AIA, NIBS Launch Research Portal

Green, left, and Ivy announce the BRIK launch January 9.

The national AIA and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) announced an interactive Web presence January 9 at Building Innovation 2013 in Washington. The Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) offers online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of building, from predesign through occupancy and reuse. BRIK offers everyone involved in creating and using the built environment—architects, engineers, researchers, clients, and building occupants—direct access to current building research and general information they need to design, own, and operate high-performance buildings.

BRIK is being developed by the AIA/NIBS Building Research Council (BRC), a multidisciplinary group that works with NIBS oversight. At Building Innovation 2013, AIA Executive Vice President/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, presented NIBS President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, with a $15,000 check to help support the BRC’s efforts. AIA and NIBS plan to maintain the site through sponsorships, which they will begin seeking in the first quarter of 2013.

BRIK presents programs and products in three clearly defined levels.
•    Partners’ research will be vetted under a Memorandum of Agreement with participating nonprofit associations, educational institutions, national labs, and government agencies
•    Contributors’ research provided by firms and companies will be reviewed before posting
•    Individuals may submit research, which will be reviewed before posting, at no cost to them.

As an interactive tool, users are encouraged to comment on and rate research projects. A comprehensive search feature allows one to find research projects by text, title, keyword, taxonomy and contributor. An events calendar keeps BRIK users abreast of a wide range of events concerning research on the built environment. And the site features RSS feeds, Twitter links, bookmarking, and community rating capabilities.

The first BRIK Knowledge Contributors to sign 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.

“The BRIK website is for professionals by professionals,” Green said. “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. They can help their fellow users by commenting on and tweeting about particular articles. BRIK also allows knowledge contributors to share findings in their own professional fields with a much broader audience.”

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

At its launch, the site was populated with more than 500 papers and articles. Articles featured on the opening page included:


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