Michael Bobker – with the steady leadership of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems (CIUS), Director Buz Paaswell (CIUS is BPL’s parent organization) – began BPL as a one-man operation in 2006. It’s something of an understatement to say we’ve grown quite a bit since then. CUNY BPL now has a Managing Director — Honey Berk, 12 full-time senior and junior staff members, and our extraordinary interns — typically from 10-25 at a time.


We are an institutional platform for research and promotion of high-performance building practices. Our focus is on institutional, commercial, and multi-family residential properties and the people who manage and operate them. As part of New York City’s largest public university, CUNY BPL is committed to serving the City in its efforts to reduce building energy consumption, within range of programs

About Us

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… Continue reading About Us