The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) have developed the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), an interactive portal offering free online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of the built environment, from pre-design through occupancy and reuse.

The BRIK website is for professionals by professionals. BRIK users can view the peer review process each article has undergone, and, thanks to BRIK’s system of individually applied search tags, target the type of research they need at the moment. They can help their fellow users by commenting on and tweeting about particular articles. BRIK also allows knowledge contributors to share findings in their own professional fields with a much broader audience.

With contributions from government agencies, architecture firms, academics and research groups, the initial online offering will focus on healthcare facilities, learning environments and high-performance building types and contain 500 different reports. Additional building types will be added in the near future. The first BRIK Knowledge Contributors to sign Memorandums of Agreement with AIA and NIBS are HKS/Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation, the Environmental Design Research Association and the Center for Healthcare Design.

Features of BRIK research include:

  • Interactivity: all users may comment on and rate research projects publicly.
  • Comprehensive search ability: research projects are searchable by text, title, keyword, taxonomy and contributor.
  • Events calendar: BRIK keeps users abreast of research-related events concerning the built environment.
  • Connectivity: BRIK will feature RSS feeds, Twitter links, and bookmarking capabilities.
For further information on BRIK and on how to become a Knowledge Contributor, visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the website home page,