Built Environment & Green Building
dplotnik [at] rutgers.edu
33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
The Built Environment and Green Building Group, formerly Rutgers Center for Green Building develops and implements research, education and training initiatives that promote environmental, economic, and social improvements for buildings and their occupants, in partnership with federal agencies, industry, state and local government, and community and not-for-profit organizations. Housed at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, we form a common umbrella for initiatives across the university including at the Rutgers schools of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Engineering, Communication and Information, and the Business School.
- Public policy evaluation research
- Clean energy market assessments
- Simulation modeling and machine learning approaches to predicting/depicting human behavior in built environment settings
- Electric power system modeling that considers economy-environment-reliability tradeoffs associated with introducing new technologies
- Air quality studies that predict and improve personal exposures to pollutants
- Energy modeling
- Life cycle costing
- Environmental life cycle analyses
Field-based research employs community-based participatory research methods, especially in low-and-moderate-income multifamily housing contexts, and emphasizes the nexus of the built environment and human resilience and adaptation to climate change.
We facilitate on-the-job training for students, learning networks and industry collaboratives, and STEM workshops for youth in low-resource communities that disseminates strategies for improving the built environment and occupant health.
Smart Kids and Cool Seniors
This project seeks to empower communities to make better choices about the multi-dimensional challenge of protecting vulnerable elderly people during life-threatening summer heatwaves, while taking into account poor outdoor and indoor air quality, and also seeks to support community efforts for kids by providing STEM education opportunities in which young people measure temperature, humidity, and air quality in locations that affect seniors.
New Jersey Green Building Manual
The New Jersey Green Building Manual (NJGBM) is a resource tailored for New Jersey that provides economic and environmental best practices across the spectrum of green building categories including energy, emissions, water, waste, siting, transportation, and human health. The Manual comprises Commercial and Residential sections with best practices strategies applicable to new and existing buildings.
New Jersey Energy Data Center
The New Jersey Energy Data Center (NJ EDC) is a New Jersey Board of Public Utilities sponsored website which is a one-stop shop for New Jersey’s policy-makers, stakeholders, educators, and most importantly, its citizens. It provides objective data forecasts and analysis which helps in making informed, energy-related policy decisions for the Garden State.