Affordable Housing Design Advisor


The Affordable Housing Design Advisor has been developed to help anyone involved in the production of affordable housing achieve higher design quality. It is full of useful-and useable- information that can be accessed in a variety of ways.

Browse through any time to find:

  • Information about the essential issues of design in affordable housing, especially in the What is Good Design? and Why is Design Important? sections.
  • Ideas and examples of great affordable housing, especially in Gallery which is a collection of developments all over the country with information about each project.
  • The Design Considerations Checklists where key design issues and principles- focusing specially on the special challenges of affordable housing- are discussed in detail, with a wealth of examples.
  • Mini-Lectures where experienced experts in various fields of the design and development of affordable housing give, quick targeted overviews on important  issues.

For a detailed, practical guide to the design/development process, zero in on:

  • The 20 Steps to Design Quality: a systematic, detailed procedure for making sure that excellent design is built into every step of development and that key design opportunities are taken advantage off- all firmly in the context of real-world development concerns.

When you begin working on a specific project, print out and use:

  • The Project Book, a design-focused workbook that gives you a simple, effective way to collect information you will gather through the tools and activities provided at every step of design process. When you print out and complete the forms and checklists in each step(in PDF format) and collect them into your own Customized Project Book, you will have a powerful resource for getting funding, gaining support, controlling your project, protecting design standards, managing schedule and cost, and finally operating and maintaining the final building(s).

High Performance Schools Online Academy


The U.S. Department of Energy and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities have just launched a High Performance Schools Online Academy. It offers a number of courses that on such topics as commissioning, day and electric lighting, energy modeling, and life cycle costing. Check out for details.

High Performance Campus Design Handbook, Volume II: Sustainable Design Guidelines


This handbook is designed to serve as a toolkit for higher education institutions through EPA Region 2, helping them to build more efficient buildings. EPA Region 2 consists of New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Executive Orders and Incentives are included at the beginning of the book to help institutions employ technologies of their choice, and explore what options are available to them. The designs specs laid out in the guidelines will help higher education institutions make more sustainable choices in each area of design through offering different options in materials, technologies, and policies. 

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


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


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


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


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


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  

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


Building Knowledge University


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


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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