High Performance Campus Design Handbook, Volume I: Overview, Rationale & Case Studies

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This is Volume I of the High Performance Campus Design Handbook. It presents an overview of HPD, the New Jersey context, a description of its features, a rationale and description of benefits, implementation recommendations, case studies, and a resource guide. Volume II serves as a technical guide for planners, designers, and facilities personnel. CBK, along with NJHEPS staff and its Green Design team of design professionals, faculty and higher educational facilities staff can assist institutions of higher education in learning more about implementing HPD to meet the particular needs of each campus.

HPCD Book I V3 (1).pdf

Green Builders

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This 2009 New Jersey Network film about pioneers in green building in New Jersey included Deane Evans and Christine (Bruncati) Liaukus from the CBK.  CBK staff also created the web site that accompanied the program.  Link to the program

NJMC Guidelines for Green Development and Redevelopment

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This technical guideline has been developed by New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) staff in conjunction with the Center for Architecture and Building Science Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology under commission to the NJMC (Section 2 of this document). The intent of the guideline is to provide guidance on the most attainable LEED green building credits in the Meadowlands in an effort to promote sustainable green building practices in the District.

Green Guidelines Part 2 - Green Building.pdf

Developer's Guide to LEED NC in the Meadowlands

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This guide has been created for developers who plan to build in the Meadowlands and are considering pursuing the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) LEED incentives. As a developer you can use this document to gain an overall understanding of the LEED program, realistically assess how far from your current practices you need to move in order to achieve LEED, and plan for the incorporation of LEED into your design and development process.

Developers Guide_Final.pdf

Commissioning, Retro-Commissioning and Energy Auditing Training

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Under a grant from the National Energy Technology Laboratory, CBK developed the first, national online training program focused on commercial building energy auditors and commissioning authorities.  The program consists of 67 individual online lessons organized into 16 courses and four, overarching modules:  Commissioning Fundamentals, Energy Auditing Fundamentals, Advanced Commissioning and Advanced Energy Auditing.  ​The training program is available online and delivered in partnership with the Building Commissioning Association and PECI at learn.peci.org.  

As part of the in person training, CBK hosted the "Commissioning Rookie Bootcamp" at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. 

 

Building Knowledge University

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Backed by the resources of DuPont™, the Tyvek® Specialist network has been established to answer the industry's building science questions about weatherization barriers and wall flashing systems. Building Knowledge University is a comprehensive web based training and resource center for DuPont Tyvek Specialists.

Building Knowledge University 

Re-side Tight, Ventilate Right

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The Center received an Energy Technology Demonstration Grant from Public Service Electric and Gas for the “Re-Side Tight/Ventilate Right” project.  The project analyzed opportunities for improved energy efficiency when homes are being re-sided.  Infiltration is recognized as one of the biggest energy wasters in single-family homes.  EPA studies have found that in a typical American house infiltration accounts for 25 to 40 percent of the heating and cooling loads.  While air sealing from inside the home can improve its tightness, sealing a home from the outside is also effective.  Considering that every year thousands of homes are resided for maintenance and aesthetic reasons, the potential to improve energy efficiency as well is considerable. The Re-SideTight/Ventilate Right project air sealed seventeen homes from the exterior while they were being re-sided. This was done at a modest incremental cost per house with typical reductions in infiltration of 20% and up to 38%. This research was intended to serve as a basis for a potential Re-Side Tight utility incentive program.  

NJIT Reside Tight Final Report_1.pdf

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