Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites
Established in 2012, SIBS is a National Science Foundation-supported collaborative research center led by the City College of New York, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and Carnegie Mellon. Industry partners include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Ingersoll Rand, Johnson Controls, Vornado Realty Trust, and the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
Our model: The National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC) model is well established and has resulted in major research advances in many sectors, including advanced manufacturing and biotechnology. SIBS’s research focuses on issues associated with the sustainability and resiliency of buildings and sites. Research areas under this theme include building performance analytics, Building Automation Systems, Building Information Modeling, daylighting, water, and materials (see reverse for a special spotlight on CCNY’s research expertise).
What sets the I/UCRC model apart is that it’s not just industry-sponsored research. It’s industry-guided research. Industry partners work together to formulate key research questions that their organizations would like to see answered. We recruit the brightest researchers at our universities to carry out the research.
The Industry Advisory Board (IAB): Industry partners contribute an annual membership fee to be a part of the IAB. Those fees go directly to sponsor the research projects that the IAB votes for each year (only 10% goes to overhead, a number so low it’s nearly unheard of in university research). Every research project commissioned by the IAB is mentored by an industry member, someone with particular interest and expertise in the area, along with a senior university researcher. Company members have the right to royalty-free licensing of any patented product or software application. The IAB meets several times a year to review progress, discuss ideas, and set new goals for the SIBS Center. The National Science Foundation provides expert guidance at these meetings to ensure that IAB members get the most bang for their research bucks.