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New Portal Showcases Building Research

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Hundreds of peer-reviewed research projects and case studies covering all facets of the built environment, from pre-design to reuse, are now available through a new website.

The Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK)—developed by the American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences—initially focuses on health-care facilities, learning environments and high-performance building types, with 500 different reports.

Building design

The website features peer-reviewed research and case studies on health-care facilities, schools, and other high-performance buildings.

Additional building types will be added in the near future, AIA says.

Showcasing Data

“By providing a portal to comprehensive research and data, this initiative is intended to help better educate the entire real estate marketplace on how design strategies and innovations can have a profound impact on building performance,” said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA.

“The BRIK offering is an entryway to show quantifiable proof of evidence-based design approaches.”

The website was designed by professionals for professionals, adds NIBS President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “BRIK users can view the peer review process each article has undergone and, thanks to BRIK’s system of individually applied search tags, target the type of research they need at the moment."

About the Contributors

Government agencies, architecture firms, academics and research groups have all contributed to the BRIK site.

The first BRIK Knowledge Contributors that have signed memorandums of agreement with AIA and NIBS are HKS/Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation, the Environmental Design Research Association, and the Center for Healthcare Design.

For information about how to become a Knowledge Contributor, click here.

Other Features

AIA notes that the BRIK "interactive portal" features other tools, including:

  • Interactivity: All users may comment on and rate research projects publicly.
  • Comprehensive search ability:  Research projects are searchable by text, title, keyword, taxonomy and contributor.
  • Events calendar:  Research-related events concerning the built environment are up to date.
  • Connectivity: The site feature RSS feeds, Twitter links, and bookmarking capabilities. 



Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Architecture; Building design; Design; Good Technical Practice; National Institute of Building Sciences; Research

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