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The goal of 'Whole Building' Design is to create a successful high-performance building by applying an integrated design and team approach to the project during the planning and programming phases.

WBDG Updates

Cost-Effective Design Objective

This section pertains to selecting building elements on the basis of life-cycle costs (weighing options during concepts, design development, and value engineering) as well as basic cost estimating and budget control.

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Belmont Building in Vancouver, British Columbia

Historic Preservation Design Objective

This section pertains to specific actions within a historic district or affecting a historic building whereby building elements and strategies are classifiable into one of the four approaches: preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or reconstruction.

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Interior of former auto showroom in Richmond, Virginia

New Courses

Data Center Energy Efficiency Certificate Series
This series covers best practices in air management, environmental conditions, cooling systems and electrical systems to achieve high performance, energy efficient data centers.
Window Film Fundamentals
This course will provide an overview to the various approaches to using window films to achieve different goals and outcomes.

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