AIA and NIBS launch website to aid evidence-based design efforts

Proponents of evidenced-based design in healthcare facilities just got a new tool to aid in their mission.

By Healthcare Facilities Today


Proponents of evidenced-based design in healthcare facilities just got a new tool to aid in their mission. On Jan. 9, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) collaboratively launched a new website offering professionals within the built environment access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies from pre-design through occupancy. 

“By providing a portal to comprehensive research and data, this initiative is intended to help better educate the entire real estate marketplace on how design strategies and innovations can have a profound impact on building performance,” said AIA CEO, Robert Ivy, FAIA, in a press release. “The Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) … is an entryway to show quantifiable proof of evidence-based design approaches.”

The initial 500 reports available on the site are focused on healthcare facilities, schools and high-performance buildings, with additional building types being added in the future.  Among the contributors to the project is the Center for Health Design.

Since 2000, the Center for Health Design has been engaged in the Pebble Project, a consortium of healthcare organizations, architects, designers and other industry experts who work to identify design solutions that “measurably improve patient and worker safety, clinical outcomes, environmental performance and operating efficiency.”







January 10, 2013


Topic Area: Architecture , Industry News


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