Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD) works to improve all aspects of building performance by examining how buildings achieve efficiency and how they can improve.
Established in 2006, the RCI expands participatory urban design practices through curriculum development, interdisciplinary urban design research, and cross-disciplinary partnerships. Its mission is to catalyze sustainable urban futures and promote excellence in participatory urban design. It is a key collaborator in Pittsburgh's revitalization and provides a forum for leading urbanists to collaborate around the most significant challenges for cities.
Building performance is a key component of any design process—but designing for good building performance is completely different from implementing it. The CBPD came about at a time when architecture had become highly energy efficient, but less efficient at providing natural daylight and comfort for its occupants. The CBPD set out to optimize energy performance, human comfort, and daylighting altogether into total building performance. This approach takes into account all aspects of building performance, how buildings achieve efficiency, and how to improve.
In an effort to share its findings with the world, the CBPD offered the very first non-history-related PhD in architecture. In the 30 years since, it has added additional advanced degrees to its program offerings. Students in the MSSD, MSBPD, and PhD-BPD programs call the CBPD home.
The CBPD built and resides in the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace, a living and lived-in laboratory on the fourth floor of Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall. The CBPD uses the space's built-in flexibility and adaptability to test, examine, and explore new ideas and methods of practice. Recent work in this space includes extensive research into Building Data Analytics, as well as Ph.D. research projects that test the impact of the built environment on thermal comfort, air quality, acoustic quality, and lighting quality.
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. View the full list of CBPD faculty below.