Building performance is, of course, a key component of any design process—but designing good building performance is completely different from implementing it. The Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD) came into being when architecture had managed to become highly efficient in terms of energy usage, but inefficient to the point of failing relative to daylighting and human conditions. The CBPD set out to optimize energy, the human condition, and daylighting altogether—total building performance—taking into account all aspects of building performance, how buildings achieve efficiency, and how to improve.
In order to share its findings with the world, the CBPD soon offered the very first non-history-related PhD in architecture—and has continued to offer this and other advanced degrees for over thirty years.
To test and explore ideas and methods of practice, the CBPD built and resides in the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace on the fourth floor of Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall and uses the space's built-in flexibility and adaptability to test and examine manifestations of new ideas. Recent work includes extensive research into Building Data Analytics.
Many of the CBPD's research faculty also teach undergraduate courses. In these courses, undergraduate students work alongside the world's leading experts on cutting-edge building performance research. And students in the MSSD, MSBPD, and PhD-BPD programs call CBPD their home.