Education

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The Center for Building Knowledge has a lot of experience and expertise in the field of education.  We create professional education, training and credentialing programs served in person and online.  Over the last ten years, some of the areas where CBK has created continuing professional education are: tenant engagement, building benchmarking, commissioning, retro-commissioing, energy auditing, and building maintenance.  We train contractors, architects, engineers, brokers, tenants, service providers, students and educators.  

In the K-12 sector, CBK has created facilities surveys and reports to help municipalities have a better understanding of how they currently use and can use their space.  

Housing and Community Development

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The Center has pursued an active agenda of housing research since 1990. Early efforts focused on evaluating affordable housing programs in New Jersey and on analyzing and demonstrating new housing technologies. More recently the scope has widened to also include affordable housing design and community development research activities.

The mission of the Housing and Community Development research team is to examine the interactive impacts of design, planning and technology on the production of green housing and the development of sustainable communities. Current activities include: supporting the Affordable Housing Design Advisor, a web-based tool created to help community development organizations understand what good design is, why its valuable and how they can achieve it in their own developments; the Affordable Green Online Academy, a resource that provides practical instruction on the creation of energy efficient, durable, healthy, affordable housing; updating the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Energy Efficient Rehab Guidelines; and providing training, technical support and building monitoring for the New Jersey Climate Choice Homes program.

Commercial and Institutional Facilities

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The Center supports the development of new and innovative commercial and institutional facilities by conducting research and providing technical assistance. Central to this mission is the development and dissemination of research reports, guidelines and tools that support policy makers, administrators, facility managers, and their consultants in developing high performance facilities.

Commercial Facilities: To date, CBK’s work in commercial facilities has focused on improving the energy and operational performance of existing commercial buildings. These efforts include program development and management, technical assistance and monitoring/verification activities, with a special focus on retro-commissioning and energy efficient operations and maintenance. 

Schools: The Center has been active in educational facilities research since 1991. The early emphasis was on the interaction between learning environments and information technology; more recently, the focus has shifted to optimizing 'whole building' performance. In 2003, CABSR entered into a unique partnership with the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (formerly the Schools Construction Corporation) to provide research-based technical support on the planning, design, construction, financing and operation of K-12 school facilities in the state. The core purpose of the partnership – which is ongoing - has been to provide the SDA with unbiased, research-based information needed to create state-of-the-art learning centers.

Municipal Buildings: The Center works with municipalities across New Jersey to support their efforts to improve the performance of their municipal buildings.

Contact

Terra Meierdierck, MAT

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Terra Meierdierck, MAT, is the Outreach Program Manager for the Center for Building Knowledge at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. At the Center, Terra worked with a team to develop the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking: a national benchmarking training and credentialing program, as part of the USDOE’s Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI). Currently she is working to develop the Certificate of Proficiency in the Asset Score Tool - a US Department of Energy tool for evaluating the physical and structural energy efficiency of a building. She previously worked to develop online training for building commissioning, energy auditing, retro commissioning and weatherization of residential properties. Prior to working at CBK, Terra was the Program Manager of NJHEPS, a New Jersey based not-for-profit that focuses on sustainability in higher education. At NJHEPS Terra worked to develop 25 campus energy master plans funded by the NJBPU, identifying energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration opportunities at the campuses. Terra has worked in the commercial, institutional and residential sectors, as a not-for-profit, supporting energy efficiency, resource conservation and education for sustainability projects. Ms. Meierdierck holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature and a Master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in the Art of Teaching.

Christine Liaukus, RA, CPHC

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Christine Liaukus has been working in the world of environmentally conscientious design for over twenty years. Prior to joining the Center Christine was a Project Architect with the New York firm Chris Benedict R.A. creating environmentally responsible affordable housing. Preceding this she was an associate at Steven Winter Associates, building systems consultants, where she advised builders across the country on technical issues through the Department of Energy Building America program and HUD's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing. While pursuing her Master's degree in Architecture at the University of Oregon Christine was a research fellow at the University's Center for Housing Innovation. Christine has also worked as a residential energy auditor in New Jersey and Georgia. Christine is a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the US Green Building Council and is the first Certified Passive House Consultant in New Jersey.

Deane Evans, FAIA

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Deane Evans has dedicated his career to creating innovative ways to improve the built environment – through better design, through the development and use of better technology, and through the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. A registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Evans began his career in private practice, applying his technical and management expertise to construction technology and building performance problem solving. Clients included corporations, government agencies, trade associations, foreign companies, and nonprofit organizations. As his career advanced, Mr. Evans assumed increasingly higher levels of management responsibility, eventually accepting a series of appointments to nationally prominent positions within the construction industry and with the federal government. From these positions Mr. Evans concentrated on creating, promoting and disseminating practical information and guidelines focused on enhancing the quality of buildings and communities nationwide. Currently, Mr. Evans directs the Center for Building Knowledge at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he continues to develop resources for architects and builders to create educational tools for the many non-technical stakeholders involved in shaping the built environment.  http://design.njit.edu/people/evans

People

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Key CBK Personnel 

Deane Evans, FAIA
​Executive Director 

http://design.njit.edu/people/evans


Christine Liaukus, RA, CPHC
Housing and Community Development Program Manager

Terra Meierdierck, MAT
Outreach Program Manager

Sean Gulbin
Coordinator

Victoria Dollon
Project Assistant
 
Richard Baldwin
Technical Consultant
 
Everett Aldrich
Project Assistant
 
Zohaeb Atiq
Project Assistant
 
Kristen Juan
Project Assistant

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