Engineering Unit A

Centers, Initiatives, and Organizations

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).

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 Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering, 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 art of building design and construction.

Engineering Energy and Environmental Institute

The Engineering Energy and 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.

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 safer; more thermally, visually, and acoustically comfortable; and minimize the use of energy and other resources.

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 Penn State 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.



Globally recognized as a leading architectural engineering department, the mission of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to advance the built environment through the development of world-class architectural engineers and research. The vision of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to lead the world in innovative education and research to achieve high-performing built environments. Our program emphasizes the scientific and engineering aspects of planning, designing, and constructing buildings, providing our architectural engineering graduates with outstanding education and research opportunities. 

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394