Tap Into a Valuable, Free Resource for Home Design and Performance

Filed in Design, Housing Trends by on November 14, 2018 0 Comments

man using computer for online educationResidential architects and home designers looking for data to support their latest ideas have access to a free resource for peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of building, from pre-design, design, and construction through occupancy and reuse.

The Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), launched five years ago with the mission of providing building and real estate professionals a platform to acquire design strategies and performance data.

According to Stephanie Stubbs, NIBS program director for BRIK, “The research papers are from private sector and trade organizations. But we are currently working on finding university partners for papers.”

BRIK’s database of 2,200+ papers is organized along two separate tracks: research use and research type.

  • Under use, research is divided into design, economic and practice issues.
  • Research type offers a different view of the papers along the topics of performance, buildings, infrastructure/civil, materials and systems.

And each topic has subtopics. For example, under “Buildings,” there are currently 151 papers and articles regarding “Housing Facilities,” the area dedicated to single-family and multifamily housing.

BRIK’s research covers a wide range of research focus, even within residential housing, from ice damming solutions to passive housing construction in Kansas City.

For more information on how to use the database, watch this presentation:


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