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

Services

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The Center for Building Knowledge provides a wide range of research and technical assistance to clients.

  • Affordable Housing Research/Guideline Development
  • Best Practice Analysis
  • Building Performance Optimization
  • Building Science Research
  • Classroom Optimization
  • Commissioning Research
  • Community Engagement
  • Data Collection / Management
  • Database Development
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Facility Design Consulting
  • Guideline Development
  • K - 12 Curriculum Development
  • Knowledge Management
  • Measurement and Verification
  • On-Site Training
  • Online Training
  • Passive House Consulting
  • Planning Support
  • Policy and Program Assessment
  • Policy and Program Development
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluations
  • Product Development
  • Professional and Academic Curriculum Development
  • Program Management
  • Renewable Energy Research & Training
  • Simulation Modeling
  • Technical / Regulatory Compliance Review
  • Technolog Development, & Evaluation
  • Website Development
  • Zero Energy-Ready Home Assessment

Creating Sustainable Knowledge of the Built Environment

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The mission of the Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) is to create new knowledge that will help individuals and communities make better-informed decisions concerning the built environment. The Center engages in a comprehensive program of applied research, technical assistance and training focused on the built environment and the institutions, policies, technologies and trends that shape it. A key goal is to generate practical research results that provide tangible benefits to individuals and the communities in which they live and work.

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CBK has worked with a wide range of public and private sector partners since its inception in 1988. Representative clients and sponsors have included:

In The News

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Nearly four years ago, Hurricane Sandy barreled up the New Jersey coast, leaving communities both along the shore and inland decimated in her wake. In the Delaware Bayshore area in Cumberland County, many small towns were flooded by the storm surge. Among them was Greenwich Township, where dikes built in the 1600s to protect its village and farms and already breached were significantly worsened by the hurricane. Also greatly affected was the ecosystem just behind the dikes, which plays a vital role in both the local environment and economy. >>
Deane Evans, executive director of NJIT's Center for Resilient Design, provided closing remarks on a panel session during the 2016 Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Conference in Orlando, Florida. >>
NJIT's Center for Resilient Design hosted a one-day workshop on how to use concrete to make single-family homes more resilient and sustainable. >>

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