The Building Performance Toolkit is a joint creation of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College and the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Building Performance Lab, a part of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems.
The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute provides applied research, professional and continuing education, and conferences to the real estate industry, as well as organizations focused on public policy. Since its founding in 1996, the Institute has pursued and provided timely insight on critical urban issues beyond those traditionally associated with core real estate topics. Focus areas include sustainability, historic preservation, asset repositioning, energy efficiency, comparative market analysis, econometrics, property remediation, building retrofits, and public transportation needs to name but a few. The professional and continuing education offerings are New York State-approved and include certificate programs in real estate, sustainability, construction management, and facilities management. In all efforts, the Institute's approach is to identify pivotal theoretical knowledge and research and convert it into a clarified form for immediate assimilation by industry and related organizations, agencies, and professional organizations.
The Building Performance Lab, directed by Michael Bobker, works to accelerate market transformation in the buildings sector. One focus of the lab’s work is greening existing commercial properties by promoting advanced building-system technologies and best practices that reduce energy use and improve indoor environmental conditions and waste management practices. Another focus is long-term workforce development, pursued through curriculum development, internships, and other technology training. The Lab’s multi-track approach also includes stimulating applied research, promoting technology transfer, and conducting outreach to the real estate sector to raise awareness of sustainability goals and how they can be achieved.