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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

Accessible Design Objective

This design objective pertains to building elements, heights and clearances implemented to address the specific needs of disabled people.

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Healy Family Student Center at Georgetown University was designed to provide access to the natural surroundings

Space Types

In ancient Roman times, the atrium was the central open area of a house, but today the term atrium is typically associated with commercial and public buildings including offices, health care facilities, libraries, hotels, courthouses, educational facilities, etc.
Typical atrium spaces are large glazing areas on walls and roof.
Auditorium space types are areas for large meetings, presentations, and performances. Auditorium space type facilities may include assembly halls, exhibit halls, auditoriums, and theaters.
The historic 1927 Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University.

Continuing Education

Renewable Energy On-site Project Implementation Process
This eTraining introduces a five-phase process for implementing federal on-site renewable energy projects to meet agency goals.

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