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"WBDG: A Resource for All"
Author: Brodt, Bill,Smith, Dana K.,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: May/June 2009

The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) ( is the only Web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria, and technology from a "whole buildings" perspective. The resource is a product of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), a non-government, nonprofit organization that was established by Congress in 1974 but now operates on its own. The Institute was established to build a bridge between the private and public sector. The Whole Building Design Guide is a great example of the role the Institute was meant to play. Also unique is that the Institute is required by its legislation to represent practitioners in all these building industry segments: architects, engineers, contractors, insurers, unions, manufacturers, legal, housing, vendors, owners, consumers, state & federal government, codes & standards, and testing. This makes the perfect place for a whole buildings resource tool. The WBDG is organized into three major categories: (1) Design Guidance; (2) Project Management; and (3) Operations & Maintenance (O&M). The WBDG now offers several continuing education courses built upon the content of the WBDG.

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