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Reports & Guidelines

The Institute has a number of reports and guidelines on specific topics in our online store. The following documents are free to download. All are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs PDF.

Financing Energy-Efficiency and Renewable-Energy Projects
In this report, the Institute’s Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) examines the current and potential roles of three key equity investing structures in capitalizing the sustainable and energy-efficient development and retrofit of investment-grade commercial buildings and renewable-energy production. The report evaluates the effectiveness of these vehicles—Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and Yieldcos—in accessing the public capital markets and recommends needed legislative and regulatory changes. This examination, which CFIRE accomplished through a committee of member experts, is particularly important in light of the need to conserve limited government resources. The report includes an overview of the current funding environment in the United States; recommendations for government agencies and other stakeholders; and figures and sidebars to illustrate important concepts.

Financing Energy-Efficiency and Renewable-Energy Projects

Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization
This white paper, released by the Institute’s Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) and Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) in October 2015, promotes the use of private and public incentives to achieve resilience in U.S. communities. In 2014, the MMC and CFIRE assembled a multi-sector team of experts to look at private/public-sector opportunities to induce corrective action, known as “incentivization.” In the white paper, the MMC/CFIRE team offers a new approach—one focused on capturing all of the potential incentives provided by the public and private sectors for pre- and post-hazard investment. The team concludes that the most cost-effective manner to achieve resilience is through a holistic and integrated set of public, private and hybrid programs based on capturing opportunities available through mortgages and loans; insurance; finance; tax incentives and credits; grants; regulations; and enhanced building codes and their application.

 
2015 Moving Forward:
Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council

Issued annually, Moving Forward delivers findings and recommendations for improving the built environment directly to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress. With input from representatives of industry organizations that support the design, construction and operation of buildings, this report builds on the three major themes previously identified in the 2014 report: resilience and a changing climate; aligning government and business to achieve a cost-effective, high-performance built environment; and the buildings-related workforce and productivity. The 2015 findings and recommendations represent the collective input from the Council’s member organizations, industry thought leaders and the work of related Institute Councils and others working to advance the building industry.

2015 Moving Forward
Financing Small Commercial Building Energy Performance Upgrades: Challenges and Opportunities
The Institute’s Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE), in this report, issued findings and recommendations on the financing of small commercial retrofit projects for energy efficiency in this report. Although small commercial buildings (less than 50,000 square feet) make up the majority of the nation’s building stock, investments in energy-efficiency retrofit projects for this vast segment of the building stock have lagged behind those for larger buildings. This CFIRE report identifies several barriers to investment in such retrofits. Key issues include the costs and complexity associated with relatively small loan sizes as well as the challenge owners have in understanding and trusting predicted retrofit outcomes.


Raising the Profile, Filling the Gaps:
Report from a Town Hall Meeting on the Future of Code Officials

This report, released by the International Code Council (ICC) summarizes the findings of a Town Hall Meeting held during the 2014 ICC Annual Conference. The ICC engaged the Institute to conduct a nationwide survey of building code compliance professionals. The results of this first-of-its-kind demographic survey of code professionals confirmed the growing concern within the building industry about a pending retirement exodus. Eighty percent of the existing code professional workforce is expected to retire in the next 15 years, and more than 30 percent plan to do so within five years. ICC and the Institute hosted the Town Hall Meeting, inviting code professionals and other interested industry professionals to discuss the actions necessary to address this impending crisis. This report highlights current efforts undertaken by some code departments and professionals to “raise the profile” by participating in community events, serving on high school and community college advisory boards, and supporting internships, ride-alongs and mentoring opportunities.
 

Designing for a Resilient America: A Stakeholder Summit on High Performance Resilient Buildings and Related Infrastructure
At Designing for a Resilient America: A Stakeholder Summit on High Performance Resilient Buildings and Related Infrastructure, held November 30-December 1, 2010, national hazards and building experts convened to develop comprehensive recommendations for increasing resiliency of the nation's buildings and infrastructure. The Summit, sponsored by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and organized by the National Institute of Building Sciences, resulted in this report of findings.

Cover of Designing for a Resilient America

Report on Building Rating and Certification in the U.S. Building Community
In 2008, the National Institution of Building Sciences Board of Directors appointed a Task Group to review the current systems in use across the United States to rate and certify building performance and accredit individual expertise. The Task Group sought input from a broad range of participants in the building sector. This report, resulting from the year-long effort, contains the Task Group's recommendations to address the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of building rating systems.

Cover of Report on Building Rating and Certification in the U.S. Building Community

Assessment to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings
The National Institute of Building Sciences was one of seventeen association sponsors of the briefing to the new High Performance Building Congressional Caucus on June 18, 2008 at the Rayburn House Office Building to present the recently released report on the Assessment to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings. Bill Coad, NIBS Board of Directors member and past President of ASHRAE presented the report and Get Moy, High Performance Building Council Chair provided an overview of the newest NIBS Council.

Cover of Assessment to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings

2014 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

Cover of Institute 2013 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
Cover of Institute 2012 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
Cover of Institute 2011 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report

 2014 Moving Forward
2014 Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council

Cover of Institute Anniversary Report Celebrating 35 Years
35th Anniversary Report
Cover of Moving Forward: In-Depth Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council (2011)
Moving Forward: In-Depth Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council
Cover of Consultative Council on Codes and Standards
Consultative Council on Codes and Standards
Cover of Consultative Council on Efficient Use of Water
Consultative Council on Efficient Use of Water
Cover of NIBS Guideline 3-2012 Building Enclosure Commissioning Process BECx
NIBS Guideline 3-2012 Building Enclosure Commissioning Process BECx
Cover of Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings
Data Needs for Achieving High-Performance Buildings
Dialogue on National Resilience held at the National Institute of Building Sciences
Dialogue on National Resilience held at the National Institute of Building Sciences  
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