In 1998, the National Institute of Building Sciences (the Institute) created the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) to provide timely, comprehensive information on designing, building, and maintaining safe, healthy, high-performing schools. In its 17 years of existence, NCEF grew to be a collection of more than 23,000 resources on facilities supporting early childhood and K-12 to higher education, and at its peak was used by 1.5 million visitors a year.

Despite its "fallow" years of 2012 – 2015 due to funding, NCEF's popularity has continued among its users. This popularity, coupled with increasingly urgent concerns that directly affect the educational built environment—energy use, safety and security, health in public buildings—compelled the Institute to revamp and reestablish the NCEF website as a vital place where all invested in the educational environment can share and retrieve the best information possible. Read more

Resource Lists

Drawn from NCEF's vast database of 19,000 records, subject-specific resource lists provide a quick path to 167 school facilities topics. Each continuously updated list includes descriptions of books, studies, reports, and journal articles, with links to online publications and related websites.

Here are some of the most popular topics:

Safe and Secure Schools

Healthy Schools

Energy Conservation/Green Schools

School Gardens and Grounds

Community-based schools
Facilities Management

School Construction

Funding Options

Learning and Facilities

Disaster Planning