Engineering Unit A

Centers, Initiatives, and Organizations

American Indian Housing Initiative 

The American Indian Housing Initiative (AIHI) is a collaborative effort to adapt and deploy sustainable building technologies on American Indian reservations. AIHI partners seek an educational exchange of cultural values and sustainable building technologies through collaborative and interdisciplinary partnerships.

Center for High Performance Building Systems 

The Center for High Performance Building Systems (CHiPBS) strives to be the technical leader and coordinating organization in a partnership among private firms, academia, and government agencies in establishing processes, tools and component innovations necessary for standard practice realization of High Performance Buildings Systems (HPBS). 

Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute

The Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute (E3I) was formed to highlight environmental research and educational activities in the College of Engineering. Engineers at the E3I work on many different environmental topics including water purification, thermoacoustics using benign gases for cooling, analysis of indoor environments to provide safe living spaces, the development and application of remote sensing platforms for studying the environment, and others. The E3I also focuses on energy research and education as well, with notable research work in biofuels production, solar, and wind energy research.

Computer Integrated Construction Research Program

The vision of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program is to improve the design and construction process through improvements in the integration of computer applications.

Consortium for the Advancement of Building Sciences 

The Consortium for the Advancement of Building Sciences (CABS) was developed by the Architectural Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University, in cooperation with a number of leading firms in the building industry, to support the activities of the department in both the education of future professionals and research to advance the state of the art of building design and construction.

Indoor Environment Center 

The Indoor Environment Center (IEC) conducts interdisciplinary research, knowledge transfer and outreach activities to support the development of indoor environments that are more safe, more thermally, visually and acoustically comfortable, and that minimize the use of energy and other resources. 

Lean and Green Research Initiative

The Lean and Green Research Initiative focuses on the process issues of high performance building delivery. The research uses scientific method to first understand the process issues facing high performance delivery systems, and then to test strategies to strip process waste and streamline the provision of high-value buildings.

Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence

The Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence (PACE) is a collaborative organization of industry innovators, engineering students, and faculty who work together to achieve excellence in the construction industry.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center 

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing. PHRC conducts applied research, fosters the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfers appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Project CANDLE

Project CANDLE is a partnership to Create an Alliance to Nurture Design in Lighting Education. It is a collaboration between The Pennsylvania State University and lighting industry partners that began with support from the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust. Project CANDLE was initiated to meet the growing demand for lighting professionals. Those involved share a common passion for light and lighting, and a desire to share this enthusiasm with college and high school students.

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Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394