Housing Education & Research Initiative

The Housing Education and Research Initiative (HERI) is part of the Construction Management Program in the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction. The HERI provides research, education and training support to homebuilders associations at the local, state and national level; individual builders; associate members; utility companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.


The MSU Housing Education and Research Initiative strives to serve the Michigan Housing Industry by promoting and conducting housing research and technology transfer activities, and to maintain its status as the recognized resource for housing education and research in Michigan.

National Affiliation

Since January 1996, HERI has been a member of the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers. The consortium members regularly exchange ideas and research results throughout the year. Annual reports are formally presented by all members of the consortium at the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) annual convention - International Builders Show.

Focus Areas

The MSU Housing Education & Research Initiative can provide expertise in the following focus areas:

  • Estimating and Scheduling;
  • Safety;
  • Sustainable Design and Construction;
  • Energy Efficiency;
  • Construction Materials and Technology;
  • Planning and Building Codes;
  • Site Planning and Land Development;
  • Remodeling Technology;
  • Computer Applications; and
  • Emerging Issues.

In addition to the CM Program, faculty members from a number of other programs participate in HERI activities. Some of these programs/departments are:

Current/Recent Projects

2013-16: Housing Education and Leadership Program (HELP), National Housing Endowment, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Washington DC.

2012-14: Change Orders in Construction Industry, ELECTRI International, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, MD.

2013-14: An Underutilized Approach to Team Integration: Partnering - Barriers, Benefits, and Opportunities. International Partnering Institute, Livermore, CA.

Recent Reports/Theses

Garcia, A. J., Mollaoglu-Korkmaz, S., and Syal, M. (2016). “Adoption of Building Information Modeling in Small Size Home-Building-Businesses,”  Applied Research Project Report, HELP Grant, Michigan State University

Garcia, A. J., Mollaoglu-Korkmaz, S., and Syal, M. (2015). “Costs and Benefits of NGBS Certified Single-Family Green Homes,”  Applied Research Project Report, HELP Grant, Michigan State University

Jackson, Jawanda (2014). "An Exploratory Study of Three Paths to Green Homes: Energy Star Homes, LEED for Homes, and the National Green Building Standard (abridged version)," MS-CM Research Report, Michigan State University

2013 Progress Report (Full Version) (2013). Homebuilding Education Leadership Program Grant Progress Report: National Association of Homebuilders. "Improving Residential Focus of the Construction Management Program at Michigan State University."

Mo, Yunjeong Leah (2012) “The Integration of Quantitative Information with an Intelligent Decision Support System for Residential Energy Retrofits” (Part 1, Part 2), MS-CM Thesis, Michigan State University

Stanley, Samuel (2011). “Information Framework for Residential Energy Retrofit,” MS-CM Research Report, Michigan State University


Dr. Matt SyalMatt Syal, PhD, LEED®AP, CPC, CGP
Professor of Construction Management
Director, Housing Education & Research Initiative
 (517) 432-2951
 Syal's Website

Sinem Mollaoglu (Korkmaz)Sinem Mollaoglu (Korkmaz), PhD, LEED®AP
Associate Professor of Construction Management
(517) 353-3252
Mollaoglu's Website

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George H. Berghorn, PhD, LEED®AP BD+C, CGP
Assistant Professor
Human Ecology Building, Room 302E
(517) 353-8756

School of Planning, Design & Construction
Michigan State University
Human Ecology Building
552 W. Circle Drive, Room 101
East Lansing, MI 48824

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