The National Institute of Building Sciences proudly supports the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Building Envelope Campaign (BEC) recognition of 14 organizations for their achievements in building envelope energy performance. NIBS is a supporting partner of the BEC.

The campaign, introduced in 2020, plans to recognize high-performing projects annually. Its first-year success stories represent a range of diverse projects, including building retrofits and new construction of K-12 schools, higher education, commercial real estate, health care, and multifamily structures.

“This inaugural class of success stories represents some strong examples of new and retrofit high-performing building enclosures,” said Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. “We look forward to seeing additional great ideas as more firms and organizations submit their work to the BEC program.”

DOE Building Envelope Campaign recognizes energy-saving success stories in four categories: Novel 40 and Novel 20 recognize new construction envelope projects that achieve 40 percent and 20 percent building envelope performance improvement over code, while Retro 50 and Retro 30 recognize retrofit projects that achieve 50 percent and 30 percent improvement over code. In addition to these four categories, projects also may be designated as “Role Models,” which meet one of the four categories and also incorporate an additional advanced strategy or technology into their enclosures.

Visit the BEC recognition page for more information about this year’s winning strategies. In addition, you can find more about DOE’s efforts to develop, demonstrate, and accelerate the adoption of cost-effective, efficient building technologies on the Building Technologies Office site.