The Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) is a 31-year-old research, training and technical assistance institute affiliated with the Hillier College of Architecture and Design. The Center is dedicated to generating new knowledge to improve the built environment and enhance the planning, design, construction and operation of facilities. 

The Center created and currently manages the New Jersey Clean Energy Learning Center, a unique online energy-efficiency training and resource platform for the New Jersey Clean Energy Program. CBK also manages and is currently updating a national online training platform funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and focused on training building owners and operators on how to use the DOE’s Asset Score energy optimization tool. The tool evaluates the energy efficiency of key physical assets within a facility – its building envelope, lighting and HVAC systems – and tabulates an “asset score.”

In addition, CBK recently received a three-year grant from the DOE’s Building America program. The Re-Side Right project will test and validate a new, two-component insulation/air/water barrier system that can be used to significantly improve the energy efficiency of typical re-siding jobs in the U.S.