Scaling Up The Next Generation Of Building Efficiency Packages


Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages: Integrated Solutions for Optimized Performance (ISOP)

With the cooperation of the US Department of Energy and TRC Energy Services, this three-year project will focus on the testing and validation of energy savings, cost, and other performance factors associated with advanced ISOP technology packages that integrate solutions across lighting, fenestration, and HVAC end uses--and together represent more than 60% of the energy consumption in commercial buildings.

Microgrids for Resilient Communities Planning Project


The Microgrids for Resilient Communities Planning Project is being undertaken with support from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The project is unique in that it focuses on effective planning as a key element in creating microgrids that are not just technically feasible and cost-effective, but also provide social benefits – such as improved community resilience – to New Jersey citizens. 

The scope of the Microgrids for Resilient Communities Planning Project is to:

Assist three jurisdictions in New Jersey – Galloway, Neptune, and Newark – to collect information and create microgrid development plans that are sufficiently robust to obtain funding for a microgrid technical feasibility study under the NJBPU pilot program.
Document the results of these efforts and develop a new, multi-media online educational platform – the Community Microgrid Planning Academy - that will instruct jurisdictions across the state on how to collect, organize, and analyze similar infrastructure data so that they, too, can create effective microgrid development plans in their own communities.

The project will be complete – and the Academy will be launched – on or before May 31, 2018.

New Jersey Clean Energy Learning Center



The Clean Energy Learning Center provides online education to the full range of stakeholder groups engaged with the New Jersey Clean Energy Program – building owners and managers; design professionals; energy and other professionals; contractors; code officials; homeowners and CEP program representatives. Education is provided at a variety of scales to suit the particular needs of individual users: from short, 1-5 minute tutorials; to in-field demonstrations; to full-length courses that provide comprehensive training on a particular topic or procedure and that qualify for continuing education credit. The site currently provides educational offerings that address two key Clean Energy Program categories: Residential and Commercial, Industrial, and Local Government. 

Creating Sustainable Knowledge of the Built Environment

The Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) is a 30-year-old research, training, and technical assistance institute affiliated with the College of Architecture and Design. CBK is dedicated to generating new knowledge to improve the built environment and enhance the planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities. CBK’s mission is to help individuals and communities make better-informed decisions about the performance, sustainability, and resilience of buildings nationwide. 


Sean Gulbin


Sean Gulbin is the Coordinator of Architecture and Building Science Research Projects at the Center for Building Knowledge at NJIT. At the Center, he has worked on the development of the New Jersey Clean Energy Learning Center, on online training resource which operates on behalf of the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and provides training and education for its stakeholders in the residential and commercial, industrial, and local government industry sectors. Sean is particularly interested in the great potential for sustainable practices and policies to positively impact the built environment. Prior to joining the Center, he worked in private practice at an architectural firm in central New Jersey, working primarily on residential projects. He also worked as a Research Assistant at the Center while completing his studies at NJIT.

Sean holds a B.S. Architecture from The Catholic University of America, and a M. Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. 



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Asset Score Tool


Asset Score Tool: The Building Energy Asset Score Training and Certificate of Proficiency is a hands-on visual demonstration and practicum of how to use the U.S. Department of Energy’s Asset Score tool. The Asset Score Tool allows a user without energy modeling expertise to easily and reliably build a robust 3-D model of a building’s physical assets and simulate the building’s energy use. It was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to act as a national standard for building energy efficiency assessments. It provides users with:

•  A 1-10 point asset score based on a building’s physical assets and a weather-normalized Energy Use Intensity rating based on an EnergyPlus model

•  Upgrade recommendations for reducing energy use, minimizing energy bills, and improving building asset value 

The Asset Score tool and additional information can be found at:



Working with the NJ Board of Public Utilities and the Sustainable Jersey organization, CBK is helping to create the New Jersey Public Buildings Energy Efficiency Program (NJPBEEP). NJBEEP’s overall objective is to achieve a 20% or greater reduction in energy consumption in local government buildings statewide. New Jersey has a full slate of Clean Energy Programs funded by a Societal Benefits Charge. The programs that cover local public buildings include incentives for building audits and upgrades and various financing options. Despite the variety of offerings, New Jersey has struggled to give out all of the funds it has available. A significant obstacle is that the programs are each operated and marketed individually, and there is no single point of entry, or easily identified best option, for confused local governments. NJPBEEP will create a single point of entry, a simple decision tree that enables local governments to choose a “pathway” best suited for their building portfolio, and an A to Z support system that guides them to an endpoint where all of their building stock has been upgraded to the highest degree warranted by cost benefit analysis. The effort will rely on energy performance contracting combined with State incentives and rebates, to finance deep retrofits.

Advanced Buildings Core Performance Training Program


CBK staff, in collaboration with National Grid and NSTAR staff, analyzed the then-newly implemented Advanced Buildings Core Performance program.  Based on the results of this analysis, CBK staff developed and delivered a marketing strategy, curricular materials, and training program on Core Performance for design professionals throughout the State of Massachusetts, including the annual BuildBoston event.


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