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0BRIK: A Research Portal for Discovery and Engagement

0Where do you turn to back up good design with data?

0The Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) offers a starting point. BRIK is an interactive portal with free online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of the built environment. From new approaches to fundamentals, BRIK covers architecture and related disciplines and compiles research from a growing number of knowledge providers including associations, firms, and universities. This collection of accessible knowledge supports applications to practice in order to benefit your clients, your firms, and your communities.

0What research studies are most valuable to you?

0BRIK classifies resources into three Research Use categories:

0Practice Issues cover the "how to's" as well as the tools, technologies, standards and regulations that govern the building industry.

0Design Issues cover research projects that pertain to the art and science of creating and sustaining the built environment and include case studies of projects.

0Economic Issues cover the production, distribution, and management of resources within the industry.

0Within those categories, research is tagged by facets such as building type, materials, performance, and associated keywords. The BRIK taxonomy enables you to view collections of your choosing. For example: housing facilities, glasses, lighting, accessibility, and sustainable design.

0A search on ‘lighting’ demonstrates how the tagging and contributors work together to reveal relevant research from the 1900s to present day:

0Item records for each research product list the researcher, contributor, description, and hyperlinked key terms. This contextual information leverages the expertise represented in BRIK to guide you in locating the knowledge to advance your projects. The variety of insights within the collection opens up opportunities to incorporate research throughout the design process.

0What findings do you find most interesting and relevant to your practice? The research collection as well as frequently asked questions and articles about BRIK may be obtained at

0Five ways to connect with BRIK are:

    0Search and browse BRIK to find content related to your work and interests.

    0Sign up as an individual registered user of BRIK to rate and review research.

    0Provide research content via your firm or organizational affiliations.

    0Suggest 1-3 organizations / firms as knowledge contributors or sponsors.

    0Link to the BRIK site via your Web site or other distribution channels such as e-news.

0Launched in 2013, BRIK is a joint venture of AIA and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and is guided by a multidisciplinary AIA/NIBS Building Research Council steering committee.

0Virginia Ebbert, Manager, Architect’s Knowledge Resource

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SPP Journal 60: BRIK: A Research Portal for Discovery and Engagment


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