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Whole Building Design Guide courses


The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) courses contain a wealth of information and are a gateway to up-to-date information on integrated ‘whole building’ design techniques and technologies. The courses featured offer an introduction to whole building design concepts as well as more specific applications for design objectives, building types and operations and maintenance.

The content in the WBDG courses has been developed by top experts in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and facility management, among others. The information is up-to-date and relevant and aims to inspire students to engage in the process of whole building design contributing to the stock of America’s building.

Distance education is a great and very convenient way for architecture, engineering, and building design professionals to gain valuable knowledge about whole building design while earning continuing education credits.

The WBDG is a registered continued education provider.

Current WBDG courses on offer include:

The integrated design process

  • Whole building approach to laboratories
  • Planning for secure building
  • Optimizing operations and maintenance
  • Daylight principles and strategies for sustainable deisgn
  • Sustainable roofing design considerations and applications
  • Defining, evaluating and selecting green products
  • Principles and goals of accessible design
  • Seismic design basics
  • High-performance exterior insulation and finishing system (EIFS) for sustainable construction
  • Site security design process and strategies
  • Window and glazing design strategies for sustainable design
  • Strategies for sustainable historic preservation
  • Building commissioning principles and strategies
  • Building science basics
  • The principles and process for conducting a life-cycle cost analysis
  • Achieving sustainable site design through low impact development practices
  • An integrated approach to heat ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) design and performance
  • Fuel cells: advanced distribution generation

For more information see the WBDG continuing education website.