BRIK, Now Powered by EBSCO-Host Databases, Widely Expands Its Research Base

Free Trial Period for NIBS, AIA Members Ends September 30

The Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) searchable database, a joint venture of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), was widely expanded through the addition of the EBSCO Discovery Service, adding thousands of titles in three databases now searchable through BRIK. The new service debuted on May 14 at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta.

BRIK is the interactive portal offering online access to professionally reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of the built environment and the design and construction process. BRIK now offers AIA and NIBS members access to tens of thousands of abstracts, as well as full text information on thousands of pieces of research. In addition to the now-familiar “BRIK Boutique” of hand-selected and abstracted, professionally reviewed research highlighted by AIA, NIBS and the BRIK partners, the BRIK website now serves as a portal to the thousands of research sources through three EBSCO-host databases:

  • The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • The Art & Architecture Complete Index (including thousands of images)
  • The Sustainability Reference Center

Access to the EBSCO-powered portion of BRIK will be offered only to AIA members and NIBS members. From now until September 30, AIA or NIBS membership is a passport to the entire BRIK database without charge. While BRIK access will remain free, after the free trial period, AIA and NIBS members who want continued access to the EBSCO-powered database will need to sign up and pay a $40 annual fee. For more information on how to set up a free trial-period account, visit the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on the BRIK website,


About the National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

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