Model and Base Energy Codes

Codes & Policy / July 16, 2021 / Energy Codes

For more than 20 years, NBI has been working with partners and within the code-making bodies to advance codes at the national, state, and local government levels. National model energy codes and standards like ASHRAE 90.1 and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) have...

Building Decarbonization Code

Guideline / February 10, 2021 / Energy Codes

The Building Decarbonization Code is a groundbreaking tool aiming to deliver carbon neutral performance. The new code language from NBI serves as a building decarbonization overlay to the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). It is designed to help states…

2021 IECC National Model Energy Code (Base Codes)

Codes & Policy / May 15, 2020 / Energy Codes

After about a decade with few meaningful updates to the IECC, the 2021 improvements are poised to help the code catch up to modern-day building technology and practices, reducing millions of tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere while reducing...

Improved Building Energy Model Code Challenged

Post / March 12, 2020 / Energy Codes

Update: See final result Better building codes mean lower energy bills, which results in lower costs for consumers and fewer carbon emissions for the planet. Sounds like a winning combination, right? That’s why we were delighted when the initial results...

Overview of the Lighting System Requirements of the 2019 Oregon Commercial Energy Code

Webinar / November 12, 2019 / Energy Codes

The one-hour session will provide an overview of the new building lighting system requirements. The focus of this session will be on the new lighting power density requirements, a discussion on the new lighting control requirements and how to determine…

Overview of the Building Envelope Requirements of the 2019 Oregon Commercial Energy Code

Webinar / November 12, 2019 / Energy Codes

The one-hour session will provide an overview of the building envelope provisions of the OCEC including the updated building envelope R-value/U-factor requirements, continuous air barrier requirements, and other significant changes between the current OEESPC and the 2019 OCEC. Available compliance…

Overview of the Commercial Mechanical Provisions of the 2019 Oregon Commercial Energy Code

Webinar / November 11, 2019 / Energy Codes

This one-hour session will provide an overview of the HVAC requirements for typical Oregon buildings and focus the training on provisions that have a significant impact on the energy use of the building. Available compliance options will be discussed.

Votes Matter for Better Buildings

Post / October 31, 2019 / Energy Codes

Building code officials, sustainability officers, builders, efficiency advocates and others are leaving Las Vegas after attending the International Code Council’s (ICC) annual conference and public comment hearings on the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Updated every three years, the...

Zero Cities Project

Codes & Policy / February 13, 2019 / Energy Codes

The Zero Cities Project is a three-year project supporting both cities and their most impacted communities* to co-develop and implement actionable and equitable roadmaps and policy strategies to achieve a zero-net-carbon (ZNC) building sector by 2050. Through a community collaboration...

Stretch Codes (Advanced Codes)

Codes & Policy / October 15, 2018 / Energy Codes

New design and process strategies can be demonstrated through a variety of advanced code strategies.  NBI builds market capacity for higher efficiency energy codes by encouraging the use of stretch codes (also referred to as reach codes). To support the...