Sustainable cities need buildings that are energy efficient and a workforce that’s trained to manage them for optimal performance
Founded in 2006, the mission of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems Building Performance Lab is to advance high-performance building operations and practices in existing commercial and public buildings. We focus on improving efficiency and optimizing building operations through continuing education programs for facility managers, building operators, and energy professionals, internships for CUNY students, and building systems research and development.
We are an institutional platform for research and promotion of high-performance building practices.
We provide mission-critical support to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ Division of Energy Management (DEM) and its client agencies for implementing New York City’s ambitious climate and clean energy policies. Our staff have expertise in a wide range of areas related to building systems, operations, energy data analysis, and the design and construction process.
Since our very beginning, we have been a resource for City University of New York students interested in building energy research and looking to gain a foothold in building engineering and energy service careers. We offer paid internships that give students front-line experience with a variety of interrelated topics, including energy data collection and analysis, building operations, and building performance protocols.
We offer technical assistance with energy audits and retro-commissioning as part of Local Law 87 and support for the implementation of energy efficiency letter grades for buildings as part of Local Law 33.