Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Center for Architectural Science and Ecology (RPI-CASE)(21863)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


To accelerate research, development and application of building-related materials and systems technology, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) solicited proposals and qualifications from leading technology-based architectural schools in the U.S. SOM aims to collaborate with selected institutions to gain early access to their innovations, and, when appropriate and feasible, incorporate them into new construction projects or make them available for lease as intellectual property. The process has the potential to speed market introduction of new technologies that improve the energy performance of buildings and create component-and-system manufacturing jobs. NYSERDA provided a letter of support, pledging $600,000 (3 years, at $200,000 per year) in co-funding, as part of a proposal submitted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Center for Architectural Science and Ecology (RPI-CASE). The proposal was for a three-year $1.44 million effort to be cost-shared by SOM ($840,000) and NYSERDA ($600,000). The RPI-CASE proposal was subsequently selected by SOM.

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Project Description

The project will establish a university-industry partnership model for accelerating the transfer of technical innovation developed in an academic environment to commercial architectural practice. The work will develop and apply specific technologies to commercial buildings emphasizing high performance and design integration.


Advantges to the project include the identification, development, commercialization and application of specific technologies that can help achieve high-building performance.

Project Results


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research Adm & Finance, 4th Fl West Hall 110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

Principle Investigator

Anna Dyson

Universities Involved

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Building Systems
Building Construction Methods

NYSERDA Contact Information

Robert Carver


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 9/26/2011
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 21863

Last Updated: 2/8/2013 8