The WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® Gets an Overhaul

WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) — The National Institute of Building Sciences officially launched its newly redesigned free web portal, the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®.

Used by millions of building professionals each year, the WBDG contains design, construction and facility management information and criteria required by U.S. military and other federal agencies, along with substantial content on topics of interest to all building professionals.

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Following a year-long effort, the WBDG now offers expanded search and browsing capabilities to narrow results; a restructured site menu to improve access to desired information; bookmarking capability for account holders; faster loading and increased performance; a responsive template for viewing on any device; improved readability and graphics; and increased security.

The WBDG design team also replaced the Construction Criteria Base, the building industry’s oldest continuously operating electronic information system (which has run since 1987), with the newly structured Federal Facility Criteria library. The new library reorganizes documents by government agency and document type while expanding the collection with new criteria from additional agencies. With this upgrade, WBDG account holders are able to subscribe to either a specific document or document type to receive email notifications when it gets updated.

A new continuing education platform on the WBDG offers students the ability to browse courses by topic and offers a more robust user experience. The WBDG has added several new course selections; and students are now able to retake courses every two years.

WBDG account holders, take a look to see what’s new!

Haven’t used the WBDG before? Check it out.

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The National Institute of Building Sciences was authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383. In establishing the Institute, Congress recognized the need for an organization that could serve as an interface between government and the private sector. The Institute's public interest mission is to serve the Nation by supporting advances in building science and technology to improve the built environment.

Through the Institute, Congress established a public/private partnership to enable findings on technical, building-related matters to be used effectively to improve government, commerce and industry.

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Phone: (202) 289-7800
Fax: (202) 289-1092

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