New Buildings Institute Executive Director, Ralph DiNola, has dedicated his professional life to bringing green building innovation to scale. Through his work as a leader, advocate and mentor, he has steadily pushed the limits of building performance and raised the bar for a generation of professionals.
DiNola served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard and spearheaded an early Challenge project. He has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, helping clients make quantum leaps that turned entry-level green aspirations into precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. He also led a site-wide consultancy effort for an 76-acre, 110-building project in Qatar and has partnered with Fortune 500 companies to create advanced performance prototype stores, greening retail portfolios and affecting hundreds of outlets worldwide. As principal investigator of a landmark study of historic buildings, DiNola helped establish and validate the true value and benefits of building reuse, bridging the divide between sustainability and historic preservation.
DiNola is a LEED Fellow, founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute, founder and former principal at Green Building Services and 2012 BetterBricks award winner. In 2012, Portland Monthly named him one of Portland, Oregon’s 50 Most Influential People.