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Deane Evans - New Jersey Institute of Technology. Newark, NJ, US

Deane Evans

Executive Director, Center for Building Knowledge, Center for Resilient Design | New Jersey Institute of Technology


Deane Evans focuses on creating innovative ways to improve the built environment through better design, better technology and new insights.





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BASF Presents: Sustainable Construction: Resilient Infrastructure That Protects Our Communities




Deane Evans has three roles at NJIT: he's executive director of both the Center for Building Knowledge and Center for Resilient Design and associate dean of research at Hillier College of Architecture and Design. The centers focus outwardly on getting professionals to rethink how they design and build, through research, demonstration, training and outreach
projects. His centers receive financial support from foundations, private sector corporations, utility companies, energy efficiency programs, and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy.

Evans also is a licensed architect who earlier in his career worked in the private sector, at the American Institute of Architects and at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Currently, he is advocating for “opportunistic retrofitting” in capital projects such as replacing roofs, siding, windows and HVAC systems. That will make the buildings super energy efficient long-term, while taking advantage of a project – like residing – that homeowners are already doing anyway for non-energy reasons. He calls it "future-proofing the country," adding, "You put every building on a path to sustainable resilience." Also, with some 1 million homes re-sided every year in the U.S., this can have a significant impact right away.

Evans also studies microgrids, examining issues around planning, financing, procurement and jurisdiction. This research is funded in part by the DOE.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Architecture and the Built Enivronment

Energy Efficient Buildings

Opportunistic Retrofitting

Resilient Design and Construction

Microgrids Planning, Protection and Control

Building Science



Energy - Infrastructure Technologies

Education (2)

Columbia University: M.A., Architecture 1977

Yale University: B.A., Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1972

Affiliations (1)

  • American Institute of Architects : Fellow

Media Appearances (3)

The U.S Department of Energy and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Provide Sustainability Planning Resources for Resilient Municipal Microgrids

Insider NJ  online


“Microgrids.io is a valuable addition to the rapidly evolving microgrids knowledgebase,” said Deane Evans, executive director of the NJIT Center for Resilient Design. “With its specific focus on local government microgrids, an area of increasing interest to communities committed to sustainability and resilience, microgrids.io provides unique insights into the promise of – and current challenges facing – the development of this unique type of microgrid.”

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BASF Presents: Sustainable Construction: Resilient Infrastructure That Protects Our Communities

The Atlantic  online


Can construction be both sustainable and climate-resilient? And what can be done from an infrastructure and design perspective to reduce the impact of climate events on cities? Deane Evans, executive director of the Center for Building Knowledge and Center for Resilient Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Grace Showalter, vice president of Construction Performance Materials North America at the BASF Corporation, joined Joseph Jones, innovation communications lead at the BASF Corporation, to discuss.

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NJIT receives grant to help protect New Jersey communities and ecosystems against flooding

Science Magazine  online


Researchers will use their findings to create a process-solution model and online education program for coastal communities threatened by rising waters from storms. Deane Evans, executive director of NJIT's Center for Building Knowledge, will lead this effort.

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Articles (1)

Renovations Are a Massive Missed Opportunity to Address Climate Change

Bloomberg CityLab

Deane Evans and Christine Liaukus


What if every repair and remodel made homes and offices more energy efficient?

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