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Santa Ana Lauded for Cutting Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
SBT Alliance,New Buildings Institute
Date: 2020-03-13
In the Golden State, the Smarter Building Technologies Alliance (SBT) Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award for driving greater energy efficiency through smarter IoT-enabled technologies has been awarded to the city of Santa Ana for an energy retrofit and retro-commissioning project estimated to curb energy consumption for the city's HVAC by 88 pct. The project was funded by the California Energy Commission and was also part of the NBI "Leading in LA" initiative.

The Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award recognizes outstanding work in support of the dramatic transformation taking place in today's electric power markets. (Source: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., Kevin Martin, 800-832-2943 Ext. 704,,; New Buildings Institute,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SBT Alliance,  New Buildings Institute,  

USGBC, New Buildings Institute Ink Cooperation MOU (Ind. Report)
USGBC, New Buildings Institute
Date: 2019-07-29
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Portland, Oregon-based New Buildings Institute (NBI) report the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the organization's relationship and defining parameters on how the two organizations will work together to advance energy efficiency in net zero buildings. The agreement is focused on joint activities by USGBC and NBI intended to:
  • Improve capability of building industry professionals to deliver high-performance, zero energy and zero emissions buildings, as well as buildings that are optimized for grid interactions.

  • Drive increased numbers of zero (and net zero) energy, zero emissions and LEED Zero-certified buildings.

  • Extend adoption of stretch energy codes, and improve code compliance and enforcement.

  • Enhance social equity, public health and resilience associated with energy and energy systems and communicate these achievements through platforms like USGBC's Living Standard campaign.

    USGBC and NBI missions are closely aligned and reflected in their collective efforts to advance zero energy buildings and support grid integration over the past five years, according to the USGBC. (Source: USGBC, NBI, PR, July, 2019) Contact: NBI, Ralph DiNola, CEO, (503) 761-7339, (503) 968-6160 - fax,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute ,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • NBI Offers 2019 Zero Energy Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-05-17
    According to the New Buildings Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database and information collected from thousands of low-energy project, there are 580 certified, verified, and emerging zero energy (ZE) buildings and projects in the U.S. and Canada in 2019 -- a 10-fold increase since NBI started tracking buildings in 2012.

    ZE is defined as ultra-low energy projects that consume only as much power as can be generated onsite by clean, renewable resources. This definition is, however, evolving to consider multiple buildings in a campus or neighborhood that use a larger, central solar array.

    In addition to the Zero Energy Project List, NBI has released a new online tool offering information about the ZE buildings: HERE.

    Download the 2019 Getting to Zero Project List HERE. (Source: New Buildings Institute, PR, 15 May, 2019) Contact: New Buildings Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  Net Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Net-Zero Energy Apt Community Opens in Schenectady (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA,New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting completion of the first phase of the 248-unit Solara Apartments complex in Schenectady County. The multifamily project is built to net-zero construction standards and will benefit tenants with energy-efficient technologies and affordable, predictable living costs and services that include:
  • networked smart building controls;

  • solar carports to cover residents’ vehicles and charge them too (free of charge):

  • solar thermal panels that use the sun's energy to heat water for the domestic hot water system;

  • solar shades on the windows and larger windows on the southern facing sides of the buildings to capture more solar energy;

  • smart home technologies such as keyless entry, control of locks, lights and other compatible devices;

  • premium GE EnergyStar appliances, all LED lighting, EPA Indoor Air Plus certification which requires use of low/no VOC materials and finishes, continuous fresh-air ventilation with smart controls that regulate humidity and monitor carbon dioxide and VOC levels.

    According to a New Buildings Institute report, New York State leads the Northeast in net-zero buildings, with 27 documented ongoing and completed net-zero building projects and a total of 132 net-zero, high-performance and passive house building projects.

    To facilitate the construction of similar projects, NYSERDA will provide $15 million through the next round of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process to expand the state's Net-Zero Energy for Economic Development program. (Source: NYSERDA, Multi Housing News, 19 April, 2019)Contact: New Buildings Institute,; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News et Zero,  NYSERDA,  Net-Zero Energy Building,  

  • Alta Energy Completes Office Zero-Energy Retrofit (Ind. Report)
    Alta Energy
    Date: 2018-03-23
    San Mateo, California-based sustainable energy advisory and procurement services provider Alta Energy is reporting completion of energy efficiency upgrades at Great America, a six-story a 654,000 sqaure-foot, Class A office tower in Santa Clara, California.

    Energy efficiency upgrades and advanced energy technologies included LED lighting and advanced lighting controls, a 2.4MWh solar power system, electric vehicle charging stations, and a plan to replace the property's HVAC system with a high-efficiency unit, all of which contribute to the facility's Emerging Zero Energy status. It is the first building owned by an institutional commercial real estate investor to be included in the New Buildings Institute's registry of emerging and verified Zero Energy retrofit buildings.

    Santa Clara's municipal electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, provided an incentive for the solar power system as well as rebates for some of the energy upgrades. (Source: Alta Energy, Inc., PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: Alta Energy, Sam Lee, CEO, Marc Roper, Media, (650) 489-1302,,; PGIM Real Estate,; New Buildings Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  Alta Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Getting to Zero Status Update and List of Zero Energy Projects for 2018 -- New Buildings Institute Report (Ind. Report)
    New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2018-02-12
    The New Buildings Institute reports the release of its Getting to Zero Status Update and List of Zero Energy Projects for 2018 -- a compilation of almost 500 certified, verified and emerging zero energy (ZE) projects in the U.S. and Canada.

    Of the ZE verified projects, 70 pct are LEED-certified or registered with LEED, with most reaching either platinum- or gold-certification levels. The report notes that 36 pct of the ZE Emerging projects -- those either not yet verified as ZE or recently occupied -- are LEED-certified or registered with LEED.

    The significant overlap between ZE buildings and LEED-certified buildings in the NBI list illustrates how LEED specifically promotes features that can help projects reach zero energy goals. Virtually all of the LEED Energy and Atmosphere credits support the advanced energy performance necessary for zero energy.

    Access the NBI 2018 Getting to Zero Status Update and List of Zero Energy Projects HERE. (Source: New Building Institute, ProudGreenBuilding, USGBC, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: NBI,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  

    Grand Rapids Joins Zero Cities to Cut Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    Urban Sustainability Directors Network
    Date: 2018-01-26
    In Michigan, the city of Grand Rapids reports it is participating in the New Building Institute's Zero Cities Project in an effort to reduce net carbon in the city to zero by 2050.

    The long-term goal is to create a policy road map to achieving a zero carbon building sector. Under its three-year plan, the city will initially evaluate the carbon footprint of the cities building stock and examine its current policies and incentives.

    The aim is to couple its building requirements and codes, planning and economic incentives to encourage building owners to implement energy efficiency measures and move toward zero net carbon.

    Download the New Building Institute Zero City Project details HERE (Source: Michigan NPR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Grand Rapids, Alison Waske Sutter, Sustainability Manager, (616) 456-3000,,; New Buildings Institute, Ralph DiNola,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Cities Project,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NBI Unveils Multifamily Energy Guide -- Attached (Ind. Report)
    New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2017-11-01
    According to a new report from the New Buildings Institute (NBI), multifamily buildings offer a largely untapped opportunity for improving energy efficiency but the sector is hard to penetrate due to complexities in market structure and split incentives.

    In an effort to overcome these barriers, NBI has developed a new construction standard that delivers savings of 15 pct to 25 pct irregardless of the project being subject to the residential or commercial versions of energy code.

    Access the NBI Multifamily Guide HERE. (Source: New Buildings Institute, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: New Buildings Institute,

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