Affordable Green Online Academy


CBK created an in-depth online training program on the “nuts and bolts” of how to build green affordable housing.  The Affordable Green Online Academy is targeted toward community development organizations across the country that have committed in a general way to sustainable, green development, but may not understand the nitty-gritty details of how to actually build it.  The Academy now contains over 100 short, online tutorials organized into ten full courses and three detailed case studies.  Topics covered include: foundations, floors, walls and roofs; mechanical systems; green building materials; the house as a system; and how to manage green construction. Link to the Affordable Green Academy

Certified Passive House Technical Support


The Center for Building Knowledge offers Certified Passive House Technical Support.   Christine (Bruncati) Liaukus is the first and only certified Passive House Consultant in the state of New Jersey.

"The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%. A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. Energy losses are minimized. Any remaining heat demand is provided by an extremely small source. Avoidance of heat gain through shading and window orientation also helps to limit any cooling load, which is similarly minimized. An energy recovery ventilator provides a constant, balanced fresh air supply. The result is an impressive system that not only saves up to 90% of space heating costs, but also provides a uniquely terrific indoor air quality." (Passive House Institute, 2010)

Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking


The Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking® was an online-based program that recognized successful completion of training and testing in minimum competencies in the use of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool. Across the U.S. there is growing support for benchmarking building energy and water consumption, driven both by local legislation and voluntary interest in understanding and improving building performance. The Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking® offered building industry professionals the opportunity to learn how to collect energy and water use information and successfully benchmark most types of buildings.

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


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