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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Supporters

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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. >>

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.

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