The specialty in Sustainability in the Built Environment promotes research in the integration of environmental systems and the sustainable design of buildings and communities, investigating the interrelationship of building envelope design, buildings systems, energy utilization, building design for new construction and retrofit, and sustainable patterns of settlement.

The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education is a non-partisan center for research and leadership training on smart growth and related land use issues in Maryland, in metropolitan regions around the nation, and in Asia and Europe.

The specialty in housing policy, design, and development includes studies of U.S., State or Local Housing Policy, the demand for mixed use and specialized housing (i.e.