility and define action steps to effectively achieve the intended outcomes. NBI staff also develops audience-specific tools and resources that will fuel the change we want to see and locks in that variation with policy development and adoption on the national and local levels.

NBI acts as an honest, third-party broker bridging between the energy and building industries. We do not have members that drive our agenda. Instead, we are governed by a board of industry thought leaders which directs the organization to work in areas of critical need. Our staff of technical and policy experts develop and deliver the basis for proving feasibility of technology applications and design strategies that reduce energy use all the way to zero net energy and advise local jurisdictions on the codes and policies that will drive such projects. One of NBI's strongest attributes is that we are highly collaborative. By working with commercial building market players—governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals—we are able to most effectively remove barriers to energy efficiency

NBI tracks the number of policies and building projects that are driving high performance buildings across the country. Data shows that higher stringency energy codes is driving down energy demand in new construction projects. We are also seeing this positive trend in the building sector overall. NBI will have succeeded in our mission when low-energy outcomes in commercial buildings is part of normal business practice in the United States.

NBI has had many accomplishments, but our largest indicators of impact have been the transformations in best practice building design and construction that have enabled substantially better energy performance in buildings and presented a business case that justifies energy efficiency investments beyond cost savings from reduced energy consumption. Early research by NBI set the stage for quantifying non-energy benefits in terms of higher worker productivity and satisfaction resulting from green, high performance building practices that allowed for more comfortable workspaces with higher levels of natural light. NBI also pioneered a study that spotlighted the need for the design community to address building energy performance in occupancy rather than relying solely on predictive design models. We have been a leader in advancing integrated design processes to achieve high energy efficiency and succeeded in passing the largest code stringency increase in the history of the International Energy Conservation Code. Most recently, NBI has seen growing market adoption of zero net energy buildings—a concept of ultra-low energy buildings coupled with clean, renewable resources—that we have championed from the beginning. But the building sector is large and diffuse. For every practitioner or policymaker that we touch, there are 10 others to reach out to. NBI's future work is focused on moving through the innovation diffusion curve—from innovators to early adopters to the mainstream—in order to achieve our vision of the built environment.

Financials

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Operations

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NEW BUILDINGS INSTITUTE INC

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Goldstein

Natural Resources Defense Council

Brendan Owens

U.S. Green Building Council

Steven Nadel

ACEEE

Nancy Jenkins-Ander

California Dept. of General Services

Mark MacCracken

CALMAC / Trane

Marge Anderson

Slipstream

Jeff Harris

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Peter Turnbull

Pacific Gas and Electric

Gregg Ander

Consultant, Gregg D. Ander LLC

Edward McGlynn

Franklin Energy

Patrick O'Shei

NYSERDA

Michelle Thomas

Southern California Edison

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Energy Efficiency, Codes and Policy, Commercial Buildings