Building Scientist
Building Scientist

Building Scientists conduct scientific research to better understand the lifecycle of buildings from construction to operation and maintenance to demolition or reuse.

Building Scientists draw on their extensive knowledge in physics, chemistry, engineering, architecture, and the life sciences to understand the physical behavior of the building as a system and how this impacts energy efficiency, durability, comfort and indoor air quality, which is essential to innovating high-performance buildings. Building Scientists are concerned with the full life cycle of buildings from designing, constructing, and commissioning buildings, to maintaining, restoring, and retrofitting them, and then finally, to their reuse or demolition. The physical behavior of buildings and how building materials and systems interact impact energy efficiency, durability, comfort, and indoor air quality. Building Scientists work to understand and improve how buildings are constructed and maintained so they last longer and perform more efficiently.

Building Scientists work for owners, developers, design professionals, contractors, and manufacturers in all aspects of building engineering. They work on buildings that are being newly constructed as well as existing building stock. They seek to optimize building performance and sustainability as well as prevent building failures and guide the design of new construction techniques and technologies.